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Issues with linking your Stadia Controller?

Linking your Stadia controller to a screen

You need to link your Stadia Controller to a screen before you can use it to play. If you want to play on a TV using Chromecast Ultra, you’ll need to use a linking code to link your Stadia Controller wirelessly. If you want to play on a PC or phone, you must use a USB cable to connect the Stadia Controller. 

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 for that screen. The linking code lets you easily change which screen your controller is linked to. Each screen 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 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 be different. 

 

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Note: Currently, linking codes will only appear on Chromecast Ultra. Linking codes for other devices will be available soon.

How to link with a Chromecast

  1. Press the Stadia button for one second to turn on your Stadia Controller. The controller will vibrate. If you have not previously setup the controller with Wi-Fi, you can follow the instructions here.
  2. As soon as the status light blinks white, enter the linking code displayed on your Chromecast Ultra in Ambient Mode.
  3. 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.

 

Note: If the status light blinks orange, it means the controller can’t connect to Wi-Fi. Open the controller menu in the Stadia app to set up the controller with Wi-Fi. If you need to change the Wi-Fi on your Chromecast, use the Google Home app.

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N0N1337H41
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This is one of the biggest pains I deal with on Stadia. I have to link my Controller randomly. And there are times when the code just isn’t accepted at all. I have to power cycle the CCU, phone, and controller to get the code recognized, and sometimes I have to go through multiple power cycles. 

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Luis
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Thx 4 this info @GraceFromGoogle
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Khzhak
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I've been using it wired and playing in a browser window because it runs more smoothly when I do that. I plug in the controller, it flashes orange for a minute, then turns off. Even plugging it into the wall to charge it, it does that. I have no idea what's happening to it.

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le_avion
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I agree. I have spent the last 30 minutes chatting with Stadia support in an attempt to get my controller reconnected to my Chromecast Ultra. After weeks that it worked fine today none of my two controllers managed to connect. I tried to reset my Ultra, reconnect the controller to the WIFI, etc. but I was still unable to connect to the screen. Eventually I rebooted my router and the Ultra and the controller and Ultra managed to see each other. What a pain. Let's hope that a future enhancement will make it foolproof and easier to achieve. 

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Bamberger
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Hello together,

i`ve a little question/issue and i hope, you can help me.

It happens now every weekend, that the controller isn`t connected to the stadia anymore and i`ve to put in the code once again, because the controller blinks white. After this all is working fine and i can start stadia and so on, also the next day. So only when i don`t use stadia for round about one week, this situation happens. Is this normal and why it happens?

Thanks for your support!!

Best regards


Micha

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hyperionthunder
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I am on Xfinity xFi platform and I want to say it works well until we have xFi Pods installed. Now my controller is having trouble linking to the Chromecast Ultra even though both are on same WiFi network. Is this issue a known issue with xFi Pods interfering with the functionality of the Controller?

If so, what are the workaround to have the controller successfully link and hold the link during the game.

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