How to Connect a PS4 Controller to iPhone

iOS 13 will bring this much-wanted feature to your favorite pocket gaming device

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As iPhone games become more robust, with many even rivaling console titles in terms of visuals and gameplay, it can be tricky to have an enjoyable experience without using an external controller. Thankfully, you can learn how to connect a PS4 controller to your iPhone, and it can be done rather easily. 

You must be running iOS 13 or later to take advantage of this functionality. At the time of publication this version of iOS was only available as a public beta, with the official release slated for late 2019. For information on how to install iOS 13 beta, please visit Apple’s Beta Software Program.

How to Pair a PS4 Controller to iPhone

If you've never thought to pair your PS4 controller with your iPhone, don't feel bad; it's not something you'd automatically think to do. However, you can do it, and the process is pretty simple.

PS4’s standard DualShock controllers are officially supported, but you can also try third-party PS4 controllers with the understanding that they may not pair and function as expected.

  1. On your PS4 controller, press and hold the PS button (the one with the PlayStation logo on it) and the Share button simultaneously until the Light Bar on the controller begins blinking.

  2. Your controller is now ready to pair. You should notice a new entry on your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings screen, located in the Other Devices section. If you’re using a default PS4 controller, tap DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.

  3. If pairing is successful, the PS4 controller listing should to the My Devices section and be accompanied by the word "Connected." Your PS4 controller is now connected to your iPhone and can be used with any iOS apps that support it.

    Dualshock Wireless controller before and after connection via Bluetooth to an iPhon

What iPhone Games Can I Play With My PS4 Controller?

Since this functionality is still in its infancy, the number of App Store titles compatible with your PS4 controller is limited, though this list will undoubtedly grow as time goes on. That said, some popular iPhone games like Fortnite do seem to respond fairly well to the controller. 

Can I Play PS4 Games on My iPhone?

Yes! And now that you’ve paired a PS4 controller with your iPhone it’s a match made in gaming heaven.

Because of the unavoidable lag that comes with wirelessly streaming PS4 games to an iPhone, your experience with some graphics and speed-intensive games may be less than ideal at times. 

  1. Download and install PS4 Remote Play from the App Store.

  2. Turn on your PS4 and confirm it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Your iPhone and PS4 must be on the same Wi-Fi network to take advantage of this functionality.

  3. Open PS4 Remote Play on your iPhone.

  4. Tap Start.

  5. Enter the email address and password associated with your PlayStation account.

    Get button, Start button, Sign-In field in PS4 Remote Play app
  6. Tap Sign In.

  7. The app will now attempt to locate your PS4. This process can take a few minutes, so be patient. 

  8. Once located, the app will first register, then connect to your console. 

  9. If your Wi-Fi signal is too weak or your connection speed is not fast enough for Remote Play, the process will be halted and you'll receive a message telling you so.

    Searching, Connecting to the PS4 messages in PS4 Remote Play app

    You can try some PS4 troubleshooting methods to boost signal strength and resolve this roadblock.

  10. After you’ve successfully connected your iPhone to the console you’ll be presented with the standard PS4 interface in split-view mode, accompanied by a touchscreen controller. Select a game as you normally would on your PS4, using your physical controller to navigate.

    If you’re not clear on what all of these buttons do on your PS4 controller. Check out Sony’s official DualShock 4 Wireless Controller manual for more details. 

  11. Once the game launches, rotate your iPhone horizontally to Landscape Mode so most of the on-screen buttons disappear and the majority of your iPhone’s display is utilized for the game itself. 

    Neverwinter game from PS4 displayed on iPhone with control overlay