Link your Stadia Controller to a screen

You need to link your Stadia Controller to a screen before you can use it to play.

  • Use a linking code to link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to a TV using Chromecast Ultra, to your computer at stadia.com, or to a compatible mobile device.
  • You can also connect your Stadia Controller to your computer or mobile device with a USB-C cable.

What is a linking code?

To let your Stadia Controller know which screen you want to play on wirelessly, you'll need to enter a linking code. The linking code lets you easily change which device your controller is linked to. Each device will have its own unique linking code that will rarely change.

Enter linking codes from left to right, one button at a time. Linking codes are 4-5 characters long and consist of only eight inputs: Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, X, Y.

Here is a sample of what a linking code looks like. The code for your screen will probably be different.

Stadia linking code

How to link with a Chromecast Ultra

  1. First, make sure you've set up your Stadia Controller.
  2. Press the Stadia button Stadia button for one second to turn on your Stadia Controller. The controller will vibrate.
  3. As soon as the status light blinks white, enter the linking code displayed on your Chromecast Ultra in Ambient Mode.
    • If you don't see the linking code on the screen, go to the next section for instructions on how to make the linking code visible on your Chromecast Ultra background image.
  4. It can take up to 15 seconds for the entered linking code to be recognized. If the link was successful, the controller will vibrate and Stadia will launch on your Chromecast Ultra. The status light on your controller will turn solid white when it is linked to the screen.
If the status light blinks orange, it means the controller can't connect to Wi-Fi. To connect it, open the controller menu in the Stadia app Stadia icon. If you need to change the Wi-Fi on your Chromecast Ultra, use the Google Home app Google Home app.

Don't see a linking code on your Chromecast Ultra background image?

If you don't see a linking code on your Chromecast Ultra, you may need to turn it on in the Google Home app Google Home app. Follow these steps to display the linking code on the Chromecast Ultra’s Ambient Mode:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Select your Chromecast Ultra.
  3. In the top right, tap Settings.
  4. Under "Device Info", select Ambient Mode.
  5. Scroll down the Ambient mode screen. Under "Stadia Controller linking code", select Show. The linking code should appear on the screen.

Auto-linking on Chromecast Ultra

Your controller will automatically link to the last Chromecast Ultra it linked to when you turn it on. You don't need to enter the code on your controller if you're going to play on the same screen you played last.

You can bypass auto-linking so that you can play on a different screen than the last one you played on. To do this, hold the Stadia button down for 3 seconds on startup. You will feel the controller vibrate once when it turns on, and another time at 3 seconds. This signals that auto-linking has been disabled.

You can also skip auto-linking by entering the code for the screen you want to play on prior to the controller linking automatically.

Link your Stadia Controller to a computer

First, make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements for playing on Stadia.

Before you link your Stadia Controller to a computer, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for four seconds to make sure the controller is turned off.

Wired connection

  1. Using a USB-C cable, connect your Stadia Controller to a USB port on your computer.
  2. On your computer using Google Chrome, sign into your account at stadia.com.

Wireless connection

  1. Sign into your account at stadia.com.
  2. Press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for one second. The controller will power on and rumble, then the status light will blink white.
    • If you don’t want your controller to re-connect to the last device you played on, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until the controller vibrates twice to re-enter linking mode.
  3. At stadia.com, click the Controller icon at the top of the screen.
  4. Using the Stadia Controller, input the linking code that is displayed.

Linking your Stadia Controller wirelessly to your computer may not work if your computer is on a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you have problems linking, disable VPN on your computer and try again. Tip: Corporate/work devices may have VPN enabled by default.

Link your Stadia Controller to a mobile device

First, make sure that Stadia gameplay is supported on your mobile device.

Wireless connection

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until it vibrates twice.
    • The controller's status light will blink white.
  3. Tap the Controller icon at the top of the screen.
  4. Using the Stadia Controller, input the linking code that is displayed.

Wired connection

  1. Connect your Stadia Controller to your mobile device with a USB cable.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
    • Depending on your settings, connecting a gamepad might start the app automatically.

Note: When you connect your Stadia Controller to your mobile device, or link to it 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 controller menu

The controller menu shows any controllers that are currently linked to the device. To view the controller menu:

On a TV using Chromecast Ultra

  1. Launch Stadia on your TV.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
  3. Select Controller.

On stadia.com

  1. Sign into your account at stadia.com.
  2. At the top of the screen, click the Controller icon.

If you're already in a game:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select Controller.

In the Stadia app

In the Stadia app, the controller menu displays Stadia Controllers that are turned on and ready to link to a screen. If a Stadia Controller is ready to link, you can select it to link it to Wi-Fi.

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your mobile device.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  3. Tap the controller icon at the top of the home screen.

Troubleshoot wireless linking issues

If you run into trouble linking a controller to a screen with a linking code, the following tips might help.

When you... Stadia Controller responds What to do next
Press one button

One short vibration. Continued white blinking of the status light.

Please enter the rest of the linking code.
Enter a valid linking code

Two short vibrations. Status light blinks 2 times, then solid white status light.

Controller is linked and ready to play. Game on!
Enter an invalid linking code

One short and one long vibration. Status light blinks orange twice, then continued white blinking of the status light.

Please enter the correct linking code.

Be patient

It may take up to 15 seconds for Stadia to recognize the linking code after you enter it. Pushing any buttons after entering the code will change the code that is sent to Stadia, so make sure not to press any more buttons once you've entered the code. The controller will vibrate when it is recording your code entry.

Make sure you enter the right code

Make sure you've entered the right code and did not press any additional buttons. If you've entered the wrong code, just enter the right code while the controller is flashing white.

Make sure you're on the same Wi-Fi network

Wireless linking requires that both the Stadia Controller and the device you want to play on are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Make sure the Wi-Fi network is compatible

Any home Wi-Fi network should work with Stadia, but you may not be able to wirelessly link a Stadia Controller to a screen when you're connected to a shared network, such as in a hotel, office, or café.

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