How to Use & Charge Wii Controllers

Updated March 23, 2017

If the Nintendo Wii controller is responsible for everything you do in a game, from moving to clicking on a button. The initial set-up of the controller is fairly simple and involves pressing only a few buttons to get ready. Once you've used the controller for several hours, you will need to either replace the batteries in the charger or use a separately sold charging station. The charging station comes with a rechargeable battery pack.

Plug the charging cradle into either a wall outlet or USB slot, depending on the type of connection the charging cradle uses. Several cradles are available; some use a USB plug, which can plug into any USB slot or an outlet plug.

Remove the protective jacket from the Wii controller, if you have one. Remove the back battery cover and the batteries inside.

Connect the rechargeable battery pack to the inside of the battery compartment. Look for arrows to indicate which way the battery pack fits in.

Place the Wii controller into the cradle. You should see lights illuminate on the cradle to indicate the batteries are charging. The lights will change to a different colour when the controller is fully charged. For example, one charging cradle brand may light up blue when the controller is charging and then change to green when it is done.

Remove the Wii controller from the charging cradle when it is done charging. Turn on the Nintendo Wii. If you do not see a blue light illuminate underneath one of the four numbers on the controller, press the red "Sync" button on the Wii and then press the red "Sync" button on the back of the Wii remote in the battery compartment.

Place your wrist through the wrist strap on the bottom of the controller.

Point the remote at the TV screen. A pointer icon will appear on the screen. Move the controller to move the pointer. Press "A" on the controller to click on something and press the "Home" button to bring up the Wii menu. Press the "B" button to go back one screen.

Press and hold the red button on the left top of the controller to turn off the Wii.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 AA batteries
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.