Meet the Stadia Controller

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 on the Stadia platform and access menus. It has a built-in status light.
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Turn on the Stadia platform

Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for one second until the controller vibrates.

Note: Before you turn on Stadia, you must link your controller to the screen that you want to use.

Open the Stadia menu

  • See your profile information
  • Check your network connection status
  • Adjust audio levels
  • Start a party
  • View notifications
  • Exit a game

Quickly press the Stadia button Stadia button once.

Note: Opening the Stadia menu does not pause your game.

Open the Stadia platform menu

  • Resume game
  • Turn the controller off
  • Exit game
  • Switch accounts
  • Shut down Stadia

Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for one second while the Stadia platform is on.

Note: Some options may only appear on some platforms. Opening the platform menu does not pause your game.

Turn off the controller

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

Re-enter linking mode

When the Stadia Controller is off, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for three seconds until it vibrates twice.

Note: This can be useful when switching screens wirelessly to another device. For example, when switching between your TV and computer.
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.

To turn the controller back on, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for 1 second.

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 that you're playing. Actions may include running, jumping or interacting with objects.

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. They're often used for actions like shooting, throwing or controlling vehicle throttle and brakes.

The triggers are analogue, so games can tell how far down you press them. They're used in games that require a variable amount of pressure, like racing games that simulate gas and brake pedals.

Direction pad

Up button

Down button

Left button

Right button

This 8-directional D-pad is used to perform directional actions (up, down, left, right or diagonal). The D-Pad is used for menu selection, moving your character or for fighting game actions and combos. The D-Pad may be used differently depending on what game you're playing.

Direction sticks

Left stick
Left stick

Right stick
R stick

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. Like other buttons, L3 and R3 have different uses, depending on the game that you're playing.

Other buttons

Stadia menu button
  • Access the in-game menu
  • Pause supported games
  • May be used differently in some games
Stadia options button
  • Access the in-game options menu
  • Pause supported games
  • May be used differently in some games
Assistant button
  • Talk to Google Assistant
    • Note: You don't need to hold the button down while you speak. To use Google Assistant with your Stadia Controller, you must enable Google Assistant in your Stadia account settings.
Capture button
  • Press to save a screenshot
  • Hold to save a video clip
Status light
Blinking white Blinking white light The controller is ready for you to enter the linking code. It will take several seconds to link after entering a code.
Solid white Solid white light The controller is on, linked to a screen and ready for gameplay.
Blinking orange Blinking orange light The controller needs to be set up with Wi-Fi. Open the Stadia app and tap the controller icon to set the controller up on your Wi-Fi network.
Blinking orange and white Blinking white and orange light New software is being applied to your Stadia Controller. The controller is not usable while this software is being applied.
White double blink White double pulse You pressed the Assistant button Assistant button and Assistant is ready to accept your query.
Solid orange Solid orange light The controller is charging. The status light will turn off when charging is complete.

Note: Stadia does not currently support headphone or headset connections via Bluetooth.

3.5 mm headphone jack and microphone

  • The 3.5 mm headphone jack is located on the bottom of the Stadia Controller. You can plug wired headphones into the controller to listen to your game. The headphone jack works with headphones with or without a built-in microphone. If your headphones have a microphone, you can speak into it to use voice chat and Google Assistant on Stadia.
    Note: When using the headphone jack, you will not be able to play audio from your TV, computer or mobile device.
  • The Stadia Controller has a microphone near the headset jack. With Google Assistant enabled, the mic will turn on when you press the Assistant button. When you can speak to the Assistant, the status light on your controller will blink in a series of two short flashes followed by a pause. You'll also see an Assistant indicator on the screen where you're playing.
    • When you plug a headset into your Stadia Controller and press the Assistant button, you'll have to speak to the Assistant using your headset's microphone.
    • Note: When you connect your Stadia Controller to your Android mobile device, or link it to your device wirelessly, you'll be able to hear voice chat when you connect a headset to your phone, but you won't be able to speak to others with your mobile device or headset.
  • The DualShock 4 Controller also supports audio input and output via a headset connected to the 3.5 mm audio jack. For all other supported controllers, including mouse and keyboard, headsets must be connected directly to the computer or phone for audio input and output.

USB-C port

  • Charge the Stadia Controller's battery by using a USB-C cable to plug it into a power adaptor or a USB port on a computer.
  • Use a USB-C cable to connect the Stadia Controller to a computer or compatible phone for wired play.
  • To charge your Stadia Controller during wireless game play on Chromecast Ultra, turn your controller on and link to a screen, then plug it into a power adaptor or your a computer's USB port. To charge your controller during wireless gameplay on your computer or mobile device, plug it into a power adaptor.
  • Plug a USB headset into the USB-C port on your controller for game audio and voice chat.
    • Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones are not compatible with the Stadia Controller.
    • AIAIAI TMA-2 MFG4 On-Ear headphones can only be used with a 3.5 mm cable.
  • Use a USB-C cable to connect the Stadia Controller to another controller in Tandem mode.

Critical software updates to your Stadia Controller

When critical software updates are released for your Stadia Controller, they will be applied automatically when it connects to Wi-Fi. Here's how it works:

  1. Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for one second to turn on your Stadia Controller.
  2. The Stadia button will slowly blink white for approximately 12 seconds while it connects to Wi-Fi.
  3. The Stadia button will blink orange and white while it applies the critical update. During this time you won't be able to use your controller.

You can also check if your Stadia Controller software is being updated:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. Tap the controller icon.

After any updates finish, your Stadia Controller will restart and the Stadia button will slowly blink white again for approximately 12 seconds while it reconnects to Wi-Fi.

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