How to use an Xbox One S or X controller on Android

ByIngrid You 2019-06-10 1598

Android is compatible with Bluetooth controllers, and some games use it. So why not use the Xbox One S controller, or X for that matter, to enjoy one of the best devices of this generation? We will explain how to do it.

Mobile games have had a major flaw for years: the fact that they have to use a touch screen, without any real physical feedback for an action. While some types of games are suitable (especially puzzle games), it must be admitted that action games require more precise control.

Fortunately, for this purpose, Android is equipped with the GamePad API, which allows you to pair a controller in Bluetooth and use it with compatible games. What if you used one of the best controllers of this generation for that, the Xbox One S (or X)? Android is natively compatible with the Microsoft controller, here is how to pair it.

Which Xbox controllers are compatible?

Accuracy for the Xbox One S or X controller is important, and for good reason: the controllers of the original Xbox One connected to the console via direct Wi-Fi. As a result, they are not fully compatible with Android, at least not without a few tricks. It is therefore better to avoid it.

Since the Xbox One S, the controllers now connect via Bluetooth. As a result, they are directly compatible with many devices, including Android smartphones. The controllers on the Xbox One X are essentially the same, and are therefore also compatible.

How to use an Xbox One controller on Android?

Have your Xbox One S controller ready. Turn it on by pressing the Microsoft logo on the front, and keep pressing the pairing button until the logo flashes quickly in white.

Switch to your Android smartphone. All you have to do is go to Settings > Bluetooth. In the available devices, you should see the words "Xbox Wireless Controller". Click on it, and your Android smartphone will connect to it.

There you go! There you go! For all Android controller-compatible games, you can directly use your trusted Xbox One S controller. The same goes for emulators, which also allow you to reconfigure the controller as you wish. Enough to finally play in good conditions!

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