Why is my Xbox Series S controller flashing and not connecting?

Here are some of the reasons you may be experiencing issues with your Xbox Series S Controller

  • An issue with the battery
  • Not paired to the console correctly
  • Faulty/ damaged controller
  • The controller may not be within range
  • Drained battery

Why does my Xbox series X controller keep blinking?

If you are having issues with your Xbox Series X or S when it comes to connecting the controller you’re not alone. Here are some of the reasons why your controller keeps blinking and how to fix them with ease.

Fix 1. Reset your console

When your Xbox Series X controller appears to be having issues connecting to your console, we’d recommend resetting your controller. In order to do this, you need to do the following-

  1. Hold down the power button on the Xbox for 15 seconds
  2. Following on from this unplug the console from the power supply
  3. Make sure the controller is turned off
  4. Finally, remove the batteries and then re-add them again.

Fix 2. Change the batteries

Following on from this, if your console still does not work correctly, changing the batteries may fix your issue. As when your batteries are low you may notice the Xbox controller blinking. If you have standard AA batteries in your controller you replace these with more AA batteries. If you have purchased rechargeable batteries these will then need charging again.

However, if you have a battery pack you can charge your controller at the same time as playing. Although Xbox does not provide a rechargeable battery for their controller, you can buy these online. To charge this you need to do is use a USB-C Cable.

If you notice your controller flashing, plug in the USB-C Cable to your device and then allow your controller to charge.

Fix 3. Controller not within range

Sometimes your controller may not be in range, you may notice problems connecting your controller to the console. If the controller is not in range, the controller light will begin to flash. For example, if you go into a different soon, you may notice your controller starts to flash. If you walk back into the room with a console or stand closer to it, you may notice the flashing stops. To fix an out of range controller, simply walk closer to the console holding your controller until it reconnects itself.

Fix 4. The firmware needs updating

The final fix we’d recommend trying is to update your Xbox Series X or S controller firmware. This should be done automatically by your Xbox, if you are unsure how to update your controller, here’s how-

  1. Hold the Guide button on your Xbox
  2. Press the A button
  3. Then choose Update Controller

If you are unsure as to whether your controller needs an update, here’s how to check manually-

  1. Choose Settings followed by Devices and Connections
  2. Select Accessories then Menu
  3. Next, choose Firmware version followed by Update Now.
  4. If there is an update available, follow the above steps in order to update your controller.


We hope you have found this guide helpful and have been able to navigate your way around Xbox Series X controller light. If for some reason your controller is still experiencing issues, we’d recommend getting in contact with Xbox, as you may have a faulty controller. You can reach out to their customer support here.

However, if you are having other issues with your Xbox Controller, we’d recommend checking out these guides for further help: