Tandem Mode

When you link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to Stadia, you can plug a secondary controller directly into its USB-C® port. When you press buttons on the secondary controller, it will act as though the primary controller's buttons are being pressed. This is called Tandem Mode.

You can use either controller to play games on Stadia, or both at the same time.

A note about experimental features

This is an early, experimental version of this feature that is intended to expand the input device options for Stadia players. A limited set of controllers are currently supported, including the Xbox Adaptive Controller®, the Stadia Controller, and some models of the Xbox One® and PlayStation® DualShock®4 controllers. Check below for more information.

How to use Tandem Mode

To use Tandem Mode:

  1. Turn on your primary Stadia Controller.
  2. Connect your Stadia Controller to the screen you want to play on, using the screen's linking code.
  3. Make sure the secondary controller is charged and turned off.
  4. Using a USB cable, connect the secondary controller to your primary Stadia Controller's USB-C port.
  • If you use a USB A-to-C adapter, make sure the adapter side is connected to your primary controller.
  • If you connect two Stadia Controllers, power down your secondary controller before plugging it into your primary controller.

Accessibility information

Tandem Mode improves Stadia accessibility by offering more flexibility. With Tandem Mode you can use an alternate controller, such as the Xbox Adaptive Controller, when you play games on Stadia. Check below for a list of supported controllers.

When playing with your Stadia Controller wirelessly on any supported screen, you can also use the second controller at the same time to better accommodate your accessibility needs, either by yourself or collaboratively with a second player. Tandem Mode complements other accessibility features.

Help us by providing feedback

To help us improve the accessibility of Stadia gameplay, please send us any feedback and suggestions about this feature:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. At the top, tap your Stadia avatar.
  3. Scroll down and then tap Feedback Feedback.
  4. Enter and send your feedback. Be sure to include the word “Tandem” in your feedback.

Although we can't incorporate every suggestion, we'd like to begin a dialogue with our players to learn more about the needs of the Stadia community.

Tandem Mode FAQ

Which third-party controllers are supported in Tandem Mode?
You can connect the following controllers to your Stadia Controller in Tandem Mode:

Secondary controller Vendor ID:Product ID (VID:PID)
Stadia Controller 18d1:9400
Xbox Adaptive Controller 045e:0b0a
Xbox One Controller


Xbox One Elite Controller (Series 1 and 2) 045e:02e3
Sony DualShock 4 Controller


Do I have to be linked wirelessly to Stadia to use Tandem Mode?
Yes. To use Tandem Mode, your Stadia Controller must be linked wirelessly to Stadia.

How do I connect the controllers? What kind of cable should I use?
You can connect two controllers using a USB cable with the correct plugs. For the side connected to your primary (first) Stadia Controller, you'll need a USB-C connector or a USB A-to-C adapter. For the side connected to your second controller, you'll need a USB-C or Micro-USB connector.

Tandem mode controllers
USB-A-to-C adapter & USB-A to Micro-USB cable
Tandem mode controllers
USB A-to-C adapter & USB-A to USB-C cable
Tandem mode controllers
USB-C to USB-C cable

Can I use Tandem Mode if my primary Stadia Controller is connected to my device with a USB-C cable?
No. To use Tandem Mode, your Stadia Controller must be linked wirelessly to Stadia. Tandem Mode works with any compatible screen that your Stadia Controller is linked to wirelessly.

You can connect one or more controllers to your computer or mobile device by connecting a USB cable to individual USB ports or a USB hub, but your controllers will still be registered as individual devices when you connect them with a cable to a Stadia-compatible device.

Two or more of my Stadia Controllers are linked separately to Stadia. Which of these controllers can use Tandem Mode?
Every Stadia Controller you link wirelessly to Stadia can use Tandem Mode independently.

Can I use a USB hub or USB splitter to plug more than one controller into my primary Stadia Controller?
No. You can only connect one secondary controller to your primary Stadia Controller for Tandem Mode. The primary Stadia Controller is linked wirelessly, and the secondary controller is plugged directly into the Stadia Controller with a USB cable.

When I plug a secondary controller into my Stadia Controller, can a second player use it?
In Tandem Mode, inputs from both controllers are registered as if they're coming from your primary, wirelessly linked Stadia Controller. This means you and a second player can play in a cooperative “friend mode” where you share the game's inputs.

Stadia and the game will only display your primary, wirelessly linked Stadia Controller. Pressing a button on either controller will result in the same action in the game.

To link additional controllers to your screen, link them separately to your screen.

Can I use an audio headset in Tandem Mode?
You can plug a headset into the 3.5mm audio jack of the primary controller. Audio is not supported on the secondary controller, and when using Tandem Mode, the USB port on the primary controller can only be used for connecting the secondary controller.

PLAYSTATION and DUALSHOCK 4 are registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

USB-C is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum.

WINDOWS, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, and XBOX ADAPTIVE CONTROLLER are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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