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How to connect Xbox Series X Controller to Android

Connect Xbox Series X Controller to Android

Mobile gaming has absolutely exploded onto the scene in recent years, with the arrival of games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty: Mobile, and others. However, the problem for some is that the touch-screen controls are really too much of a pain when it comes to being competitive, especially in those games that require pin-point input. Thankfully, there are some great controllers that can be paired to your Android phone tablet, just like the Xbox Series X controller that launched last year.

Connect Xbox Series X Controller to Android

Although the Xbox Series X controller offers a slight redesign compared to its predecessor, it’s nothing like going from Sony’s DualShock 4 to the all-new DualSense controller. This means that the pairing process to connect Xbox Series X controller to Android is going to be as easy as it gets, and that’s a good thing so you can start gaming quicker.

  1. Press and hold the Xbox button to turn it on.
  2. Press and hold the sync button on the top of the Xbox Series X controller until it starts blinking to put it in pairing mode.
  3. From your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  4. Navigate to the Bluetooth menu.
  5. Under Available Devices, select the Xbox Controller from the list.

Best games to use with Xbox Controller

There are quite a few games on the Play Store that can take full advantage of using the Xbox Series X controller. Some are cloud-based like Xbox Game Pass and Stadia, but others are side-scrolling platformers that will let you sit back and relax with hours of fun. Here are some of our favorite games to play after you’ve connected the Xbox controller to your Android phone or tablet.

Xbox Game Pass

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Whether on a console, a PC or an Android mobile device, with Xbox Game Pass you can play a wide variety of games from every genre blockbusters to critically acclaimed indie titles. You will always have something new to play, and have the freedom to discover and play games you’ve always wanted to play or revisit favorites you’ve been missing.

Google Stadia

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Stadia is Google’s gaming platform that lets you instantly play your favorite video games on screens you already own. Access to Stadia is on us — you only pay for the games. Stream games directly to your favorite compatible devices. They’re ready wherever you have Wi-Fi or Ethernet, without waiting for installs, downloads, or updates.

Dead Cells

Play as a failed alchemic experiment and explore the sprawling, ever-changing castle to find out what happened on this gloomy island…! That is, assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers. Dead Cells is a roguevania action platformer from Motion Twin that will require you to master frantic 2D combat with a wide variety of weapons and skills against merciless minions and boss.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Official Call of Duty designed exclusively for mobile phones. Play iconic multiplayer maps and modes anytime, anywhere. 100 player Battle Royale battleground? Fast 5v5 team deathmatch? Sniper vs sniper battle? Activision’s free-to-play Call of Duty: Mobile has it all.


Explore infinite worlds and build everything from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs. Create, explore and survive alone or with friends on mobile devices or Windows 10.


Those games that you grew up on are now playable right from your favorite smartphone. Emulators are a wonderful way to play those classics or even titles from consoles that are on their way out the door (RIP PSP). With an app like RetroArch, you’ll be able to fire up just about any of your favorite ROMs and play them from wherever you want. Plus, you can customize the input controls on your Xbox controller to make sure you don’t miss a beat.


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