Logitech F710 Lost USB Dongle – What to do?

The F710 is a popular and cost-effective wireless game controller – also known as gamepad. It was launched in 2011. The build quality is solid and it’s still used by many gamers – more than a decade later!

Logitech G F710 Wireless Gamepad, 2.4 GHz Wireless with USB Nano-Receiver, Controller Dual Vibration Feedback, 4 Switch D-Pad, PC - Grey/Black

Quick Summary

The F710 uses a small black colored USB dongle that plugs into your laptop or PC. It needs this to connect. If you lose, break or damage the dongle you will need to purchase another one.

Original Receiver for Logitech Gamepad F710

The dongle is tiny. Many users will dispose or recycle an old PC and forget that the dongle was plugged into the USB port.

In this post we answer frequently asked user questions about the USB dongle. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Table of Contents

Can I use the F710 without the USB dongle?

No, the F710 cannot be used without it.

The dongle includes a wireless transmitter and receiver that communicates with the controller and is mandatory for operation.

Although the dongle looks like a Logitech nano receiver it is not the same as it facilitates communication in both directions – to and from the controller.

F710 dongle communications

A conventional nano receiver only accepts signals from a keyboard (or mouse). It does not transmit information bearing signals to the keyboard.

F710 Replacement Dongle

The F710 dongle can be replaced with another one from Amazon.

Original Receiver for Logitech Gamepad F710

You will also need to download the Connect Utility software as the dongle will not automatically connect to the gamepad.

Does the F710 use a Bluetooth dongle?

The F710 is not Bluetooth. Instead it uses a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless technology designed by Logitech. It is optimized for game controllers.

Can the F710 be used in Wired Mode?

No, the F710 does not operate in wired mode. It is a wireless-only product.


If you have lost or misplaced the USB dongle for F710 you will need to purchase a replacement part. The product was introduced over 10 years ago and it’s likely that driver support will not continue for longer. For instance there is no support for Windows 11. We therefore recommend buying another game controller.

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