Bluetooth® mode

Play wirelessly with Bluetooth

Switch your Stadia Controller to Bluetooth mode to keep gaming wirelessly on your favourite devices and services after Stadia shuts down

Switching to Bluetooth mode downloads a software update
System requirements: Chrome 108 or newer
A Stadia Controller with a hand-drawn rocket flying out of the top alongside pulsing Bluetooth radio waves.

Important things to know

Switching is permanent

Once you switch your controller to Bluetooth mode, you can’t change it back to use Wi-Fi on Stadia. You can still play wired with USB in Bluetooth mode.

Available until 31 December 2023

You can switch to Bluetooth mode, check the controller mode and check for Bluetooth updates until 31 Dec 2023.

Find the answers that you need

After switching your controller into Bluetooth mode, press and hold the ‘Y + Stadia’ buttons for two seconds to enter pairing mode. The status light will flash orange. Then, go to the device that you want to play on and pair your controller in the settings. Once paired and connected, the status light on the controller will turn solid white. Congrats! You’re ready to start playing. The next time that you turn on the controller, it should automatically connect to the last paired device.

Learn how to use Bluetooth mode

Not all Bluetooth devices are the same, so compatibility will vary. The Stadia Controller uses Bluetooth low energy connections, so some features, such as pass-through audio, aren’t possible wirelessly. We’ve verified that the Stadia Controller works for gameplay with the list of supported devices. It hasn’t been tested with all Bluetooth device types, so it might not work with others.

List of supported devices

When using the controller wirelessly in Bluetooth mode, the 3.5 mm port and USB port can't be used for headphones. When using the controller wired with USB, you’ll be able to plug headphones into the controller’s 3.5 mm port.
Yes. By default, the Google Assistant and Capture buttons won’t do anything in Bluetooth mode until remapped. You can remap the buttons using button mapping services.
You can verify whether your controller is in Bluetooth mode by checking the controller mode. Doing this also checks for any updates to Bluetooth mode.

Check controller mode

Make sure that your controller is charged for at least 30 minutes and that you’re using a USB data cable that can transfer data. The cable that came with your controller will work.

Go to Bluetooth mode Help Centre

Make sure that your controller is charged for at least 30 minutes. Unplug your controller and hold the Stadia button for ten seconds – this should reset the device to be playable again. If this still doesn’t work, factory reset the controller by holding the Google Assistant and Capture buttons for six seconds – the controller should vibrate and the status light should flash.

Go to Bluetooth mode Help Centre

Unfortunately, customer support is not available for Bluetooth mode. If you have any questions, please go to the Help Centre article.

Go to Bluetooth mode Help Centre

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