[Tested] Easy Ways How to Fix Xbox Controller Blinking or Flashing Beginner’s Guide

(Last Updated On: May 4, 2023)

You’re prepared for a lengthy gaming session. You’ve finally made the time and are ready to unwind by playing your favorite Xbox games until the sun rises. When you pick up your Xbox controller and notice it is blinking, your heart sinks.

Don’t be concerned; there’s no need to panic. This is not a catastrophic event, but rather a simple problem. This article will go over some of the more common causes of your controller blinking, as well as solutions for each one.

How to Fix Xbox Controller Blinking or Flashing

How to Repair a Blinking Xbox Series X Controller

Because a blinking Series X controller is caused by one of two different factors, the issue is easily diagnosed. The most common causes are either weak or dead batteries, or the device has become unpaired from the console. It could also be a hybrid of the two. We’ll go over these and other scenarios so that no matter which one is causing your controller to blink, it can be easily fixed.

Examine the Controller’s Batteries

Your controller may be blinking due to low or fully discharged batteries. If your batteries are weak, your controller’s signal will be as well. Replace the batteries or plug in the controller and wait for it to fully recharge.

You should only use alkaline AA batteries with the LR6 designation when replacing the batteries. These are rechargeable, but they do not charge while inside the controller. You’ll need to recharge them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Follow these steps to replace the batteries in your controller:

  1. Hold the controller upside down in one hand.
  2. Press the battery cover and push in the direction of the arrow with your thumb on the opposite hand.
  3. After removing the cover, replace the batteries, paying attention to the “-” and “+” symbols to ensure proper installation.
  4. Return the battery cover to its original position by sliding it back into place.

It is critical to ensure that the batteries have been properly installed. Also, make sure the battery contacts are not bent, misshapen, or corroded.

You can check the battery strength of your controller by pressing the Xbox button and looking in the upper right corner of your screen. There is a battery icon there that indicates the current battery strength.

Examine the Controller’s Range

Your controller could be too far away from the game console. Move closer to see if the blinking stops. Another possibility is that the connection is being disrupted by other devices. Microwave ovens, wireless routers, and other devices may interfere with syncing. Examine the gaming area for anything that might be causing interference.

There are too many connected devices.

Have you recently had a gaming party with your friends and their controllers were paired with your console? Up to eight different controllers can be used with an Xbox console. If you have more than eight controllers synced to your console, you’ll need to unpair one or more before connecting yours.

Unpairing a controller is a simple process. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the “Sync” button on the front of the controller until the Xbox button starts flashing.
  2. Wait two times for the controller to vibrate.

Make certain that your controller is properly paired.

Another common cause of a blinking controller is that it is no longer connected to your console. If you’ve taken it to a friend’s house and paired it with his or her device, you’ll need to re-sync your controller to your console. There are two ways to pair your controller.

The first method is to use a micro-USB cable to connect your controller to your console. A hard-wired connection like this will pair your controller immediately. This will result in a more secure connection and fewer problems with your controller.

You can also use the wireless method to pair your controller. To do so, take the following steps:

  1. Power on your controller by holding down the “Xbox” button until it flashes. If it remains lit, your controller has already been paired.
  2. If the light does not turn solid, locate and press the “Pair” button on the controller’s front.
  3. Press the “Pair” button on the Xbox Series X console. It’s on the device’s front right side, just above the USB port.
  4. You’ll have 20 seconds to press and hold the controller’s “Pair” button.
  5. As it searches for the console, the light will flash. Once paired, the Xbox light will remain illuminated.

Update Your Xbox Firmware

Every six months or so, your Xbox controller will automatically receive updates. However, if your controller is blinking and you’ve exhausted all of our other suggestions, updating your firmware may be the answer. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Press and hold the “Guide” button on your controller.
  2. When your monitor prompts you, press the “A” button.
  3. Click on “Update Controller.”
  4. When the update is complete, click “Next.”

Restart Your Xbox 360

If everything else fails, turn off your controller. Unplug the power cord from your console and turn it off. Wait a few minutes before plugging in and turning on the console’s power cord. Switch on your controller. A simple hard reset will sometimes suffice.

Contact Xbox Customer Service.

If you continue to have issues, you can contact Xbox Customer Support. If your console is still covered by warranty, they may be able to help you get it repaired or replaced.

A blinking Xbox controller is attempting to communicate with you. 🙂

A blinking controller is attempting to draw your attention to an issue. It’s usually due to low batteries or the controller no longer being paired. Recharging or replacing its batteries is usually sufficient. If not, reconnecting the controller to your console may solve the problem. Check that you have no more than eight controllers paired and that there are no other wireless devices nearby that could cause interference.

Is your Xbox controller beginning to blink? Did you resolve the issue by following one of the suggestions in this article? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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