How to reload next to a downed squadmate on controller – Apex Legends

No more unwanted revives.

Maybe you’ve been there. In the heat of battle. Last squad member alive. You go to reload, but suddenly you are reviving a downed teammate. Next, Squad Eliminated flashes across the screen. If this sounds like a familiar experience to you, you probably play Apex Legends on controller.

The fact that ‘revive teammate’ and ‘reload weapon’ are bound to the same button has been the downfall of many a mighty warrior. Luckily, there is a way to prevent this mix up from happening.

Tap to Interact/Reload: How it works

Controller Layout Interact / Reload
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As of Apex Legends Season 14: Hunted, anytime two interact prompts conflict with each other, the possible actions will split into a tap to interact and a hold to interact. In the case of reloading next to a downed teammate, you can tap to reload, or hold down to revive. This makes the two actions distinct, separate commands, which makes controller play more reliable.

This change works universally on controller, whether you are playing on PC or console, and regardless of if you use an Xbox controller, PlayStation controller, or other third-party controller. This both makes console play over all a smoother experience, as well as further leveling the playing field between controller and mouse and keyboard players on PC.

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One thing that is important to remember, however, is if you tap when you want to hold, or hold when you want to tap, you can still end up in some sticky situations. It will be vital to adjust to this new format, and familiarize yourself with the actions in order to fully prevent in-battle faux pas.

The improved ‘Tap to Interact’ and ‘Hold to Interact’ feature debuted in Apex Legends for all controller players in Season 14: Hunted on August 9, 2022.

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Radiant G is Press SPACE to Jump's site lead, as well as their Apex Legends beat writer. He has covered Apex Legends across various sites since Season 3: Meltdown. In addition to his journalism, he is also an indie dev, artist, narrative writer, and producer. He is currently working on a queer narrative adventure game called Himbo Hunter.

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