How to connect an Xbox or PS4 DualShock controllers to your iPhone and iPad

How to connect an Xbox or PS4 DualShock controllers to your iPhone and iPad
With iOS 13, Apple gives you the option to connect and use your trusty PlayStation 4 DualShock or Xbox controllers to play games on the iPhone or iPad. Needless to say, this is preferable to covering half of the smallish screens with your big fat digits.

Moreover, the buttons and sticks you are used to, are faithfully mapped and, since you are used to their feedback and layout from the countless hours you've spent before your favorite  console, the learning curve is rather flat.

Here's what you need to do to connect a PlayStation 4 or Xbox controller to your iPhone or iPad and hit the ground running on action-packed games like, say, the new Call of Duty mobile version, or simply enjoy Apple Arcade games in full screen:

1. On Sony DualShock 4, press and hold the PS button below, and the Share button to the left of the touchpad together. On BT-enabled Xbox controller, hold the Xbox button in the middle to turn it on, and then press the Connect button at the top of the pad to enter pairing mode (the logo will start blinking)

2. Go to Settings > Bluetooth  > My devices on your iPhone or iPad, and tap the respective listing to pair your game controller with your iOS gear

3. That's it, on the Xbox pad the logo will stop blinking, while on the DualShock 4 a red strip will light up at the top of the touchpad indicating a successful pairing. Now go kill'em all!

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3 Comments

1. gadgetpower

Posts: 268; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is amazing! Now I can play much better on my apple TV and then continue it with my idevices

2. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I tried DualShock 4 controller on my iPad Pro. But, and I am VERY disappointed to report this, there seems to be some sort of hesitation in joystick response when it comes to the matter of "looking-around" in an fps game. Eg: In both Shadowgun as well as Dead Trigger 2, when I use the right analog stick to look around (sensitivity set to 100%), the "looking" starts slow, and, if I hold in that particular direction for a while, it suddenly zooms at superfast speeds. So I foolishly end up looking at the sky, while the bots/zombies directly shoot or hit me in the face. Of course, any solution or suggestions would be highly appreciated!!

3. Blazers

Posts: 750; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It works great on mine. So far I've only been using it for PS4 Remote Play.....no issues so far other than the PS button doesn't work (have to use the virtual button).

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