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How To Reset Xbox One Controller? [Step By Step]

Learn how you can perform a soft and hard reset on your Xbox One controller and fix any ongoing technical issues.

Resetting your Xbox controller is likely to fix any of the issues you’re facing with the controller unless there is an underlying issue with the hardware. Moving on, I’ll provide you with two reset options that I could come up with, which include Soft Reset and Hard Reset.

Key Takeaways

  • The Xbox One controller reset helps restore its functions and helps make it work like it should.
  • Xbox One controller reset may be needed when the controller is unresponsive, has connectivity issues, or fails to perform the right actions.
  • You can reset your Xbox One controller by performing a Soft or Hard Reset.

Before heading to the reset guide, I’ll advise you to try some quick troubleshooting steps, which include: 

  1. Restart your console.
  2. Check the batteries of the controller. You can either try recharging them (If they are rechargeable) or replace them with new ones.
  3. Update your Xbox.
Tip: If you’ve been using your controller for a long time, now would be a good time to replace its batteries.

Soft Reset 

This is like power cycling your controller. It’s an excellent way to clear out any glitches or bugs that are preventing your Xbox One controller from the way it’s supposed to work.

Here’s how you can soft reset your Xbox One controller:

  1. Turn the Xbox controller off by pressing the guide button for 5-10 Seconds.
  2. Pull out the controller batteries.
  3. Wait a couple of minutes > Put the batteries back.
  4. Restart the controller.

Hard Reset

The hard reset is gonna reset your Xbox One controller for good. This will require you to power down your controller completely. This method has helped me multiple times, so I vouch for it.

Here’s how you can hard reset your Xbox One controller:

  1. Press the Xbox button for 5-10 Seconds to turn off the controller.
  2. Next, turn the console off.
  3. Unplug the console’s power cord from the outlet > Wait for 30 seconds > Plug it back in.
  4. Use a USB cable to connect the controller to the console.
  5. The console will Sync with the controller automatically.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does resetting my Xbox One controller delete all of my game progress?

No, both soft and hard resets will only affect the controller. They will not affect any of the data stored on the console itself.

What if the controller button issue persists after resetting?

In such cases, first, look at whether a firmware update is available. If you have updated it already, you may take your controller to a service center to check its hardware.

Should I reset my Xbox One controller regularly?

No, resetting the controller regularly is unnecessary. You can reset your Xbox One controller in situations in which you are facing technical issues.


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