Set up your Stadia Controller

Before you begin

  • To set up your Stadia Controller, you’ll need the Stadia app installed on your mobile device.
  • To play games on Stadia using a TV, you will need a Chromecast Ultra. Make sure that your Chromecast Ultra device is set up and connected to a Wi-Fi network. For the best performance, we suggest connecting your Chromecast Ultra to your WiFi router via wired Ethernet after completing setup.
  • To play games on Stadia using your laptop or PC, you will need the latest version of Google Chrome installed on your computer.
  • Your Stadia Controller’s battery must be charged.

Connect your Stadia Controller to Wi-Fi

The Stadia app uses Location access, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to find and set up your controller. If any of these are turned off when you begin setup, you’ll be asked to turn them on during the setup process.

  1. To turn on your Stadia Controller, hold down the Stadia button for two seconds until it vibrates.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app.
  3. Tap the Controller icon in the upper-right corner.
  4. If prompted, enable location access, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your mobile device.
  5. Select your controller from the list.
  6. The controller will vibrate to make sure the right controller is being set up. When the controller starts vibrating, tap Yes and then Continue

  7. Tap Connect to [network name] to connect your controller to the same Wi-Fi network that your phone is connected to.

    1. If you want to connect your Stadia Controller to a different network tap Choose a different network.

  8. Enter your Wi-Fi password and then tap Connect to Wi-Fi and then Done

  9. Your controller will download and install an update. You don’t need to wait for the update to finish before continuing. Tap OK.

Link your controller with a screen

You can use your Stadia Controller to play games on a TV using a Chromecast Ultra, a computer using Google Chrome, or supported mobile devices. To play a game, you need to link your controller to one of these devices.

Note: Wireless play is not currently supported on a computer or mobile device. To play on these devices, you will need to use a USB-C cable to link your Stadia Controller to your device.

Link your controller to a TV using Chromecast Ultra

  1. Make sure that your Chromecast Ultra device is powered on, connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Stadia Controller, and is plugged into an HDMI port on your TV.

  2. Select the HDMI port with the Chromecast Ultra as the input on your TV.

  3. On your Stadia Controller, hold down the Stadia button for one second to turn it on. The controller will vibrate when it finishes starting up.

  4. A linking code will be shown on the screen. Your Stadia Controller will blink white when it is ready to link. On your controller, enter the code using the d-pad and face buttons (A, B, X and Y).

  5. If you already have your Stadia account set up on your Chromecast Ultra, use the Stadia Controller to choose the Stadia account you want to log in with.
    If you have not yet your Stadia account set up with your Chromecast Ultra, continue through the rest of these steps.

  6. Use your controller to select “+” on the screen.

  7. On your mobile device, tap your avatar in the top right corner of the Stadia app.

  8. Tap Add account to Chromecast and then [your stadia account] and then Allow.

  9. Tap Done to finish setup, or tap Add a security pin to add a pin to your Stadia account.

Link your controller to a laptop or desktop computer using Google Chrome

You can connect your Stadia controller to your computer over USB to play games using the Google Chrome browser.

  1. Connect the controller to an open USB port on your computer with a USB-A to USB-C cable, like the one that came with your controller. 

  2. Using Google Chrome, go to stadia.com and sign in with your Stadia account.

  3. Launch the game that you want to play.

Link your controller to a Pixel phone using the Stadia app

You can use your Stadia Controller to play games on your Pixel 2, Pixel 3, or Pixel 4 phone in the Stadia app. You will need a USB-C cable.
  1. Connect your Stadia Controller to your Pixel device using a USB-C cable.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app.
  3. Launch the game you want to play.

 

 

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