Mobile gaming is no longer the only touch screen it used to be. Smartphones are increasingly home to serious, competitive games that require external controllers to really play at your peak power. Many manufacturers have stepped in to create options designed specifically for this purpose. But what if I told you there’s a good chance you now have a perfectly viable, possibly even superior controller for iPhone games sitting in a drawer?
Many people don’t even realize that it is possible to connect some official console controllers to other devices. Their reliance on Bluetooth technology means that they can indeed be used with things like PCs and smartphones. The PlayStation 4 controller has skyrocketed in popularity for this purpose thanks to the sheer number of controllers available and the excellent quality of the controller itself.
We’ll show you how to quickly and easily pair your PlayStation 4 controller with your iPhone for use in any mobile game that supports external Bluetooth controller inputs. Follow this short tutorial and you’ll never miss a shot again because your thumb got in the way.
Connecting a PlayStation 4 controller to your iPhone
- Necessary materials: A PlayStation 4 controller and an iPhone
Step 1: Open your iPhone’s Settings app and find the Bluetooth section
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, find the Bluetooth option and tap it. Once it’s open, make sure your Bluetooth is turned on, grab your PlayStation 4 controller and move on to Step 2.
Step 2: Put your PlayStation 4 controller into pairing mode
Keep the . pressed while your PlayStation 4 controller is turned off PS button and Share button (shown above) until the light panel on the top of the controller starts flashing white quickly. This means that the controller is now in pairing mode and ready to connect. Let’s go back to the iPhone for step 3.
Step 3: Connect to the PlayStation 4 controller
With your PlayStation 4 controller in pairing mode, look at your iPhone’s Bluetooth menu. While in this menu, iPhone will constantly search for available Bluetooth devices nearby. Give it a few seconds and the PlayStation 4 controller should appear as DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller in the OTHER DEVICES section of the menu. Once you see it there, tap on its name to connect to it.
Last Step: Verify Your Connection
As soon as you tap DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller your iPhone should connect in a few seconds. After it is successfully connected, the device will turn off the OTHER DEVICES section up to the MY DEVICES section where all actively connected Bluetooth devices live. From here, all you need to do is fire up your favorite game (which supports external Bluetooth controllers) and start playing.
PlayStation 4 controller smartphone holders
Below are some smartphone holders we found that allow you to connect your PS4 controller to your iPhone for easy gaming on the go. While most of these holders are pretty universal, make sure to double check that your particular model of iPhone is supported by the included smartphone clamp, especially if you have a larger model like the iPhone Pro Max.