How to Use a Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One Without an Adapter

How to Use a Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One Without an Adapter? If you have an Xbox One, you may also need other pieces of tech that need to be connected. You may have also seen that there’s no adapter for using a keyboard and mouse on your console without having them plugged into a computer first. 

Most gamers find the mouse and keyboard straightforward for gaming and use them frequently. Many play stations do not have the facility to connect a keyboard and mouse but Xbox One provides this opportunity. 

Although it does not have a Bluetooth connection, it allows connecting the wired keyboard and mouse to it without any adapter.

There are still plenty of ways to get all your favorite games going on your Xbox One without buying an adapter or getting one from someone else. Let’s dive into how.

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Steps to Using a Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One Without an Adapter

  • Step 1: Plug your micro USB cable with a 3.3 mm plug into the micro USB port on the back of your Xbox One wireless receiver, then connect it to your PC’s USB port.
  • Step 2: Connect one end of this adapter to a free USB slot on your PC’s motherboard. Make sure that you use an adaptor with at least two ends so that you can connect multiple devices at once.
  • Step 3: Plug in another end of this adapter into one side of an existing wired keyboard or mouse, then pair these devices through Bluetooth or direct connection if necessary.

We’ll discuss these steps in more detail below.

Step 1: Get a Micro USB Cable With a 3.3 mm Plug

You will need a micro USB cable with a 3.3 mm plug for this process to work. The best way to get one is from Amazon, but if you don’t want to buy online, there are plenty of options available at your local electronics store. 

Step 2: Plug Your Micro USB Cable Into the Micro USB Port on the Back of Your Xbox One Wireless Receiver

The micro USB port is located on the back of your Xbox One wireless receiver. It allows you to connect it to a computer for charging or transferring data. 

You can also use this same connection to connect your Xbox One wireless receiver to another device such as an external hard drive, so long as they both have a micro USB port.

Step 3: Plug the Receiver Into the Wireless USB Adapter for Your PC

  • Plug the receiver into the wireless USB adapter for your PC.
  • Plug the receiver into the USB port on your Xbox One.
  • Connect the receiver to your computer using an Ethernet cable or WiFi connection (if available).
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Now you’re ready to enjoy games on Xbox on your laptop or desktop. The mouse and keyboard will connect directly to the console. You’ll be able to use the same setup on your Xbox One as you would with a wired controller.

You can use any USB keyboard and mouse with your console. But we recommend having one of each so that you can switch back and forth between them depending on what type of game you want to play. 

If your mouse has more buttons than left-click and right-click, then it’s probably best not to use it since it may cause problems when playing games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends (unless those games support left-handed players). 

If all else fails, try using an Xbox One wireless receiver instead. These devices allow gamers with large monitors or high-resolution displays but don’t have enough space in their living room for an entire gaming setup. They can still enjoy their favorite titles without having wires running across every surface.


How to use a keyboard and mouse on Xbox One?

A micro USB cable will work with an Xbox One wireless receiver. You can use a computer to get the keyboard and mouse working. You will need a USB cable to connect the Xbox One wireless receiver to your computer.

Connect the receiver to your computer and then connect it to your Xbox One. Then, connect a keyboard and mouse to the wireless receiver on both devices.

Turn on both devices while they’re still connected (using an app like Home or Controller Settings).

How would the console recognize the external devices?

The console would recognize the external devices using the software “Xbox Insider Hub.” 

You can find the console, enter the Microsoft store, and find this software. 

Then, install the software and press “join.” Check if the software is updated, then plug in the external devices. The console will recognize the external devices if it has updated software. 

Test the working of devices before attaching them to the Xbox One.


If you want to connect multiple devices to your Xbox One without an adapter, you only need a micro USB cable. Connect one end to your Xbox One and the other to your PC.

Xbox One doesn’t have a Bluetooth connection. Therefore, you need wired keyboards and a mouse to play games. 

Now that you’re all set with your keyboard and mouse, it’s time to get gaming! You can use the same setup on your Xbox One with a wired controller.