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How to unlock Bluetooth on your Stadia controller

You need to update the controller before the end of December 2023.

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Image: Google

When Google ended Stadia in January 2023, many wondered what would come of their old Stadia controllers. Fortunately, the company pushed a last-minute update so your Stadia controller could live on.

Google updated the Stadia controller to add Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, meaning you can pair and use the controller with compatible Bluetooth LE products.

This update overrides Google’s original proprietary WiFi connection for its Stadia devices. It replaces that with the more common Bluetooth connection, so you can use the controller even after Stadia’s demise.

You do have to install an update for this feature, but the process is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it.

How to update a Stadia controller to Bluetooth

If you want to take advantage of this update, you’ll need to install it before December 31, 2023. The update will not be available after that.

The update process is pretty simple. You only need a computer with Google Chrome version 108 or later, a USB cable, and your Stadia controller.

  1. Press and hold the Stadia button on your controller until the light turns onstadia controller stadia button

  2. Plug your controller into your PC with the USB cable

  3. Navigate to stadia.google.com/controller in Google Chromestadia controller website bluetooth update

  4. Follow Google’s on-screen instructions to install the update
    google stadia update controller process

Google’s prompts will take you through a couple of additional steps, including unplugging and plugging the controller and a couple of various button presses.

Once completed, you will have successfully updated your Stadia controller. Now you can connect the Stadia controller wirelessly to any Bluetooth LE device.

To pair, hold the Stadia button and the Y button for two seconds until you see a pulsing orange light. Then find the Stadia controller on the Bluetooth list of whatever you’re connecting to, and you’re good to go.

Your controller lives on with Bluetooth

google stadia controller in hand
Image: Google

This is a really nice Stadia controller update from Google. Unfortunately, Stadia didn’t work out how the company planned, but at least we can still use the controller.

Even better, you were likely completely refunded if you originally purchased the controller from the Google Store. So, now you have a free Bluetooth controller that you can use whenever you want.

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