How To Turn Off Xbox One Controller Auto Sleep? [2023]

Is your Xbox One Controller sleeping after a while? If yes, then you probably activated the Auto Sleep mode.

But, How To Turn Off Xbox One Controller Auto Sleep?

  1. Navigate to the right-hand side of your gaming console’s menu.
  2. Then select “system.” 
  3. The “auto-sleep” feature will be available.
  4. Select this “auto-sleep” option.
  5. Click on the “disable” option to turn off the feature.

After going through these steps, if you still have the auto sleep issue, it is happening due to some other reasons, which I have discussed below.

What Is Auto Sleep on Xbox One Controller?

The Auto Sleep on Xbox One Controller is a mode that turns off the gaming console after a specific amount of inactivity to save and extend its battery life.

To connect Xbox One and other devices connected to the Xbox One computer, you will need a driver, notably the very special Xbox One Controller Driver. As soon as you install this controller driver, the Xbox One computer will quickly detect the game console Xbox One, and it will quickly be able to get commands from the computer.

This video game controller can either be powered by a battery or be direct-powered. It usually has an “automatic off” or “auto sleep” mode that turns off the gaming console.

Although in some games, gamers turn off the Xbox controller manually rather than opting for such an option. This is because gaming consoles such as the Xbox require access time in exchange for various in-game perks.

Here you can read about how to change time and date on any Xbox.

Why Does My Xbox One Controller Keep Falling Asleep?

There are various reasons your Xbox controller keeps falling asleep or turning off. Here are the most common reasons:

  • You have kept your “auto sleep” mode on (main reason). 
  • The batteries are dying or dead and require to be recharged or replaced.
  • The firmware, a type of microchip software, needs to be updated on your controller.
  • Your gaming console has an excessive number of devices connected to it.
  • The distance between your controller and the gaming system is too much.

How To Stop The Xbox Controller From Falling Asleep?

There are mainly 3 ways to eliminate that problem. They are:

1. Disable The Auto Sleep Mode

Disabling “Auto Sleep” is the most straightforward technique to prevent your Xbox controller from turning off.

The steps for disabling the Xbox One controller’s “auto sleep” are as follows:

  1. Navigate to the right-hand side of your gaming console’s menu.
  2. Then select “system.” 
  3. The “auto-sleep” feature will be available.
  4. Select this “auto-sleep” option.
  5. Click on the “disable” option to turn off the feature.

2. Replace or Recharge The Batteries In Your Controller

  1. On your controller, press the “Xbox button.”
  2. Go to the ‘’Home menu’’.
  3. Then, look in the top-right area for the “battery” icon to check if it’s low.
  4. You can directly remove the back case from your controller and replace the two AA batteries if necessary.
  5. If your controller has a rechargeable battery pack, plug it in and charge it until it’s fully charged.

3. Update Your Controller’s Firmware Software

For Xbox console:

  1. Link your controller to your console with the help of a USB cable.
  2. The cable should be in good condition and securely plugged in on both ends. 
  3. Press the “Xbox” button on your controller to open the ‘’Home’’ Menu
  4. Select “Profile and System” from the menu.
  5. Click on the “Settings” option.
  6. Select “Devices & Connections.”
  7. Tap “Accessories” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Pick the controller that needs to be updated. 
  9. To check the firmware version, select “…” on the screen of the Xbox Wireless Controller. 
  10. If you need an update, you must follow the on-screen instructions. 
  11. Allow up to 5 mins for your controller to update. 
  12. If there is no message or instruction, it will imply that your controller is up-to-date.

Bonus Tip: Another way to avoid your Xbox controller turning off is to keep using it within the suggested range.

How Long Does An Xbox One Controller Stay On?

The lifespan of AA batteries in an Xbox controller is about 40 hours on average, and your Xbox One controller can last at least up to 30 hours once ultimately charged.

However, after 15 minutes of inactivity, the Xbox One wireless controller automatically switches off.

Do Xbox Controllers Go To Sleep?

Yes, it certainly does. The Xbox controller is an essential part of a fantastic gaming experience, and you can enjoy your games more if your controller does not switch itself off all the time.

There are several reasons why your Xbox controller shuts off, and most of them are simple to resolve.

The Xbox controller features an “Auto Sleep” mode that makes it “go to sleep” or switch it off after a period of inactivity.

Other than this, if a gamer goes a few hours without touching any buttons on their controller, it will also cause the controller to go to sleep or switch off.

If your Xbox controller continues going off due to a design flaw or any other reason, you should contact Microsoft Support at 1800 102 1100.

Also, you can arrange for the Xbox controller to be repaired or replaced at the nearest authorized Xbox accessories store if required.

How To Keep Your Xbox One Controller On All Night?

If the battery on an Xbox One controller runs out during gameplay, a suitable USB or micro USB charging cable is frequently used to recharge it. As a result, gamers take advantage of this to prevent the console from sleeping.

Thus, such wired connections, like a USB charging cable or a micro USB cable, can easily link to the console and connect to a power source to use instead of the battery and prevent your Xbox One controller from going to sleep.

To avoid damaging the battery life of the Xbox controller, you should remove the battery. If you wish to leave it overnight, be sure to turn off the “automatic shutdown.”

Why Does The Xbox One Controller Turn Off After 15 Minutes?

A weak battery is a primary cause of your Xbox One controller disconnecting or shutting off every 15 minutes.

To ensure it has enough power, look at the battery indicator on the home screen. If the battery is dying or dead, replace the batteries or refresh the battery pack.

You can read this post to learn more about the batteries in Xbox Controller.

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