How to Remote Play PS4 Games on Android

Enjoy your games wherever you are

One of the greatest strengths of the Nintendo Switch console is the ability to seamlessly switch between playing video games on your big screen TV and a handheld device. But did you know Sony has a similar feature? If you want to take your PlayStation games on the go, you can with the official Sony PS4 Remote Play app for Android, iOS, and PC/Mac. You can start playing on the TV, pause, then resume exactly where you left off on a mobile device. Here's what you need to know to get started.

PS4 Remote Play Requirements

To use the PS4 Remote Play feature, you need:

  • A PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro console.
  • A compatible mobile device (more on that below).
  • The free PS4 Remote Play app.
  • A wireless Dualshock 4 controller.
  • At least 5Mbps broadband internet (Sony recommends 12Mbps via a LAN cable for the best experience).
  • A compatible PS4 game.

Since your phone and PS4 have to be on the same WiFi network, Remote Play won't work when you're away from home and your console.

Which Mobile Devices Are Compatible with PS4 Remote Play?

If you want to stream PS4 games to your mobile device, you must have one of the following:

  • An Android smartphone or tablet running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or greater. People using Android 10 or higher can connect to a Dualshock 4 wireless controller via Bluetooth.
  • An Apple device running iOS 12.1 or greater. People running iOS 12.1 or higher can play games using touch controls. Devices running iOS 13 or higher also get Dualshock 4 support via Bluetooth.
  • Any desktop or laptop computer running Windows 8 or 10, or macOS 10.12 or later. Mac devices running macOS Catalina 10.15* can use a Dualshock via Bluetooth.

How to Set up Your PlayStation 4 for Remote Play

The first step to toward using the PlayStation 4's remote play feature is to enable it in the console's settings.

  1. Turn on your PlayStation 4.

  2. Navigate to the Settings menu.

  3. Scroll down to Remote Play Connection Settings.

    Screenshot of the PlayStation 4's settings with Remote Play Connection Settings highlighted
  4. Make sure Enable Remote Play is checked—you can toggle the option on or off with the X button on your controller.

    Screenshot of the PS4's Remote Play Connection Settings

How to Download and Set Up the PS4 Remote Play App

Now that your Playstation is ready to stream, you must download the PS4 Remote Play app from the Google Play Store or the App Store. Once the app is downloaded, follow these instructions:

  1. Launch the PS4 Remote Play app on your mobile device.

  2. Press the blue Start button. The app will search for your PS4.

    The PS4 Remote Play App is ready to search for a console
  3. Next, you need to sign in to your PlayStation account. If you have multiple accounts, make sure you sign in with the same account used on your console. If you use 2-factor authentication, you need to verify your account as well.

  4. Once you sign into the service, the app searches for a console on the same WiFi network. This can take several minutes.

    At this time, your PlayStation must be turned on and you must be signed in to your user profile.

  5. Alternatively, you can register your PS4 by entering a code manually. You can find this code on your PlayStation by going to Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Add Device.

    The PS4 displays a code for registering a console manually with the PS4 Remote Play app
  6. Once your console is registered, you can begin streaming your favorite games.

    A digital approximation of the Dualshock controller appears in the PS4 Remote Play app

Troubleshooting Problems

If you can't properly connect to your PlayStation 4 from your mobile device, here are a few things you can try:

  • Network Connection: If your PlayStation has trouble communicating with your smartphone or tablet, make sure both devices have a strong connection and are on the same network.
  • PlayStation Settings: Check your PlayStation's settings, and ensure the Remote Play functionality is enabled using the steps provided in this tutorial.
  • PlayStation Account: Be sure you're signed into the same Sony PlayStation account on both your console and mobile device.
  • Restart: If all else fails, attempt to restart both your mobile device and your console and see if the issue clears up.

PS4 Remote Play Android Hack

A modification of the original PS4 Remote Play app from Sony is currently available on the internet and it claims to provide functionality for all Android smartphones. We recommend against downloading any unofficial apps from outside the Google Play Store to avoid the possibility of malevolent malware.

Additionally, our team tested the PS4 Remote Play hack and were unable to get the modified software running as Sony has released an update, crippling its functionality for the time being.