Fix Xbox One Controller Flashing and not Working

Learn why your Xbox One Controller keeps flashing and how to fix it.

Imagine this. It’s game night, and you’re having all your buddies (accompanied by their fine ladies) coming over. 

You’re setting up your gear, time to show them who’s the boss. And suddenly, you notice one of the Xbox controllers won’t stop blinking, and it won’t connect. 

You try to pair it repeatedly, but it just won’t respond.

Now that’s a real bummer, especially if Michelle is also coming along today for the very first time. 

No need to panic. In this article, we’ll show you all the reasons why your Xbox One Controller keeps blinking and how to fix it.

There is no need to cancel the game night and lose your chance with your date.

What are the Causes of Xbox One Controller Flashing, not Connecting?

1. Controller is connected to another device wirelessly

Although the initial versions of Xbox Controllers lacked Bluetooth support, more recent ones (from 2013) can be connected to wireless gadgets like headphones, earbuds, and Alexa (through third-party techs).

If your Xbox One Controller is already connected wirelessly to another device, it won’t be able to pair with your PC/Xbox One console.

Tap the ))) Pair button beside the Controller’s USB port once. This prompts the Controller to switch from the Bluetooth device to the Xbox One console.

2. Connecting your Controller to an Xbox console with its Maximum number of Controllers paired already

Unlike PS4, PS5, and even Xbox 360 consoles that can accommodate only 4 controllers at a time, your Xbox One console can take up to 8 controllers connected wirelessly and via USB.

Talk about setting up a game Party.

You’ll have to disconnect one of the eight connected controllers to create space for a new connection.

3. Controller Pairing errors

If your Controller keeps blinking after pairing, it shows you didn’t do it properly, and you’ll have to attempt pairing all over again.

4. Controller paired with another Console

Suppose there’s more than one Xbox One console in your gaming hub; there’s a chance that the particular Controller you’re trying to pair with a console/PC is already paired with a different console. 

You can correct this error by a complete power cycle of your set-up.

5. Attempting to pair a controller that’s out of range with the Xbox One Console

Your Xbox One console has a wireless range of up to 28 feet from the Controller.

If the Controller is farther away from the range, pairing won’t be successful.

Also, bear in mind that enclosed space barriers such as walls, room cabinets, shelves, and other major furniture can limit wireless communication.

How to Fix ‘Controller Flashing and not Connecting’ issues

1. Power cycle your gaming hub

  • Turn off your TV and Xbox One console, then remove all wired connections, including HDMI cables, power cables and other audio cables.
  • Allow for 5 minutes before plugging them back in. 
  • Clean up all dirt and debris from the surface and sensors of your console/controllers.

2. Check controller batteries

Your Xbox One Controller uses double AA-type rechargeable batteries. 

Try replacing the batteries with fully charged ones.

3. Reset your Xbox One console

This clears off any playback errors and connection glitches. Press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds to reset the console.

4. Attempt Pairing the Controller properly

  • Turn on your Xbox One console.
  • Press the pairing button on the console. Also, hold down  ))) pair button on the Controller till it starts blinking, then release it. Your Controller is now connected.

If this doesn’t work, try the following options.

5. Connect Controller using a micro-USB cable

You can quickly fix your Controller not connecting issues by using a micro-USB cable.

It’s a simple plug-and-play method. The Controller connects automatically once it detects a USB connection.

6. Update Controller Firmware using another updated controller

You can update the firmware of the Controller by using another updated controller.

  • Plug in the affected Controller via USB into the console
  • Now pair the updated Controller wirelessly.
  • Using the updated Controller (on the wireless connection), select the Xbox button and head to profile assistant app > settings > devices and connections > accessories.
  • Now select the icon for the troubling Controller (connected via USB) and press the icon below it … (looks like 3 dots)
  • Choose the update option to update its firmware.

7. Downgrade/Revert your firmware update

As a last measure, if your Controller won’t pair or stop blinking after performing an update, you can restore it to its former condition.

  • Head to Xbox assist > Get help > Console and accessories
  • Select the controller folder and open my Controller has connection issues after the last update.
  • Select ‘check controller firmware.’
  • Once it takes you to the ‘Revert Firmware’ option, plug in your affected Controller and select Revert.

Did you find any of these fixes helpful? Let us know in the comments section.

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How do I keep track of my Controller’s current location if I can’t remember where I left it?

Answer: Head to settings > devices and accessories and select find. Ensure the Controller was previously Turned on and within range.

Can I use the voice command to turn on my Xbox One controller?

Answer: Yes, you can, but you’ll need a Kinect sensor. Head to Profile & system > Settings > General > Power mode & startup > Power mode to verify your console is set to instant-on by default.

You can also set up voice commands using Google Assistant and Alexa.