Connect an Xbox One Controller to an iPhone or iPad

Edited by Jay

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iOS 13 and iPad OS 13 added support for a few popular gaming controllers, one of which is the Xbox One S wireless controller. If you're into playing games on your iPhone or iPad, using a Bluetooth console controller will undoubtedly improve playability for certain types of games, especially those designed to be played with a joystick.

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In the following Visi tutorial, we're going to go through the steps for pairing and unpairing an Xbox One S controller with an iPhone or iPad.

For this write-up, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.6.

Pair Xbox One S Controller with iPhone or iPad

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    Tap the Settings app.
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    Tap Bluetooth.
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    Tap the switch to enable Bluetooth.
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  4. 4
    Power up your Xbox One controller by pressing the Xbox button for 3-5 seconds
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    Once powered on the Xbox button flashes slowly.
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    With your iPhone or iPad close by, press the pair button on your Xbox One controller for 2-3 seconds
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    The Xbox button is now flashing rapidly.
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    On the Bluetooth screen on your iPhone or iPad, your Xbox One controller should be visible under OTHER DEVICES, tap it to connect.
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    Once your iPhone or iPad is paired with your controller, it's listed below MY DEVICES.
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    Open a game and have some fun with your new controller setup.
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    For a complete list of controller supported iOS games, go to www.controller.wtf/mfi-games.
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Unpair Xbox One S Controller with iPhone or iPad

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  1. 1
    Launch the Settings app.
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    Tap Bluetooth.
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  3. 3
    Tap Xbox Wireless Controller
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  4. 4
    Tap Disconnect.
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    You can also tap Forget This Device to remove it completely
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    You'll have to add it again later if you wish to use it.
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    Once unpaired, your Xbox controller will display as Not Connected on the main Bluetooth screen.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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