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How To Use Xbox Controllers on Mac

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If you’re a gaming enthusiast and love to pair the controllers with all the devices you own, you will eventually need to pair them with your Mac. However, many users don’t know how to use the Xbox controller on their Mac computers.

Quick Answer

To use the Xbox controller on Mac, press and hold the Xbox button on the controller to turn it on. Click the Apple icon on your Mac and click System Preferences. Next, click “Bluetooth” and enable it. Then, find your Xbox controller among all the available devices and click “Connect”.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide for you on using the Xbox controller on Mac with simple step-by-step methods. We will also discuss connecting the controller to your Mac computer and unpairing it.

Connecting Xbox Controllers to Mac

To use the Xbox controller, you need to connect it to your Mac with the following two methods.

Method #1: Using Bluetooth

Pairing an Xbox controller to your Mac via Bluetooth is simple by following these steps.

  1. Long-press the Xbox button on your controller to turn it on.
  2. Select the Apple icon on your Mac and click System Preferences
  3. Click “Bluetooth” and ensure that it’s enabled on your Mac.
  4. Find your Xbox controller among all the available devices.
  5. Click the “Connect” option next to your controller.
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All Done!

Your Xbox controller is successfully paired with your Mac, and you can now use it to play your favorite games. 

Method #2: Using USB Connection 

If your Xbox controller doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can still pair it with your Mac via USB. Though Xbox controllers aren’t compatible with Mac, we will use third-party software for this.

Here are the steps you need to follow to connect your Xbox controller to your Mac via a USB connection.

  1. Go to the Safari browser on your Mac. 
  2. Navigate to https://github.com/360/Controller/360Controller/releases.
  3. Download the latest version of 360Controller.
  4. Click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Once the 360Controller is installed on your Mac, allow the software to access your Mac with these steps.

  1. Click the Apple icon on your Mac desktop and select System Preferences.
  2. Click the “Security & Privacy” option.
  3. Select the lock icon from the lower corner to allow access.
  4. Put in your Mac password and click “Allow”.
  5. Once done, restart your Mac and head over to System Preferences again.
  6. Click the Xbox 360Controllers icon and plug your Xbox controller into your Mac using a USB cable.
Troubleshooting Tips

If your Xbox controller isn’t connecting to your Mac, check the Bluetooth connection and ensure it’s enabled on your computer and the controller. There can also be a problem with your controller batteries. So, it’s better to replace the batteries with fresh ones and try pairing the controller again to your Mac.

Using Xbox Controllers on a Mac With Steam 

If you don’t know how to use the Xbox controller on Mac, use the macOS Steam client and play the supported games using the controller with the help of these steps.

  1. Connect the Xbox controller to your Mac and download the Steam client.
  2. Open the Steam client on your Mac and click the “Big Picture Mode” option.
  3. Click “OK” from the “Driver Update” pop-up to install the necessary drivers.
  4. Type in your Mac password and click “Install Software”.
  5. When the driver update is installed, head back to Steam, and click “Settings”.
  6. Click “Controller Settings” and enable the “Xbox Configuration Support” option.
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That’s It!

You can now use the Xbox controller on your Mac computer with the Steam client without issues.

Unpairing Xbox Controllers From Mac

You can use these steps to unpair the Xbox controller from your Mac when it’s not in use.

  1. On your Mac screen, click the Apple icon at the top.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Click “Bluetooth” and find your Xbox controller among all the devices.
  4. Click “Unpair” next to the controller to disconnect it from your Mac.


In this guide on how to use Xbox Controller on Mac, we’ve looked into multiple ways to connect the controller to your computer, including Bluetooth and a USB cable. We’ve also looked into using the Xbox controller with Steam client and unpairing it from your Mac.

We hope one of these methods has worked for you, and now you can play your favorite games on your Mac using the Xbox controller easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I initiate pairing mode on Xbox controllers?

To put the Xbox controller in pairing mode, press and hold the pairing button at the top edge of the controller near the battery compartment. Leave the button once you see the Xbox logo flashing rapidly. Pair the controller with any device within 20 seconds until it turns off.

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