Do Valve Index Controllers Come With Dongles?

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By Eric Wilson

If you’re considering purchasing a Valve Index VR system, you may be wondering whether the controllers come with dongles. The short answer is yes, they do. But there are some important details to know about how the dongles work and what to expect when setting up your system.

What Is a Dongle?

First, let’s define what we mean by “dongle.” In the context of the Valve Index controllers, a dongle is a small USB device that plugs into your computer and communicates wirelessly with the controllers. This allows you to use the controllers without needing any cords or cables connecting them directly to your computer.

How Many Dongles Do You Need?

The Valve Index controllers come with two dongles, one for each controller. This means that if you’re using both controllers at the same time (which is how they’re intended to be used), you’ll need to plug both dongles into your computer.

How Do You Set Up the Dongles?

Setting up the dongles is fairly straightforward. When you first receive your Valve Index system, you’ll need to plug in the headset and both controllers using their respective cords. Once everything is plugged in, you can insert the two dongles into available USB ports on your computer.

After that, you’ll need to pair each controller with its corresponding dongle. This is done by pressing and holding a small button on each controller until it starts flashing blue.

Then, press and hold the button on the corresponding dongle until it starts flashing as well. Once both are flashing, they should automatically pair with each other.

What If You Lose a Dongle?

If for some reason you lose one of your Valve Index controller dongles (or if it stops working), don’t worry – replacements are available for purchase separately. Simply visit Valve’s website or a retailer that sells Valve Index accessories to order a new dongle.


In summary, the Valve Index controllers do come with dongles – specifically, two dongles for each controller. Setting up the dongles is a relatively simple process that involves pairing each one with its corresponding controller. And if you ever need a replacement dongle, they’re readily available for purchase.