Anyone who has used the Xbox Series X controller | S for a long time will know the dangers of the Share button, but it doesn’t have to bother you anymore.
The Share button on the Xbox Wireless Controller often gets in the way at the most inopportune times. like a redditor (opens in new tab) recently pointed out, its placement between the controller’s View and Menu button makes it very easy to accidentally tap while you’re playing a game.
Get a little too excited about your thumb in Forza 5, and you can unintentionally capture the moment your vehicle leaves the lane. Get distracted in Halo Infinite and you can inadvertently capture the instant an enemy player runs over you in a Warthog.
The Reddit post generated a lot of discussion about the unfortunate placement of the Share button, but there is an easy solution. Earlier this year, Microsoft released an update for the Xbox Series X | S that lets you reassign the Share button to a series of custom actions – or none at all.
If you find that you’re filling your Xbox’s media library with hundreds of accidental screenshots, try remapping the Share button to something more suitable.
How to Remap Xbox Series X Share Button
Remapping the Share button is very easy. To get started, go to the Xbox Accessories app in the “My Games & Apps” section of your console. If you are using the controller on PC, you can also download and open the app from the Microsoft app store (opens in new tab).
After loading the application, select the controller you want to configure. Choose a profile (control scheme) and select the pencil icon on the right side to edit. From there, it’s a case of assigning the Share button to whatever action you want.
There are many options to choose from. You can remap to record a video clip of the last 30 seconds of gameplay, mute your TV, activate Night Mode, send a message, and even launch a specific app or game. If you’re frequently tapping the button by accident, you might be better off setting it to No Action, making it a superfluous but safe plastic bump on the face of your controller.
There is also room for more customization. You can assign a double tap on the button to a separate action and change the functionality of holding the Share button. So while you can remap a single button press to do nothing, you can assign a double tap to take a screenshot and hold to record a video. You don’t have to give up your screenshot days completely.
Some Xbox fans have used the remap function in surprisingly creative ways, including one Redditor who found it a cool tool for quickly switching between games. Even without these tricks, it’s a handy way to avoid accidental screenshots. Take a chance.