Why is my Xbox One controller blinking?

When something unusual appears on your Xbox One controller, the first reaction is to panic. And yet, when you own a game console, you will inevitably have to face a problem one day. However, All the problems does not mean your controller is dead. There are often solutions to return to normal use of the latter. Today we will focus on the flashing problem on a controller. So, discover why is your Xbox One controller flashing and what to do to get rid of it?

Why is the Xbox One controller blinking?

The causes

In the majority of cases, your Xbox One controller is blinking because it can't connect to your PC or console. Different factors can prevent it from connecting. They can be more or less serious and more or less easy to repair. Then, what are these factors?

  • a software or microprocessor bug
  • a malfunction of the Bluetooth circuit or the USB cable
  • internal component or power failure
  • a minor problem related to your use
  • a signal that is not strong enough

Your Xbox One controller may also blink because its batteries are low or have failed.

For the majority of these problems there is a solution. Discover them now.

Basic checks

When your Xbox One controller is flashing, do a few basic checks to make sure the problem comes from the controller and that a error in your use is not the cause :

1 / Check if the failure comes from the computer, the console or the Xbox One controller by testing another controller on your Xbox or by testing your controller on another Xbox or another PC. If you find that the problem is with your console or PC, contact Microsoft support.

2 / Make sure that no objects are between the receivers of your PC or the console and your Xbox One controller, which could prevent your controller from connecting. Move away electronic devices that may interfere with the signal.

3 / Make sure to keep a close connection distance between the two devices (maximum 9m). Do not hesitate to come closer so that the signal is clearer and the connection easier.

4 / Make sure that the front of the console or the front of the computer is directed towards the controller.

5 / Unplug the headset which can sometimes prevent the Xbox One controller from connecting. Reconnect the controller and synchronize it if necessary. Reconnect the microphone once your controller is connected.

Read also: My controller gets out of sync all the time, what should I do? 

What to do when your Xbox One controller is blinking and not connecting?

If you've ruled out the possibility that your Xbox One controller is flashing due to a minor issue with your usage, then it turns out that the problem is due to a system bug or a hardware malfunction. Perform the various checks and operations below to try to find the origin of the problem and its solution.

what to do when your Xbox One controller flashes

Software issues when your Xbox One controller flashes

Turn on and reset your hardware

When your Xbox One controller is flashing and no longer connecting, it is possible that software or microprocessor bugs be the cause. In this case, first try to reset your controller. To do this, plug the cable into the USB port on your console and the other end into the controller, then press and hold the Xbox button on the controller for a few seconds.

If your Xbox controller keeps flashing, restart and electrically reset your console by proceeding as follows:

  1. Press and hold the Xbox power button for 10 seconds, until the console turns off.
  2. Unplug the power cable from its AC outlet.
  3. Wait 20 minutes.
  4. Reconnect the cable, then turn the console back on.

If your Xbox One controller blinks but won't connect to the PC, do the following:

  • Press the Start key on your computer
  • Select On / Off -> Restart.

Update your Xbox One controller

When your Xbox One controller flashing, it is also possible that his system needs updating. To check if your controller needs an update, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your controller to the Xbox using its USB cable.
  2. Go to your console guide by pressing the Xbox button.
  3. Select “Profile and system”> “Settings”> “Devices and connections”> “Accessories”.
  4. Go to "Xbox Wireless Controller". If you see the “Update” option, launch it and follow the steps provided.
  5. When the update is installed, disconnect the controller from the USB cable and try to reconnect it using Bluetooth.

If it works and the Xbox One controller stops flashing, the problem was with a software malfunction. Otherwise, the problem most likely stems from a hardware failure.

Hardware issues when your Xbox One controller flashes

Weak or broken batteries

When batteries are weak or faulty, the controller has trouble connecting because the signal is weak. In this case, it will flash to alert you of the problem. Then check the condition of the batteries. If you find that the battery level is low, replace or charge them if necessary.

Reconnect your Xbox One controller to your console or PC

A flashing Xbox One controller in most cases means it can't connect to your console or PC. In this case, it often happens that it is because the controller is not detected by the device in question.

Then check that you have connected and / or synchronized your Xbox One controller which flashes to your console or your computer. If you notice that the controller is not connected, re-pair it with your device.

1 - Connect your Xbox One controller to a console
Note: If you have connected your Xbox One controller to another device (PC or other console), you must re-sync it to your console each time. 

Si your Xbox One controller flashes when connecting it to your console, proceed as follows to connect it via Bluetooth:

  1. Press and hold the Connect button on the back of the controller until the Xbox button flashes.
  2. Press the Pair button on the console.

If your controller continues to flash, the Bluetooth circuit is down. In this case, try to connect your controller with the USB cable. If that still doesn't work, the controller is having a software or hardware issue. Take the next step in our guide.

2 - Connect your Xbox One controller to a PC

Si your Xbox One controller flashes when connecting it to a PC, the problem is probably due to the connection between the two devices. In this case, try to change the connection method among the 3 possible:

Connect your Xbox One controller to a Windows device using:

  • a USB cable
  • Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows
  • Bluetooth. 

This allows you to note whether the fault is due to a Bluetooth connection faulty, cable that no longer works or the remote.

Cable or Bluetooth connection problem

As we have just seen, when your Xbox One controller flashes, the origin of the problem is most likely a connection problem:

  • If the wired connection works but the wireless connection does not, in that case, the bluetooth circuit is probably defective. It will then be necessary to replace the lever.
  • If the wired connection does not work but the Bluetooth connection works, in that case, the USB cable is most likely defective. Then try another cable. If this does not change anything with another cable, then you will need to change your controller.
Note: the USB cable used must be of quality and a data cable (not just loading). Avoid exposed, damaged cables or counterfeits that may not function properly. 

Call on professional service

If despite all the checks previously seen your controller keeps flashing and not connecting, it may be that the problem is too big to solve. Indeed, it may be a failure of internal components or a faulty power supply. You will then have to call on a professional service if your controller no longer works properly.

First of all, operate your warranty if your controller is still eligible. Otherwise, you can try to contact:

  • Xbox support.
  • the after-sales service of your controller.
  • an independent repair service.

Be aware, however, that if your controller is no longer under warranty, you will be billed for repair or replacement costs. It is often more advantageous to buy a new controller.

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