A slowly blinking Xbox Series X controller is not failed completely. Instead, it indicates two major problems.
One is that it is not connected properly. The other issue can be weak batteries. In addition, there can be some other causes.
Your controller is not essentially the culprit. It can be the console that is refusing to pair. So, you have to invest some of your time to find out the root cause.
How I Learned to Fix Xbox
I will suggest a few tricks to fix the gadget. But, you may be wondering how I learned these hacks.
Honestly speaking, I learned these tricks while working with my younger cousin’s Xbox. He is a little guy and mostly uses his gadgets carelessly.
Therefore, his devices pose different issues. Whenever he faces any issue with his gadgets, he comes straight to me.
Because he knows I like to fix such things. Plus I do know how to troubleshoot multiple devices. So, he trusts me and you can also rely on me as he does.
1. Replace the Batteries
One immediate reason is the weak or worn-out batteries. Even though your controller turns ON yet it keeps on blinking. Hence, remove the old batteries and insert the fresh ones.
The gadget should start working now. If you use a rechargeable battery, charge it fully. Also, check the charge indicator that shows on the upper right corner of the screen.
2. Reset the Controller
Software bugs can lead to poor or no connection. Therefore, your Series X controller blinks but does not connect. It can be fixed by resetting the gadget.
- Connect your Xbox controller to the console through a USB cable.
- Now, hold the “Guide” button (labeled as X) on the controller.
- Release the button when it turns OFF.
- Wait a few seconds and turn the gadget ON.
3. Reset Your Series X Console
The console may be having a software issue. Therefore, it cannot pair to the controller. Hence, you should reset it. Note that this simple reset does not delete any of the data.
- On your Xbox Series X console, press and hold the “Power” button.
- Release it after 10 seconds or when the console is turned OFF.
- Unplug the power cable from the back of the device or from the power outlet.
- After 20 minutes, plug the power cable back into the device.
4. Check Wireless Signals
While pairing the gadgets wirelessly, you should maintain the recommended distance. Do not go farther than 9 meters. Point the controller directly at the console from a minimum distance.
Remove all the objects placed between both devices. For example, a wall, door, cupboard, metal objects, or electronic gadgets can interfere with the signals. So, clear the path and try again.
5. Update the System
If the reset does not work, your system needs to be updated. Either one or both gadgets have outdated firmware.
That’s why they are facing trouble while pairing. Here is how to update the system;
- Connect the controller to the console using a USB cable.
- Press the “Xbox” button on the controller to open the “Guide”.
- Choose “Profile and System” and then click on “Settings”.
- Next, select “Devices and Connections” and then, “Accessories”.
- Click on the “Xbox Wireless Controller” tab and check the latest firmware version.
- Hit the “Update” button if it shows on the screen.
- Once, the update is complete, disconnect the devices. Now, try to connect them wirelessly.
6. Switch the Connections
The controller blinks either on the wireless or on the wired connection. You should switch between the connection types.
If it occurs only on Bluetooth, the signals are weak or the Bluetooth module of the devices has failed. While blinking on a wired connection indicates a faulty cable or loose connection.
However, if the blinking issue occurs on both wired and wireless connectivity, there is some intricate problem.
You should try connecting the controller to some other console or PC. If it does not work on other devices too, its hardware has failed.
7. Examine the Connection Cable
If your gadgets are connected via the USB cable, examine the connector. The cable may be damaged, frayed out, or defective. So, replace it with a new one.
Moreover, you may be using an incompatible cable. Always use the USB cable provided with your Xbox Series X system. Replace the cable if you do have another USB cord at home.
8. Hardware Failure
If still, the controller is blinking slowly, it may have defective hardware. Bluetooth connectivity has failed in the case of wireless connection. While in the case of a wired connection, the USB cable is faulty or damaged.
9. Hard Reboot X Series Console
Overheating leads to many problems. Your console fails to connect to the controller. It does so as a preventive measure.
So, shut down the console until it gets cool down. Moreover, try a hard reboot;
- Eject the disc from your X Series console.
- Now, press and hold the “Xbox” button for 10 seconds or until the console turns OFF.
- Wait a few seconds. Now, hold the “Xbox” and “Eject” buttons at the same time.
- You will hear a beep sound and the console will turn ON.
- The power light should be flashing. Keep holding both buttons.
- The device will give a second beep after 10 seconds. At this point, you should release the Eject and the Xbox buttons.
- This method reboots the Xbox console in low-resolution mode. It eliminates the problem of overheating or software bugs.
10. Contact the Manufacturer
Have you applied all the solutions and still the issues exist? Unfortunately, your controller has failed due to some hardware defect.
Contact Xbox to get your device repaired. If it is under warranty, ask for a free repair, replacement, or refund. Otherwise, consult a local but professional technician.
Get the repair cost and compare it with the price of a new controller. It is better to purchase a new Xbox Series X controller if the repair cost is too much.
FAQs Regarding Xbox
Here are a few commonly asked questions. I hope, you will find them helpful.
Why is my Xbox Series X controller connected but not working?
Restart your Series X controller to fix the issue. Hold the “Xbox” button for 6 seconds to shut it down. Wait for 30 seconds. Press the power button again to turn the device ON. Moreover, connect the controller via the USB cable.
What to do if my Xbox One controller is connected but not working?
Turn OFF the controller by holding down the Xbox button for 10 seconds. After a few seconds press the button again to turn ON the device. Unplug your console from power and turn it ON after 10 minutes. Disconnect and pair the devices multiple times. Establish a wired connection using a USB cable.
What is the warranty for Xbox and how to check it?
The standard warranty period for Xbox is 90 days. You can check it by signing in to your Microsoft account. Select your Xbox version under the “Devices” section. Next, choose “Device Coverage”. It will show you the warranty coverage of your device and the time left.
I have included all the hacks known to my knowledge. I also gathered some tricks from many Xbox users.
Hence, you can follow my guide confidently. Surely, it can fix your Xbox Series X controller that is blinking slowly but not connecting.