How to quickly find your Gaming Controller in Windows 10

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  • To make things easier, Microsoft updated the text of the Add a Device dialog so the list of examples under Bluetooth includes controllers in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19624.
  • Make sure your controller is charged, is ON, and it has the Bluetooth connection turned ON (if applicable, of course).
  • Controllers spice up things, especially when you connect them to your PC. Read all about them in our Controller section.
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how to quickly find your Gaming Controller in Windows 10

We all know that a game controller can make games a lot more enjoyable on a Windows 10 PC. That’s if you’re used to them from a console or whatnot. Anyway, the first step after you get the controller is to connect it to your rig, right?

If it’s a USB controller, the things are pretty straight forward but what if it’s a Bluetooth one? In fact, some users complained that they can’t find it in Windows 10.

To make things easier, Microsoft updated the text of the Add a Device dialog so the list of examples under Bluetooth includes controllers in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19624.

How can I find my Gaming Controller in Windows 10?

1. Prepare your controller

Make sure your controller is charged, is ON, and it has the Bluetooth connection turned ON (if applicable, of course).

2. Look for your controller in Windows 10

To start adding a new Bluetooth controller click on the Windows Start button or press the Windows key, then click on Settings (the little cogwheel), and then on Devices.

Adding a new Bluetooth device

First, turn on the Bluetooth connection, then click on the + button like shown in the image.

3. Detect and setup

Adding a Bluetooth game controller

In the next window, you will see three options to add a device. You need the first option, to add a Bluetooth device, and as you can see, Microsoft added the controllers word to describe the list of devices you can add.

After you click on the Bluetooth button, you will see a list of devices that Windows detected and among them, hopefully, your Bluetooth controller. Click on it and follow the on-screen instructions. Again, make sure your controller is ON, charged, and with Bluetooth ON. Also, make sure that the controller is in the Bluetooth range.

That’s about it! Enjoy and game ON! If you have any other problems, questions or suggestions, please drop us a line in the comments section below.

FAQ: Read more about controllers

  • How can I tell if my computer is connected to a controller?

There are more ways to find about. For starters, you can just turn the controller ON, start a game and see if the buttons do anything. If it’s a wireless controller, type Bluetooth in the Windows search bar and click on Bluetooth and other devices settings from the results. All the connected wireless devices will show up in the window. You can also find the devices you’re using in the Control Panel  > View devices and printers.

  • How do I connect a controller to my PC?

If it’ a wired controller, just plug it into your USB port. If it’s a wireless controller, go to Bluetooth and other devices settings from Windows > Settings, then turn on Bluetooth and then click on the + button to add a new device. Then click on the Bluetooth button.

  • Does a wired controller reduce input lag?
It’s a subject of debate but wired controllers should be a little bit faster than the wireless ones, especially if you use a USB 3.0 port.
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