Xbox owners are just realizing three tricks instantly upgrade controller battery life and the first is using Night Mode

GAMERS have discovered that there are some secret ways to extend the battery life of their Xbox controller.

They won’t make much of a difference, but if you’re constantly running out of battery, these tricks might help.

Give your controller the best chance of good battery life


Give your controller the best chance of good battery lifePhoto credit: Microsoft Xbox

Dim the lights

Night Mode allows you to dim the light on your Xbox controller.

It is also possible to set the default brightness of the light separately from the night mode brightness.

This allows you to switch between two brightness levels in no time.

To check Night Mode settings, simply go to Profile & System > Settings > Accessibility > Night Mode.

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And to dim the lights on your joypad, just go to Controller Brightness.

Disable rumble

Another good strategy to maximize battery life is to disable the rumble feature.

A vibrating controller uses more power than one that doesn’t rumble.

So if vibrations aren’t that important to you, just turn them off.

In some cases, it may even be better to turn them off – for example, in competitive games where you don’t want the distraction of vibration.

To turn it off, just go to Settings > Input > Controller Vibration.

Manual shutdowns

PlayStation fans know that their DualSense controllers don’t automatically turn off unless you change the settings.

Luckily, that’s not the case with an Xbox.

To conserve battery power, your Xbox controller will turn off if it’s not used for 15 minutes.

However, if you know you’re going to be done playing for a while, it’s best to just turn it off manually.

Allowing your Xbox controller to automatically turn off with the 15 minute timer every time will significantly impact battery life.

It’s best to just turn the controller off yourself when you’re finished instead of relying on the automated system.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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