Long story short, I can't press the Sync button on my controller while the reciever is on Sync mode so I can't sync them as I used to.

Anyone has faced this same missfortune before and know how to sync them?

PS: the Sync button is not broken and it works, but I don't have access to it while the controller is on.

  • Are you having troubles with a battery not charging (or no battery at all) and no adaptor for AAA batteries? I don't know how to sync without pressing the button, but I might be able to help you if you tell me why you can't press it.
    – CyberClaw
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 16:44
  • I have a Charge & Play Kit but the battery only works while connected to the charger. I could always ask for a friend's AAA batteries adaptor but would like to have a solution without deppending on anyone.
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 16:47

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EDIT: You should be able to connect the play and charge kit directly to the 360 and the cable should sync the controller to that console right away. I went for the 2 workarounds because I was guessing this wasn't working for some reason but I just realized you might not have tried it yet (and trying it with the controler connected to another usb power source).

You can bridge 2 AAA batteries with a few copper coins to keep the pressure (pennies will do, or any brown colored coin). Keep in mind the coins will be conducting electricity and as such might give you a very small jolt if touched while the controller is on. Nothing dangerous, similar to what you get if you lick a battery.

A video of the coin methode

The alternative, is drilling a hole directly leading to where the button would be, and then use a needle to push the sync button. Using powertools should always be supervised by a grown up, so if you are a minor, just ask your mother or father for help.

  • I'm trying to sync it to the pc via a receiver, not to the Xbox. Anyways, thanks for the ideas let's do this
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 17:00
  • Have you tried connecting the play and charge kit and receiver to the PC (if running windows) at the same time to see if they sync?
    – CyberClaw
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 17:07
  • Charge & Play is not able to send data to the computer, that's why I need to use a receiver
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 17:13
  • I know, but using both at the same time might work. I'm thinking MS might have covered the sync button for a reason - and that is, the controller will auto-sync to whatever is connected. So, in case of a PC, having both adapter and cable connected at the same time would work. I'm just guessing here, but it wouldn't hurt to try.
    – CyberClaw
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 17:16
  • I do already have it like that, both connected to an usb hub on my pc and not syncing
    – sysfiend
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 17:19

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