How to Connect a PlayStation Controller to an iPhone

Play mobile games with a Dualshock 4 controller on your iPhone!

If you've read any of my guides on Howchoo, you know I love a good mobile game. Mobile gaming is a fun way to pass the time, get in some self-care, and get in some gaming time. While the controls for mobile games are always evolving and improving, there are some mobile games that the controls just aren't the best for. Maybe the game is tons of fun, but the controls aren't as intuitive as they could be. Maybe the controls are well-done in-game, but you really prefer the feel and gameplay offered with a controller.

Whatever the case, controllers allow for more accurate and fluid controls when playing your favorite games on your iPhone. I love to play with a controller to get an edge on the competition. Usually, I use a Dualshock 4 controller to play my favorite games on mobile. If you also have an iPhone and want to try out playing your mobile games using a controller, follow these four simple steps and let us know what you think!

Note: These steps were completed using a Dualshock 4 controller versus its predecessors. Also, note that you will need to have iOS 13 before moving forward. If you do not have iOS 13 or later, you will need to update first.

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How to Connect a PlayStation Controller to an iPhone

Before connecting your Playstation 4 controller, you want to check your iPhone settings and make sure that you are set up for success. So, first, we want to follow these steps:

  1. Go to your home screen.
  2. Open the settings application. Usually, this app is in the "utilities" folder.
How to Connect a PlayStation Controller to an iPhone

The setting we need to worry about here is Bluetooth. You will want to make sure Bluetooth is turned on before moving forward. Here's how:

  1. Click Bluetooth.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is on (the toggle to the right of Bluetooth will be green).

It will also say, "on" or "off" to the right of the Bluetooth setting in settings (as pictured).

Once you are sure Bluetooth is on, you are ready to pair your Dualshock 4 controller. There are just a couple buttons you need to press down at the same time to put the controller into pairing mode. Here is how:

  1. Press and hold the ''share" button.
  2. At the same time, press and hold the "PlayStation" button.
  3. Hold them together for about four to five seconds, or until the light starts flashing.
How to Connect a PlayStation Controller to an iPhone

Once the Playstation controller is in pairing mode, you have a window of time to connect the controller to your iPhone. This process is super easy. Here is how to get it done:

  1. Go back to your iPhone settings app.
  2. Click Bluetooth again.
  3. Select "DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller."

It will take a couple of seconds to connect, and then you will see the word "connected" to the right of the DualShock controller. You will also know it is connected because the Dualshock controller light will be pink.

Voila! That is literally it. Your controller is set up, and now you can play all your favorite games on mobile, but with your Playstation controller, you will have a serious one-up on all the competition.

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