Knowing how to turn off your Xbox controller on PC is a necessary skill for any PC gamer. Turning off your controller prevents it from being accidentally powered on and keeps its battery from depleting too quickly. This guide will provide the step-by-step instructions needed to turn off your Xbox controller safely and effectively on any Windows-based PC.

Before you begin, make sure that you have all the necessary supplies, including your USB cable or wireless receiver and your Microsoft Xbox console adapter if you are using a wireless controller. Additionally, ensure that the required drivers are up-to-date by launching the “Devices and Printers” window in Control Panel. To do this, open the “Start” menu in the lower left corner of your screen and type “Devices and Printers” into the search bar. After opening up Devices and Printers, click on “Update Driver Software” from the context menu to begin downloading the most recent updates for each connected device.

Once any needed driver updates are complete, proceed with turning off your Xbox controller as outlined below:

Disconnect the Xbox controller from your PC

Disconnecting your Xbox controller from your PC is a simple process. There are several ways to do this, which are straightforward and easy to follow. The easiest way to disconnect your Xbox controller from your PC is to turn off your console or controller. You can also unplug the USB cable, or use the wireless connection to disconnect the controller.

Let’s look at the different methods you can use to turn off your Xbox controller on your PC:

Unplug the USB cable

If your Xbox controller is connected to your PC via a USB cable, unplugging the cable is the easiest way to turn it off. You can disconnect by simply unplugging the USB cable from your computer.

Once disconnected, you can confirm that the Xbox controller has been disabled by going to the Device Manager. Look for the ‘Xbox 360 Controller for Windows’ entry and confirm that it no longer appears in Device Manager when the controller is turned off.

If you plan on using your Xbox controller on a regular basis, you can also switch it into wireless mode so you won’t have to use a cable each time you want to play. To do this:

  • Press and hold down the “sync” button on your PC for 3 seconds until an LED indicator flashes on top of your controller.
  • This will put it into “pairing” mode with your device, allowing you to play wirelessly with no cables required.

Remove the wireless adapter

To disconnect your wireless Xbox controller from your PC, the first step will be to remove the wireless adapter. On most PCs, the adapter is installed on a USB port. Depending on your type of OS and graphics card, you may need to install a special driver or connect the battery pack before disconnecting the controller. To remove the adapter:

  1. Disconnect any power source connected to the device if necessary.
  2. Unplug the wireless adapter from its designated USB port on the PC.
  3. Verify that all cables are securely disconnected.
  4. Place all components in a safe location until needed again in the future if desired or necessary.
  5. Close any open windows related to your controller and/or graphics card on your PC to complete disconnection of device from PC hardware.

Turn off the Xbox controller

Turning off an Xbox Controller can be done in a few simple steps on a PC. This can be done by either disconnecting the controller physically or through the Windows device manager. Unfortunately, there is no universal way to turn off your Xbox controller and it varies depending on the type of connection you have. Nevertheless, we’ll provide instructions on how to turn off your controller:

  • If you are using a wired connection, simply unplug the USB cable from the Xbox and the PC.
  • If you are using a wireless connection, you can turn off the controller by pressing and holding the Xbox button on the controller for 10 seconds.
  • You can also turn off the controller by going to the Windows device manager and disconnecting the device.

Press and hold the Xbox button

To turn off an Xbox controller on PC, press and hold the Xbox button on the controller for ten seconds. This will shut down the controller and you will no longer be able to use it until you press or click the Xbox button again. You may need to click “Continue” if a pop-up window tells you that your controller has been disconnected from the console.

After disconnecting from the console, the lights on your Xbox controller will turn off within a few seconds and you can safely unplug it from your computer. Once unplugged, you can store it in its carrying case or put it back in your entertainment center until you’re ready to use it again.

Select the power option

It is important to turn off your Xbox controller when you are done playing. This will ensure that you save the battery life and keep your device in good condition for a longer period of time. On Windows 10 PCs, you can easily turn off your Xbox controller with the power button on the top of the controller.

  1. Select the Xbox button in the middle of your controller to enter the guide menu. Here, you can find options like achievements, multiplayer game invites and your friends list on console and PC. Navigate to the profile page by pressing LT or RT until it’s highlighted. Then select menu by pressing the B button.
  2. Use the directional pad or left stick to navigate down to “Power” on either end of the list if visible. Selecting this option will take you to a page that offers multiple turning off choices: Sleep, Shut Down and Reset.
  3. To turn off your Xbox controller completely, select “Shut Down” using either method mentioned above and press A or X (depending on which console/controller). This will completely shut down your device without putting it into sleep mode as it would otherwise do after 30 seconds of idleness by default.


Sometimes it can be difficult to turn off your Xbox controller when you are using it on PC. It is important to power off the controller after each use, as turning it on when the battery is already low could cause damage to the controller itself.

In this article, we will discuss how to turn off your Xbox controller on PC to ensure that it is safe and in good condition:

Check the batteries

If you are having trouble turning off your Xbox controller on your PC, the first step is to check the batteries. Make sure they are in good condition and not worn out. If they are worn out, or if you don’t know how to test them, replace the batteries with new ones.

The second step is to make sure the Xbox controller is properly connected. Check the port that it is inserted in for any loose connections. If any of these connections appear loose, try re-connecting them or using a different port if possible.

If none of these steps solve your problem, it could be an indication of a hardware or software issue with either your Windows operating system or a third-party app that could be causing interference with the connection between your Xbox controller and PC. In this case, you should seek professional help to diagnose and resolve the issue.

Check the USB cable

Before ruling out any other potential causes of your problem, first make sure that the USB cable you’re using is securely connected from your device to your computer. Your cable may be too old or damaged. Try using a different USB cable to see if the issue persists.

If the connection isn’t secure, then make sure the connections at both ends of the cable are clean and intact – dirt, dust or rust could be interfering with the signal. Check that each end isn’t bent or frayed and if necessary, try a new USB cable. For best results, use a high-speed USB 2.0 Type A/B cable certified by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).

Check the wireless adapter

Wireless adapters, also known as WiFi cards, are devices used to add wireless connectivity to computers and other devices. These can be the slower wireless standards such as 802.11b (also known as Wi-Fi 4), or the newer and faster standards like 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6). The latest standard is found mainly in more high-end models.

Before you start troubleshooting your WiFi connection, it’s important to check that your computer or device has an up-to-date wireless adapter installed, capable of working with the available router or access point you’re trying to connect to. If the device does not have a compatible model with an up-to-date driver installed, then this could be the root cause of any speed issues or connection drops you are experiencing.

If this is the case, then updating your driver or buying a replacement WiFi adapter should quickly resolve any connection issues you may be facing!


In conclusion, turning off your Xbox controller on PC is a relatively easy process. By simply pressing and holding the controller’s side bind button for three seconds, you can power-down the device. This will ensure that no interference from the controller is experienced when attempting to play games or use other applications on your PC.

Additionally, it is important to regularly power down your controller as this will help retain battery life for when you’re ready to play again.