How to Connect an Xbox 360 Controller to a PC without a Receiver?


PC gaming is the most popular form of gaming. You can use many input devices to play the game. You can use a keyboard and mouse, steering wheel setup, Yoke, or even a controller. But what if you have an older working Xbox 360 controller? More specifically, if you have lost the controller’s receiver, how do you connect the Xbox 360 controller to the PC? Well, all these questions will be answered in today’s guide.

If you use a controller for gaming, you know how useful it is, especially in many racing or driving games. Some people even enjoy first-person shooters with the controller. Whatever the use, it is always pleasant with the controller. The Xbox 360 controller comes with a small receiver plugged into a USB port to operate. But, what do you do when you don’t have a receiver or get lost? Read on to learn more.

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Connect an Xbox 360 Controller to PC

If you love the Xbox controllers, a more sensible option would be to go for an Xbox One controller that is either wired or wireless. The best part about these Xbox One controllers is at least for the wired one, all you need to do is plug and play. In the case of the wireless Xbox One controller, you can simply make use of Bluetooth to connect the controller to your PC. Follow these steps to pair an Xbox One wireless controller to your Windows PC.

  • Power up your Xbox One controller and make sure that it has enough battery charge on it.
  • Now, on your Windows PC open the Settings app and select the Bluetooth and Devices option.
  • Make sure to turn on Bluetooth on your Windows PC.
  • Now press and hold the pair button that is present on the top part of your controller.
  • The X button on the controller will begin to flash rapidly.
  • On your PC, click on the Add Bluetooth or other devices option.
  • Select the Bluetooth option.
  • Now, your Windows PC will begin to search for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  • Once it finds the Controller, simply select it.
  • Both devices will now pair with each other.
  • You can now use the Xbox One Wireless Controller to play games on your Windows PC.

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