How to activate Bluetooth on your Stadia controller

Google has turned off its Stadia cloud game streaming service, but it’s giving the wireless Stadia controller a second chance as a Bluetooth controller that can be connected to PCs, Macs, phones, and presumably other devices, too. The change won’t happen automatically; it’s a manual process that can’t be reversed. What’s more, you only have until December 31st, 2023, to do the switch to enable Bluetooth wireless. After that date, any unconverted Stadia controller will still work as a wired USB gamepad, but it’ll be locked out of playing games wirelessly.

I’m going to walk you through the process for converting your Stadia controller by using Google’s browser-based tool.

A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia Controller’s Bluetooth mode

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  • Next, you’ll need to allow your browser to verify the controller. Click the Allow Chrome to verify button.
  • This will cause a small drop-down window to appear in the top-left corner of your browser. Your Stadia controller should be visible. Choose the Connect option.
A screenshot showing how to activate your Google Stadia controller’s Bluetooth mode