How can I turn off my Xbox One controller using a Win10 PC without having to remove the batteries?

  • Do you have the wireless adapter or using the USB cable? I think the controller turns off after a few seconds after disconnecting the adapter. And I could have sworn the controller turns off eventually if you disconnect the USB cable. Nov 4, 2015 at 9:19
  • @JeffMercado Wireless adapter. Pulling the adapter is nearly as inconvenient as pulling the cable. I tried waiting for a few min for it to turn off, but not terribly long; I just got it yesterday.
    – mpen
    Nov 4, 2015 at 16:19

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Just hold Xbox guide button for 5+ seconds.

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    AKA the big Home Button that lights up
    – Snekse
    May 4, 2016 at 3:42
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    I have a wireless adapter and an XBox 360 controller. On Windows 10, no matter how long I hold down the guide button, it doesn't turn the controller off.
    – braveterry
    Sep 20, 2016 at 9:51
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    @braveterry that's because this is for the Xbox One controller. 360's don't do that. For the 360 I just quickly pop the bat pack off and on. Dec 4, 2016 at 23:57
  • Didn't work for me. No mather how long I hold it, wont turn the light off. Dec 27, 2018 at 0:42
  • More like 8 seconds, but it does work for me. Jun 25, 2020 at 4:43

There's no other way to shut it down right now.

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    Except, there is.
    – user106385
    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:17

Unplug it from the computer, and hold the Xbox button down for more than 5 seconds.

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    Although you can not see it from the "first post" review queue, this answer has already been posted, by another user over a month ago. While it is correct, we frown on duplicate answers. If you wish to clarify that this works, simply upvote the accepted answer.
    – user106385
    Jan 11, 2016 at 2:18

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