How to Sync an XBox 360 Wireless Controller

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is set up to communicate with wireless controllers, although standard controllers work fine, too. If you've recently acquired a wireless controller, you'll need to sync it to your Xbox 360 before you can use it. The system uses a simple radio frequency to connect; the process only takes a few moments, and the controller should stay synced until the battery requires replacement.

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Things you need

  • Two AA batteries

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  1. 1

    Insert the batteries into your controller. Use two AA batteries or the Xbox rechargeable battery back. Remove the battery cover from the rear of the controller to install the batteries.

  2. 2

    Power on the controller and your system. Wait for the system to start up before attempting to sync. Turn your controller on by holding the "Start" button.

  3. 3

    Press the "Connect" button on the system. The connect button is located to the left of the power button.

  4. 4

    Press the "Connect" button on your controller; it's located on top of the controller. Once the light flashes on your controller, it is synced.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process to sync up to four wireless controllers.

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