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Stadia Controller features and specifications

You can connect your Stadia Controller to a compatible device with a USB cable or a wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy connection.

Top view of Stadia controller with Menu, Capture, Assistant, Options, Left Bumper, Right Bumper, Left Trigger, and Right Trigger highlighted

Stadia controller with direction pad, direction sticks, face buttons, status light and Stadia button highlighted

Bottom of Stadia controller with the microphone, headset jack and label plate highlighted.

Buttons and controls

Stadia button Stadia button
The Stadia button is used to turn the Stadia Controller on and off. It has a built-in status light.
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Turn on the Stadia Controller

Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until the controller vibrates.

To make your controller ready to pair with a Bluetooth device, press and hold the Stadia button and the Y button button.

Turn off the controller

Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for 4 seconds.

If the controller is plugged into a device with a USB cable, disconnecting it will turn off the controller.

Turn off the controller (hard power down)

Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for 8 seconds to turn off the controller (hard power down). This can be useful as a reset procedure if your controller becomes unresponsive.

Gameplay controls

Face buttons

A button A button

B button B button

X button X button

Y button Y button

The face buttons are used for different actions, depending on the game you're playing.

Shoulder buttons

Left bumper (L1)
L1 button

Left trigger (L2)
L2 button

Right bumper (R1)
R1 button

Right trigger (R2)
R2 button

The shoulder buttons are the bumpers and triggers located on the top of the Stadia Controller.

Direction pad

Up
Up button

Down
Down button

Left
Left button

Right
Right button

This 8-directional D-pad is used to perform directional actions (up, down, left, right, or diagonal).

Direction sticks

Left stick
Left stick
(L3)
L3

Right stick
R stick
(R3)
R3

The Stadia Controller has two 360° sticks. They're commonly used to move your character or move the camera view.

Either stick can be pressed like a button. These "buttons" are called L3 and R3.

Menu
Stadia menu button
This button is often used to pause games or access game menus.
Options
Stadia options button
This button is often used to pause games or access game menus.
Assistant
Assistant button
This button can no longer be used to talk to the Google Assistant.
Capture
Capture button
This button can no longer be used to capture screenshots or video clips.
Status light
Solid orange Solid orange light The controller is charging. The status light will turn off when charging is complete.
Blinking orange Blinking orange light The controller is ready to pair to a device over Bluetooth.
Blinking white Blinking white light The controller is ready to connect wirelessly to a paired device.
Solid white Solid white light The controller is turned on and connected to a device.
3.5mm headphone jack

You can plug headphones into this jack when your Stadia Controller is plugged into a device with a USB cable. The headphone jack does not work when the controller is connected wirelessly with Bluetooth.

  • If you don't hear audio when your Stadia Controller is plugged into a computer and your headset is plugged into the audio jack, switch the audio source on your computer to output directly to your controller.
  • If you plug your Stadia Controller into a computer and get low-quality audio through the headphone jack, plug your headset directly into your computer.
USB-C® port
  • To charge the Stadia Controller's battery, use a USB-C cable to plug it into a power adapter or a USB port on a computer.
  • For wired play, use a USB-C cable to connect the Stadia Controller to device that has a USB port, like a computer or mobile device.
    • If a USB-A to USB-C cable is used to connect to a computer, the USB-C side must be connected to the Stadia Controller. Connecting the USB-A side to the Stadia Controller via an adapter is not recommended.
  • To charge your Stadia Controller during wireless gameplay, turn on the controller, connect it wirelessly to a device, then plug it into a power adapter or your computer's USB port. To charge your controller during wireless gameplay on your computer or mobile device, plug it into a power adapter.
  • Use a USB-C cable to connect the Stadia Controller to another controller in Tandem Mode.
Stadia Controller technical specifications

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 (BLE)

Headset jack

3.5mm headset jack

Note: The headphone jack is not supported in Bluetooth mode.

USB port

USB-C port for charging, wired gameplay, and Tandem Mode

Weight

268g

Dimensions

163mm x 105mm x 65mm

Battery

Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery

BLUETOOTH is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

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

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