Left my controller in different state, won't have money for a new one and the controller won't be back. I tried smartglass but can't use that unless my XBox is connected to same Wi-Fi.


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Yes, you can connect your smartphone to work as a controller, but not without a few caveats. To do so, you need the Xbox One Smartglass app, or if you have a Windows 10 phone, the Xbox app works as well.

As you have noticed yourself, your phone needs to be connected to the same network as your Xbox. It doesn't have to be the same Wifi, though. As long as your smartphone is connected to a Wifi antenna connected to the same home network the Xbox is connected to, it will work. It is possible that you have multiple networks if not properly configured, though. For instance, if your Wifi access point is configured to act as a DHCP server, everything connected to your Wifi will indeed belong to a different network from everything that isn't, while your access point will belong to both networks.

Finally, even if you do manage to connect your smartphone to your Xbox One, you won't be able to play many games. The Smartglass and Xbox apps only offer face buttons, which is A, B, X, Y, Menu, View, the D-pad, and the Guide button (the button with the Xbox logo).
A lot of games would require you to make use of the analog sticks, or the shoulder buttons (RB/LB and RT/LT) as well.

In other words, without an actual controller, your control over your Xbox One will be rudimentary at best. Good enough to watch Netflix, but not good enough to play Halo.

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    I don't think you'd actually be able to play any games, only use apps. Even the core buttons, such as the A button, do not register in most games. But they can be used in apps such as Netflix.
    – Evorlor
    May 18, 2016 at 14:03
  • @Nolonar Did you test the Smartglass buttons in any game?
    – A.L
    May 18, 2016 at 15:58
  • @A.L. No, not in games. I did test it in the Dashboard and in apps, though. I didn't bother trying it on games, since there was no apparent analog stick or shoulder buttons.
    – Nolonar
    May 18, 2016 at 18:25
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    From testing half a dozen games, I couldn't find a single one that responded to the "buttons" pressed by the smart glass app.
    – TZHX
    May 21, 2016 at 18:10

As already stated in Nolonar's answer a smartphone is not going to be viable for playing games.

However, there are other options if you have the equipment lying around...

It is possible to use an old Xbox 360 controller by streaming your Xbox One through a Windows PC/laptop. I'm not sure about older Windows versions, but the (official) Xbox app on Windows 10 lets you do just this.

The controller either needs to be wired (and plugged directly into the usb port on your PC/laptop) or you will need a wireless adapter. You'll still need your PC/laptop on the same network as your Xbox One.

As well as solving a problem of not having your Xbox One controller, it is also a viable method for playing coop games when you don't have enough Xbox One controllers at hand.

  • In terms of answering the question actually being asked, all your doing is stating "the other guys answer is correct". This should be a comment, not an answer.
    – user106385
    May 19, 2016 at 1:51
  • @Timelord64 - You need to read past the first line in my answer. Below that line is a method that solves the problem of not having a controller, which is the problem the OP is explaining.
    – user101016
    May 19, 2016 at 8:47

Unfortunately, that is not possible without smartglass. You need to be on same wifi as you stated, and that is necessary as there would be a good amount of input lag.

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