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How to Connect Xbox Controller to Mac?

If you own an Xbox controller and a Mac user, you will be happy to know that connecting them is easier than you might think. We will walk you through the simple process to get your controller paired and ready for action on Mac. All just to increase your gaming experience as you desire. Let’s start with how to connect the Xbox controller to the Mac!

Step 1 – Check Controller Compatibility

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have a Bluetooth-compatible Xbox controller. Generally, controllers that came with the Xbox One S or later support Bluetooth. If your controller is an older model without Bluetooth, it won’t work wirelessly with your Mac.

Step 2 – Turn On the Controller

For the purpose of connection, press the Xbox button located in the center of the controller to turn it on. If the controller has never been paired with a device before, the Xbox button will blink.

Step 3 – Enable Bluetooth on Your Mac

Many users find it hard to enable Bluetooth on a Mac. But now it’s easy because this part is especially for them. You just want to go to “System Preferences” on your Mac (accessible from the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen) and select “Bluetooth.” Make sure the Bluetooth option is turned on.

Step 4 – Put the Controller in Pairing Mode

You can locate the small “Pairing” button on top of your Xbox controller. Press and hold this button until the Xbox button begins to flash rapidly. This indicates that the controller is now in pairing mode. It’s an easy way to check that it’s properly connected.

Step 5 – Connect to the Mac

You should see a list of available devices in the Bluetooth settings on your Mac. Look for your Xbox controller in the list (it might show up as an “Xbox Wireless Controller” or something similar). Click on it to initiate the pairing process.

Step 6 – Test the Connection

The Xbox button on the controller should stop flashing once the pairing is successful. Open a game or application that supports controllers to test whether the connection is working correctly. You should be able to go and control the game using your Xbox controller.

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How To Fix the Troubleshooting Issues?

  • If the connection does not work, try turning off and on the Bluetooth on your Mac and repeating the pairing process.
  • Make sure that there are no other devices interfering with the Bluetooth connection.
  • If you encounter persistent issues, you can use a USB cable to connect the Xbox controller directly to your Mac.

That’s it! Now, you should have successfully connected your Xbox controller to your Mac for gaming or other applications.



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