How to connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone and play mobile games with a real controller


  • You can connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone via the phone’s Bluetooth menu.
  • Before connecting it to your iPhone, put your PS4 controller in pairing mode by holding the button Playstation and the Share buttons.
  • Connecting a PS4 controller to your iPhone will allow you to play a variety of mobile games with a controller.

As addicting and fun as iPhone games are, some games can be difficult to play when all you have is a touchscreen. This is especially true for first person shooters and other games that require fine movement.

But there is good news for Playstation 4 Players: You can connect your PS4 controller to your iPhone and use it to play iPhone games.

Quick advice: Not all games support controllers, and the App Store usually won’t tell you which games do or don’t. The only real way to find out is to do some research online or test it yourself.

You can get started by connecting your PS4 controller through the iPhone’s Bluetooth menu.

How to connect a PS4 controller to an iPhone

1. On your PS4 controller, press the Playstation and To share buttons. Hold both until the backlight starts flashing, indicating that your PS4 controller is in pairing mode.

2. When your controller is in pairing mode, open the Settings app on your iPhone and select the Bluetooth tongue. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your iPhone – if it’s not, you can tap the slider at the top of this screen to turn it on.

3. Your iPhone will search for nearby Bluetooth devices. When it finds your controller, you should see its name appear under Other devices – if you are using an official PS4 controller, it will probably be called DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless controller. Tap on it to connect.

Your controller will appear on your iPhone as “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller”.

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4. Wait a minute. Once the controller connects successfully, the controller will be listed under My devices, labeled with the word “Connected.”

Good game ! And if you’re looking for a new game to tackle with your new controls, Apple Arcade has a lot of great options.

How to connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone and play mobile games with a real controller
The iPhone game “Life is Strange”, played with a controller.

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