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, to your computer at stadia.com, or to a compatible mobile device.
  • You can also use a USB-C® cable to connect your Stadia Controller to your computer or mobile device.

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 8 inputs: Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, X, and Y.

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

Stadia linking code

Link your Stadia Controller to Chromecast Ultra

  1. First, make sure you've set up your Stadia Controller.
  2. Press the Stadia button Stadia button for 1 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 there's no linking code on the screen, go to the next section for instructions on how add the code to your Chromecast Ultra's background image.
  4. It may take up to 15 seconds for the linking code you entered 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 network your Chromecast Ultra is connected to, use the Google Home app Google Home app.
Find the linking code on Chromecast Ultra

If there's no linking code on your Chromecast Ultra's Ambient Mode background image, you can turn it on in the Google Home app Google Home app. Follow these steps:

  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. You should now be able to find the linking code on the TV screen.
Auto-linking on your TV

When you turn on your Stadia Controller, it will automatically link to the last TV it linked to. You don't need to enter the code on your controller if you're going to play on the same screen you played on last.

To stop the Stadia Controller from linking automatically, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button when you turn it on until the controller vibrates twice.

Note: On Google TV or Android TV, the Stadia app Stadia icon needs to be open before your controller can link automatically.

Link your Stadia Controller to Google TV or Android TV

Before you link your Stadia Controller to your Google TV or Android TV device, make sure to set up your controller on your network. Next, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button on your controller for 4 seconds to turn it off.

  1. Turn on your TV and select the input for Google TV or Android TV.
  2. Launch the Stadia app with the TV remote that came with your device.
  3. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button to power it on.
    • If you already have Stadia set up on a nearby Chromecast Ultra, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until the controller vibrates twice. This prevents the controller from auto-linking.
  4. Use your TV remote to select your avatar on the top of the home screen.
  5. In the Stadia menu, select the controller icon Controller.
  6. Use your Stadia Controller to enter the linking code that is displayed.

It can take up to 15 seconds for the linking code to be recognized. If the link was successful, the controller will vibrate and the status light on your controller will turn solid white.

Link your Stadia Controller to a computer

First, make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements to play games on Stadia. Before you link your Stadia Controller to a computer, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button for 4 seconds to turn it off.

Wired connection

  1. Use a USB-C cable to connect your Stadia Controller to a USB port on your computer.
  2. Use Google Chrome to 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 1 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 TV you played on, press and hold the Stadia button Stadia button until the controller vibrates twice to re-enter linking mode.
  3. On stadia.com, click the controller icon Controller at the top of the screen.
  4. Use the Stadia Controller to input the linking code that is displayed.

You might not be able to link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to your computer 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 Controller at the top of the screen.
  4. Use the Stadia Controller to 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, the app might start automatically when you connect a gamepad to your mobile device.

Note: When you connect your Stadia Controller to your Android mobile device, or link to it wirelessly, you'll be able to hear and respond to in-game voice chat or party chat when you connect a headset with microphone to your controller. You can also use Bluetooth or a USB cable to connect a headset to your Android mobile device.

The controller menu

In the controller menu, you can find any controllers that are currently linked to the device. To go to 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. On Google TV or Android TV: If you have a TV remote, you can use it to select your avatar at the top of the home screen. You can also press the Home button on some Bluetooth® controllers.
  4. Select Controller Controller.

On stadia.com

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

If you're already in a game:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select Controller 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 Controller at the top of the home screen.

Troubleshoot wireless linking issues

If you are unable to link your controller to a screen with a linking code, the following tips might help.

When you... ...and the Stadia Controller responds... ...do this 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 can take up to 15 seconds for Stadia to recognize the linking code after you enter it. Make sure not to push any additional buttons after you enter the code. The controller will vibrate when it records your code entry.

Make sure you enter the correct code

Make sure you enter the correct code and don't press any additional buttons. If you enter the wrong code, wait until the controller's status light blinks white, then try again.

Check that 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 your 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.

Reset your controller

If you still have trouble linking to your device, reset your Stadia Controller.

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