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How to activate Bluetooth on your Stadia controller


Google is turning off its Stadia cloud game streaming service on January 18th, 2023, but it’s giving the wireless Stadia controller a second chance as a Bluetooth controller that can be connected to PCs, Macs, phones, and presumably other devices, too. The change won’t happen automatically; it’s a manual process that can’t be reversed. What’s more, you only have until December 31st, 2023, to do the switch, and after that date, any unconverted Stadia controller you have will just be a gamepad-shaped paperweight.

I’m going to walk you through the process for converting your Stadia controller by using Google’s browser-based tool.

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia Controller’s Bluetooth mode

The first step is selecting “start” to switch the controller to Bluetooth mode.

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia controller’s Bluetooth mode

A drop-down window in your browser will look like this, showing your controller.

At this point, the tool will show you a set of button commands that are necessary to press in order to allow the Wi-Fi to Bluetooth conversion to transpire. Here are the button prompts in order:

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia Controller’s Bluetooth mode

It requires a series of button combos to unlock your Stadia controller.

In order to install the update, you’ll have to once again select your controller, following a similar process from earlier.

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia controller’s Bluetooth mode

At this point in the process, your controller may go by a different name, so keep that in mind.

Once again, the next step has you allowing the browser to install the update. Select the controller (it could go by any of the names listed in the previous step) for the final step that enables Bluetooth.

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia controller’s Bluetooth mode

To pair the controller to devices, hold Y and the Stadia button, as this graphic illustrates.

To connect your Stadia controller wirelessly to devices over Bluetooth, hold the Y and Stadia buttons simultaneously for two seconds, and the status light will flash orange to indicate that it’s in pairing mode. Google notes that, once it’s paired to a device, it’ll auto-connect to the last paired device when turned on.



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