Play games on your iPhone and iPad with your PlayStation Controller

Pair your Playstation Controller with your Apple device.

iPhone and iPad users have a slew of great games to play in the palm of their hands, thanks to Apple Arcade. However, everyone might not be used to using touchscreen controls, preferring to use their PlayStation controller instead. If you ever wanted to connect your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 controller to your iPhone or iPad, then you’re in luck. Connecting a PlayStation Controller to your Apple device is way easier than finding a PS5 and only takes a few steps. Here’s how to use a PS4 or PS5 controller with iPhone and iPad.

How to use a PS4 or PS5 controller with iPhone and iPad

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to your Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Turn it on.

  4. Hold down the center PS button as well as the top-left share button until the controller flashes.

  5. Wait for the Dualsense Controller to appear under Other Devices.

  6. Tap the DualSense Controller to pair with your device.

And you’re connected. You can use your PlayStation Controller with most Apple Arcade games, as well as many other popular standalone titles. You can also pair your PlayStation Controller to the best Apple TV and Mac, so long as it’s running tvOS 14.5 and macOS Big Sur 11.3 respectively.

Customize your controller

If you’re enrolled in the iOS 14.5 public beta test, you can also customize your controller settings. To do so, follow these steps.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to your Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Then tap Game Controller.

You can re-map any button you’d like and even adjust feedback settings, disable screenshots, and disable video clips.

Make your iPhone your play station

A great controller is key to gaming on your iPhone or iPad, and what better controller to use than your PS4 or PS5 controller? You can also follow these steps to connect any of the other great wireless controllers compatible with your Apple devices, so make sure you have the right controller for the occasion.

Old reliable

PlayStation 4 Controller

$60 at Best Buy

Solid foundation

The PS4 controller is an excellent wireless controller, and chances are, you already own one.

New and improved

PlayStation 5 Controller

$70 at Best Buy
$70 at Amazon
$64 at Walmart

Latest and greatest

Even if you can’t find a PS5, you can still use its excellent next-gen controller on your iPhone or iPad.

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