Best game controllers for iPhone and Android (Updated July)
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Games on smartphones have evolved tremendously throughout the last few years and we now have competitive online titles such as Riot's League of Legends: Wild Rift and the immensely popular Apex Legends, joining the likes of classics such as Call of Duty and PUBG. But let's face it, if you are truly serious the on-screen controls can't match the convenience and comfort of a dedicated controller!
So, it is exactly for you, the serious mobile gamers out there, that we have found the best game controllers for both phones (both iPhones and Android phones) for you to pick from. Let's gear up and then level up!
- PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus - Inexpensive, with phone clip and built-in power bank
- Razer Kishi - Superior grip
- PlayStation DualSense - With Bluetooth support for Android and iPhone
- Nintendo Switch Pro - Sturdy, with Bluetooth support for Android
- SteelSeries Stratus Duo - Inexpensive, works wirelessly with Android and PC
- SteelSeries Nimbus+ - Affordable, ergonomic, with support for iOS devices and a phone clip
- Razer Raiju - Inexpensive, with an adjustable clip for your phone
PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus
If you’re looking for a full-fledged smartphone game controller, the XP5-X Plus is a good choice. This controller comes with an adjustable smartphone holder, making for a comfortable gaming experience. A unique selling point is the built-in 3000mAh power bank which will give your phone an extra boost if its battery is running low.
On top of a D-pad, two analog sticks, four regular buttons and four shoulder buttons, the XP5-X Plus has two mappable buttons which you can assign to touch spots on the screen. Both Bluetooth and wired connectivity over USB are supported, so you can choose between convenience and zero input lag. However, you can’t use the power bank feature and the USB connection at the same time.
Note that this particular game controller is designed for smartphones and will not work with your XBOX. It will work with your PC and services like Google Stadia or XBOX Game Pass, however.
Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller
The Razer Kishi is from a new breed of smartphone game controllers designed to integrate with your smartphone comfortably, with the controller feeling like a part of it for better grip. When not in use, the controller is easy to carry thanks to its retractable design.
Be aware that this controller does not support wireless connections of any sort. Instead, it plugs directly into your phone’s USB-C or Lightning port. An advantage of this approach is that there is zero input lag. There’s also no battery in the controller to recharge.
There are dedicated Android and iPhone versions of this controller – with a USB-C or Lightning connector, respectively – so be sure to order the correct variant for your particular phone.
PlayStation DualSense Wireless Controller
The biggest advantage of this game controller is that you may already have one. Since the DualShock 3, PlayStation controllers have been compatible with Android phones, and the DualShock 4 is compatible with the iPhone as well.
The newest PlayStation controller generation is no exception. You can connect the PlayStation DualSense controller to an Android phone over Bluetooth or with a USB-C to USB-C cable. Wireless connection to an iPhone or iPad is also possible after iOS 14.5. Note that many of the PlayStation-specific features of this controller will not work on mobile – things like haptics or the built-in microphone.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
This Nintendo controller is similar to the PlayStation controller, as it is another console controller that can also pair with your smartphone. The controller is very ergonomic and robust and has a 40 hour battery life. Overall, the Switch Pro controller is a solid option with great reviews and clicky buttons.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo
The Stratus Duo is an ergonomic, comfortable-to-use controller that’s also designed to be robust and resistant to fingerprint grease. It has Bluetooth connectivity but does not support Apple mobile devices. SteelSeries’s controller also switches instantly between your phone and your PC with the press of a button. A wireless dongle for PC connectivity is included. For mobile gaming, we recommend getting a SmartGrip — a smartphone clamp that's compatible with all current SteelSeries controllers and can hold a smartphone right over your gamepad while you game.
The Nimbus+ is a game controller designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It even has a Lightning charging port for better integration into the Apple ecosystem. A Lightning cable is not included in the box; however, you do get an iPhone holder that clips to the gamepad.
The Nimbus + looks and feels like a typical console controller, with the expected set of buttons and inputs. It even has navigation buttons for making your way through the UI. SteelSeries also brags about the inclusion of hall effect trigger buttons which are promised to last longer. Speaking of longevity, the Nimbus+ boasts a 50-hour battery life.
Razer Raiju Mobile
If you're a gamer, you're probably familiar with the Razer brand name, and Raiju is the company's premium mobile controller, meant for those that take their smartphone gaming really seriously. It connects to your Android device via Bluetooth and provides a whole host of buttons — two triggers, two shoulder buttons, two analog sticks, a D-pad and four additional buttons that you can map to whatever you want. It even has a home and back key to get you through the Android UI quicker. The adjustable clip lets you attach a smartphone to the gamepad for unbeatable convenience.