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How to use the PS4 controller on an Android phone or tablet

How to use the PS4 controller on an Android phone or tablet

DualShock 4 works very well on Android devices

The controller for the Sony PlayStation 4, Dualshock 4, is one of the most popular gamepad at the moment. This is even a great controller for people without a PlayStation console, because it can also be used with gaming PCs and Android devices. That’s right, you can play Fortnite, Minecraft, and many other titles on your mobile with physical controls with the PlayStation 4 controller.

In this guide, we will show you how to set up DS4 with your Android phone or tablet, plus a few tips to improve the gaming experience.

How to connect to DualShock 4

There are two ways you can connect DualShock 4 to your Android phone. Like the original PlayStation console, the controller supports direct Bluetooth and USB connections. Bluetooth is the easiest choice, but USB might be preferred for long gaming sessions, because your cellphone can provide a stable charge to the DS4.

Bluetooth

DualShock 4 can connect to your cellphone via a Bluetooth connection, as is the case with the usual PlayStation console. First, hold the PlayStation and Share buttons on your controller until the backlight bar starts blinking white. This puts DS4 into pairing mode.

Next, open the Bluetooth option in your phone’s Settings application, and select the option to pair a new device. Tap DualShock 4 in the list (it might only appear as ‘Wireless Controller’), confirm pairing if you get a popup, and you’re done. Very simple.

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When you finish playing the game, you can disconnect the DualShock 4 on the Bluetooth settings to turn it off, or just hold the PlayStation button for about 10 seconds.

Wired USB

If you prefer to use a cable connection, you can do that too – all you need is the correct cable or adapter to connect your DualShock 4 to the port on your phone or tablet. There are several options for doing this.

If your phone or tablet has a microUSB port, shaped like the one on your DualShock 4 controller, then you should buy an OTG adapter like this one. They give your device a full size USB port, which you can then use to plug in DualShock 4 with the included power cable (or other microUSB cable).

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If your device has a USB Type-C connector instead, you have two main options. You can use a USB Type-C adapter, which allows you to connect DualShock 4 using an existing power cable, or you can buy a USB Type-C cable to microUSB, so you don’t have to deal with an adapter at all. There is no functional difference between the two choices, both of them will give you a low latency connection.

DualShock 4 will start working automatically when connected via USB – no additional settings needed. Just plug and play.

How to use DualShock 4 on Android

The modern version of Android has great integration with DualShock 4, so you can navigate on your phone or tablet without touching the screen. This is what every control does when it is paired to an Android device:

  • TouchPad: Move the mouse cursor around on the screen, click or tap to press the mouse. Use two fingers to scroll up / down, like on a laptop touchpad.
  • PlayStation Button: Takes you home.
  • ◯ Button: Takes you back.
  • △ Button: Type a space.
  • ◻ Button: Acts as the Delete button.
  • X Option Button / Button: Acts as the Enter key.
  • Left Joystick / D-Pad: Change the highlighted application on the home screen, move the cursor position in text, etc.

But you don’t go through all these problems to scroll through emails with DualShock 4, you want to play games. Although there are many Android games that work with physical controllers, there are some that might not support the DS4 dual joystick. Below are a few titles that should at least partially work with DualShock, depending on the version of Android you have.
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If you also have PlayStation 4, the official Sony Remote Play application is specifically designed for DualShock 4. This is definitely something worth trying once your controller works.

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Finally, it might be a good idea to buy Nyko Smart Clip or OIVO Mount if you plan to use the DualShock controller with your phone regularly. Setting up your phone to play a game can be boring after a while.

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