With just a few hours to go until Google’s cloud gaming service is shut down for good, there’s no reason to throw away your Stadia Controller because you can now unlock Bluetooth support so it is compatible with other platforms. The unlocking tool is live, and we’ve got the details for you after the break.
By unlocking the dormant Bluetooth support on the Stadia Controller, you can then use it on PC, Android, or iOS devices. The tool is web-based and all you need to do is make sure the controller is charged to at least 10% before connecting it to a PC or Mac via a USB-C cable. Once you’ve navigated to the website just open up the tool and follow the instructions. Upon completion, the Stadia Controller’s Wi-FI capability will be disabled in favor of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
Once you’ve switched to Bluetooth connectivity there is no going back so you might want to wait a few hours if you want to give Stadia one last spin before it’s shut down at midnight tonight. There’s no need to rush, Google says the unlocking tool will be available until 31 December 2023.
How do I pair my controller using Bluetooth?
- 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.
- You’re ready to start playing. The next time that you turn on the controller, it should automatically connect to the last paired device.
Which devices are supported by the Bluetooth-enabled Stadia Controller?
- Windows 10 and 11 + Steam
- MacOS 13 + Steam
Is audio supported in Bluetooth mode?
- When using the Stadia 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.
Can I remap the Assistant and Capture buttons?
- 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.
How do I check my controller’s mode?
- 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.
Stadia Controller Unlocking Tool