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 icon

The Stadia button is used to access menus, turn the Stadia platform on, and has a built-in status light.
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Turn on the Stadia platform Hold the Stadia buttonStadia icon down for 1 second until the controller vibrates.

Open the Stadia menu to:

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

Quickly tap the Stadia buttonStadia icon.

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

Open the platform menu to:

  • Resume game
  • Turn the controller off
  • Exit game
  • Sign out
  • Shut down

Hold the Stadia buttonStadia icon down for 1 second while the Stadia platform is on.

Note: Opening the platform menu does not pause your game.
Turn the controller off Hold the Stadia buttonStadia icon down for 4 seconds.
Turn the controller off (hard power down) Hold the Stadia buttonStadia icon down for 8 seconds to turn the controller off (hard power down). Doing this can be useful as a hard reset procedure if the controller were to become unresponsive. (The controller may be turned back on with a 1 sec. press of the Stadia button).


Gameplay controls

Face buttons

A-button A button

B-button B button

X-button X button

Y-button Y button

These buttons are used for different actions depending on what game you’re playing. The face buttons are often used for actions like 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

These four buttons are located on the shoulders of the Stadia Controller. They’re used for different actions depending on which game you’re playing. The shoulder buttons are often used for actions like shooting, throwing, or controlling throttle and brakes.

The triggers are analog, so games can tell how far the trigger is pressed. This can be used for actions that require a variable amount of pressure, like gas pedals and brake pedals in racing games.

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 often used for menu selection, moving your character, or for fighting game actions and combos. However, the D-Pad can 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 most commonly used to move your character or to move the camera view. 

Both sticks can be pressed like a button. These “buttons” are called L3 and R3. Like other buttons, L3 and R3 have different uses depending on which game you’re playing.

Other buttons

Stadia menu button
  • Access in-game menu
  • Pause supported games 
  • May be used differently in some games.
Stadia options button
  • Access in-game options menu
  • Pause supported games
  • May be used differently in some games
Assistant button
Talk to the Google Assistant.
Note: You don’t need to keep holding the button down while you speak.
Note: You must have Google Assistant enabled in your Stadia account to use Google Assistant on your controller.
Capture button
  • Press to save a screenshot
  • Hold to save a 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 WiFi. Open the Stadia App and tap the controller icon to set the controller up on your WiFi network.
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. 

3.5mm Headphone jack and microphone

  • The 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the bottom of the controller. You can plug wired headphones into the controller to listen to your game. The headphone jack works with headphones both with or without a microphone - if your headphones have a microphone, then you may speak into that microphone 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. While the Assistant is listening, 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.


  • Charge the Stadia Controller’s battery by using a USB-C cable to plug into a power adapter or 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 controller from a computer’s USB port during wireless game play, turn your controller on and link to a screen first, then plug in to the computer’s USB port.
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