In this article, we’ll be walking you through how to update the firmware on your Xbox One controller.
Why should I update my Xbox One controller firmware?
Updating the firmware on your controller can solve a host of different problems, such as input lag, stick drift, or a trigger/button randomly firing or activating without pressing it. In some cases, updating your Xbox One controller can also fix mic and headset echo on Xbox One.
While most of the time we recommend taking your controller apart and cleaning it or replacing broken bumpers or triggers when buttons get stuck or are unresponsive, it’s possible a firmware upgrade can fix these issues and it’s worth taking a few minutes to try this first.
On top of fixing different problems, being on the most updated version of firmware helps ensure your controller is operating at peak performance. Some gamers are tens or hundreds of versions behind when it comes to their controller firmware or, even worse, have never updated their controller since purchasing their Xbox One!
Let’s cover the few steps you need to take in order to update the firmware on your Xbox One controller.
Updating the Firmware on your Xbox One Controller
Updating your Xbox One Controller is a straight forward and simple process. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t make upgrading firmware as obvious as it probably should be.
Following these few simple steps will help you upgrade your controller and get back to gaming in no time.
Step 1 – Navigate to the Device & Connections Settings Menu
The first step you must take in order to upgrade your Xbox One Controller involves navigating to the settings menu, which can be accessed by pressing the Xbox Home Button, scrolling all the way to the further right-hand menu, and selecting the ‘Settings’ option.
Once you’re in the settings menu:
- Navigate to the ‘Devices & Connections’ menu option
- Select the ‘Accessories’ sub-menu option
This will bring you to the Xbox Accessories menu. If you only have a controller connected, chances are this is the only accessory you’ll see in the menu.
Step 2 – Select the […] Menu Item
Once you’re in the Xbox Accessories menu:
- Navigate to and select the […] menu option
This will bring you into the controller details screen.
Make sure the controller you’re updating is powered on and connected to the console.
Note: Did you know there is a controller test option? It’s the beaker icon, right next to the […] menu option. You can test your controller if you’re having issues with buttons not responding, stick drift, and other problems.
Step 3 – Select the Firmware Version Menu Option
While hidden deep in the Xbox settings application, the controller details screen has various bit of information and options for customizing your Xbox One Controller preferences, such as:
- Firmware Version Information
- Which Xbox Gamer Tag the controller is assigned to
- Which Xbox Gamer Tag the controller signs in automatically (or doesn’t)
- Volume Options
- Buzz (to test your rumble motors)
- Turning on Copilot Mode
Once you’re in the Xbox Wireless Controller menu:
- Select the Firmware version menu option and press the ‘A’ button
The firmware version menu option should tell you right away if your controller needs a firmware update or not.
Step 4 – Select ‘Update Now’ to Update Your Xbox One Controller Firmware
Once you have selected the firmware version menu option and determined whether or not your Xbox One controller is up to date, select the ‘Update Now’ option to update your Xbox One controller firmware to the latest version.
You can also exit from the Xbox One Controller firmware update menu if you would like to update your controller at a different time.
Depending on the version, your controller will take a few minutes to update. Make sure you keep the controller motionless and turned on during the update.
Your updates are now complete.
If you missed the notification that your controller does not need an update in Step 3, the Xbox One Controller firmware update screen will remind you that no updates are needed.
Step 5 – Restart Your Xbox One Controller and Xbox One Console
Once you’ve completed your Xbox One Controller firmware update, take a few more minutes to restart your Xbox One console and Xbox One controller.
If you’re still running into issues after updating your controller, you can always try a hard reset/clearing your Xbox One cache to see if that fixes any issues.
We hope this article on how to update or upgrade your Xbox One Controller firmware helped you more easily update your controller and provide some additional context on controller options and other troubleshooting steps along the way.
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