Android Pie and the Xbox One S controller should work nicely along each other

Android Pie and the Xbox One S controller should work nicely along each other
Hey, ever wanted to just grab that Xbox One S controller of yours, hook it up with your Android phone, and endlessly lash out at noobs in your favorite mobile game?

Well, if you've ever experienced such natural desires, then you've probably quickly discovered that while the Xbox One S controller will gladly pair up with your phone, button mapping in most games would be all over the place, rendering the sleek controller unusable with a mobile device.

However, this is seemingly all fixed with Android Pie. See, roughly two years ago vigilant users opened a support ticket with Google pertaining to this aggravating issue, and finally, a Google engineer marked it as "resolved" just two days ago.


Have in mind that the Xbox One S controller is not the only one you can use with your Android device. Aside from the much fancier Elite One controller or Sony's DS4 one, you can also use the later revision of the Xbox One controller, which got updated with Bluetooth near the end of its line. Refer to the image below to find out if your controller has Bluetooth or Microsoft's proprietary wireless connectivity only.


Don't forget that not all Android games support Bluetooth controllers like the ones mentioned at the top. Certain Xbox gamepad owners, however, have a reason to rejoice.

source: XDA

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10 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Awesome!

2. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

Been using my PS4 controller with my S9 Plus for a while now. Old news.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Do you feel special? I use my Ps4 controller with my Ps4 on a nice 60in OLED....

5. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

In other news, water is wet. You must feel special.

7. PopeFrancis

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Is your S9 rooted, or does it work without root now? I've been disconnected on the topic, maybe it's time to take my PS$ controller out of the drawer.

8. mr.joosue

Posts: 65; Member since: Nov 06, 2017

I am pretty sure it does not requires rooting. The article does not even mention rooting your phone either.

9. PopeFrancis

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Thanks for answering. Back in the day (Android 6) it was a specific issue with DS4 controller, we had to use sixaxis app, which requires root access. I'll just try it lol.

3. andrewc31394

Posts: 305; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

what games on Android support controllers? Fortnite?

6. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

It doesn't support controllers.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

"Xbox One S controller is not the only one you can use with your Android device. Aside from the much fancier Elite One controller or Sony's DS4 one, you can also use the later revision of the Xbox One controller, which got updated with Bluetooth near the end of its line" - The Elite doesn't have Bluetooth, so how does that work? - The Xbox One S controller is the updated Xbox One controller that has Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm jack built in. The Original Controllers didn't those features. - Also I'm pretty sure the DS3 works too.

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