How to Disable the Auto Shutoff on an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller


The Xbox 360, developed by Microsoft, has various features, including a removable hard drive, Xbox Live and wireless controllers. The Xbox 360 wireless controllers are equipped with a stable 30 foot range to the console with nearly the same weight as the wired controller and uses batteries as a power source. One of the ways the controller conserves power is by shutting down when inactive. There is no way to shut off this feature without a peripheral, which can be inconvenient to gamers who wish to leave the controller idle and connected for an extended period of time. However, connecting the controller to an Xbox 360 Play & Charge kit automatically disables this shutoff feature while also recharging your batteries.

Things You'll Need

  • Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit
  • Purchase the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit from any home electronics store or from Check the references section for a link to purchasing the $20 product.

  • Turn your wireless Xbox 360 controller upside down and press the tab on the top of the battery pack to disconnect the battery cover from the Xbox 360. Pull it off and take out the batteries.

  • Replace the old batteries with the rechargeable battery pack that came in the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit.

  • Plug the controller input of the Play & Charge Kit cable into the top of the controller between the right and left bumper buttons.

  • Plug the other end of the Play & Charge Kit cable into one of the USB controller ports on the Xbox 360.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure the rechargeable battery pack is installed in the controller before using the Play & Charge Kit to prevent damaging your controller.

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