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Xbox controller not working: Quick Fix

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Xbox controllers are great in both form and function. However, just like every other piece of hardware ever created, they can at times fail at things.

In this article, we’re looking at why your controller keeps disconnecting and what you can do to fix the problem.

Also read: Can you play Valorant with a controller? Is it available on Xbox?

Why is your Xbox controller not working?

There are several reasons why this might be happening. Some of the most popular ones being

  • Low battery level.
  • Outdated controllor firmware.
  • You’re too far away from the console.

How to fix the Xbox controller not working error?

Here are a few fixes that’ll get your controller up and running.

Move closer to your console

This is a bit of an obvious one, but if you’re too far away from your console and out of range for your (wireless) remote, it will give you random disconnects and won’t work in general. Try moving closer to your console to see if that solves the problem.

Try changing the battery

Another very probable cause of controller malfunctions is a low battery level. Try changing the batteries or recharging your controller to see if that resolves your problem. 

Try reconnecting

Whether you’re running a wired or wireless controller, reconnecting can help fix any connection issues you’re facing. Just unplug and plug the USB plug again, or if you’re using a wireless one, press and hold down the Connect button to force the controller to reconnect. 

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Power cycle your console

Restarting your console (or PC) can help as well. It could be a possibility that the console and not your remote are causing the problem. Restarting can fix that. 

Update your controller’s firmware

Updating your controller firmware can also help get rid of the problem. 

Step 1: Connect your remote to the console using a USB cable.

Step 2: Press the Menu button on the controller and select Settings.

Step 3: Head onto Devices & Accessories and select the problematic controller.

Step 4: Click Update followed by Continue.

Wait until the update completes, and your problem should’ve gone away. 

Try another controller

Try using another controller with your PC or console to see if that one works. If it does, chances are something is wrong with your current controller, and it needs to be either replaced or repaired. 

Also read: How to fix Xbox error code 0x903f9008?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: