How to Connect Xbox One Controller to Mac

We all know that gaming on a Mac is not popular, but some traditions have changed. In the past, this was able only for Xbox 360 controller, but the latest software which we will be using also supports Xbox One Controllers.

Connecting Xbox One to MAC

Step 1: Cleaning your Mac (for space)

Before we get into installing new hardware and software let’s remind you how important cleaning your mac actually is. You need to have more space on your mac so once we install new software it can work perfectly. You can download CleanMyMac and release of some data.


Step 2: Installing the drivers and connecting the Xbox One Controller to Mac

Once your Mac is cleaned up, you can continue with installing the needed drivers. If you don’t have Xbox wired controller, you can buy one to the nearest shop for around 40 to 50 $. Follow these steps to install the driver correctly:

  1. Download and install the latest release of 360 Controller driver.
  2. Once the installation is done, reboot your Mac.
  3. After rebooting, you can find the Xbox 360 Controllers in the System Preferences.
    System Preferences
    System Preferences

Once you have the drivers installed, you can see that there are No Devices Found on your Mac.

  1. Simply plug in the controller to your Mac. You may need USB C to USB A cable for this step.
  2. Click OK and go to System Preferences.
  3. Choose Security and Privacy and under the General tab. Then, choose Lock at the bottom left.
  4. Type in your password when asked, and select Unlock.
  5. Now, select Allow. Your wired controller should be connected now.

Bonus: Connecting Xbox One S controller

If you own an Xbox One S controller with Bluetooth, you can use it without any additional software or hardware. Just follow the steps:

  1. On the top of the controller, there is a pairing button.
  2. Press it and hold it for a few seconds.
  3. Go to System Preferences in the Apple menu and choose Bluetooth.
  4. You will see Wireless Controller.
  5. Select it and click Pair.
    Bluetooth Pair
    Bluetooth Pair
  6. Once the pairing is done, you can enjoy your games.

We hope this was a helpful article for all you Mac gamers out there.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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