This guide will cover how to connect wireless Xbox 360 Controllers to your Xbox 360 system.

  1. Turn on your console.
  2. Press and hold the Xbox button on the controller until it turns on.
  3. Press and release the connect button on the console.
  4. Within 20 seconds, press and release the sync button on the controller.
  5. The lights around the console's power button will stop flashing once the controller connects to the console.

Sync button on controllerSync button on E model consolesSync button on S model consolesSync button on Original model consoles

On the Xbox 360 S console, connected controllers have one of four positions. Each position appears as a lighted section around the console power button and the controller Guide button.
On the 360 E console, a solid green light on the front of the console shows that the controller is connected. To see the player position, look at the ring of light around the Xbox button on your controller.
If the controller doesn't turn on, check the batteries. Insert fresh AA batteries into the battery case and make sure you place them correctly.
To connect more controllers, follow these steps again. You can connect up to four controllers. 
  • To disconnect a wireless controller, press and hold the Xbox for three seconds, and then choose to turn the controller off.
  • When you turn off the console, the controller will reconnect the next time you turn on the console.
  • The controller can be connected to one console at a time. You can connect the controller to a different console, but the controller will lose the connection to the previously connected console.