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In the era of versatile technology, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller transcends its traditional role. It’s no longer merely a gaming attachment for your console. With the necessary knowledge, you can connect it to your smartphone, whether it’s an Android or an iOS device. This expanded functionality allows for an enhanced gaming experience and even managing media playback from your controller. Let’s discuss how to connect a PS4 controller to a phone/
Essentials Setup for How to Connect a PS4 Controller to a Phone
Before we proceed, ensure you have the following:
For Android Users:
PS4 Controller: Charged and ready.
Android Smartphone: Must have Bluetooth functionality.
USB Cable: A USB-A to Micro-USB cable for the initial setup.
For iOS Users:
PS4 Controller: Fully charged.
iPhone/iPad: Your iOS device should have Bluetooth capabilities.
Lightning Cable: A Lightning to USB cable is needed for the first-time connection.
Syncing with an Android Smartphone
- Activate Bluetooth on Your Android Device
To access the settings on your Android phone, please navigate to the Settings app.
Locate and select “Connected devices” or the “Bluetooth” option.
Switch the Bluetooth on.
- Switch the PS4 Controller to Pairing Mode
Simultaneously press and hold your controller’s PS and Share buttons.
A rapid light bar flash signifies that the controller is in pairing mode.
- Pairing with Your Android Phone
In your phone’s Bluetooth settings, scan for new devices.
Choose “Wireless Controller” when it shows up.
The controller is now synced with your Android device.
- Verify the Connection
Launch any game or application that supports controller inputs to confirm the functionality.
Linking to an iOS Device
- Enable Bluetooth on Your iOS Device.
To access your iPhone or iPad settings, open the Settings app.
Tap on the “Bluetooth” setting.
Turn Bluetooth on.
- Enter Pairing Mode on Your PS4 Controller
Hold down the PlayStation button and the Share button together.
The controller’s light bar will flash, indicating pairing mode.
- Syncing with Your iOS Device
To connect your iOS device to Bluetooth, navigate to Bluetooth settings and search for available devices.
Select “Wireless Controller” upon its appearance.
The controller should now be connected to your iOS device.
- Test the Sync
Open a compatible game or app to ensure the controller works correctly with your iOS device.