You can finally utilize the same game controllers you already own. After a long wait, the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now support PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers as well as some Xbox One controller models. These controllers are also extremely simple to set up, as demonstrated below.
The Sony DualShock 4 will be paired with an iPhone or iPad in this story. All you need is an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or later, as well as any model of cordless DualShock 4 PlayStation 4 controller.
Here’s how to get involved.
How to Connect a DualShock 4 to an iPhone or iPad
- Start up the Settings app.
- Bluetooth should be selected. Bluetooth should be turned on by now, but if it isn’t, toggle the Bluetooth toggle at the top of the next page to green.
- While its Bluetooth menu is still open, take out your DualShock 4 controller and charge it.
- Hold down the PlayStation button and the Share button at the same time for a few seconds. The light on the back of your DualShock 4 should begin to flash infrequently.
- In the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone or iPad, you should see “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” appear under Other Devices. Press the button.
- Your DualShock 4’s backlight must quickly change to a reddish-pink color. Your DualShock 4 is now connected.
How to Unplug Your DualShock 4 From Your iPhone or iPad
Here’s how to turn off the DualShock 4 after you’ve finished playing with it. To use the controller, simply press and hold the PlayStation button for 10 seconds. The most convenient method on the iPhone is to use the Control Center.
- Swipe diagonally from the upper right of your screen to the lower left to access the Control Center on a Face ID-compatible iPhone. Swipe up from the bottom of the display on a Touch ID-compatible iPhone.
- Keep your finger on the blue Bluetooth icon.
- In the menu that appears, press and hold the Bluetooth: On icon.
- The option that appears should be “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller.” When you press it, your controller will instantaneously disconnect.
Here’s another (slightly less convenient) method:
- Launch the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
- “DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller” will appear under My Devices. A letter I within a blue circle can be found to the right. Press the button.
- Disconnect from the menu that appears. The controller should be turned off immediately.
When you want to use the controller again, simply press the DualShock 4’s PlayStation button, and it should work right away.
If you have the DualShock 4 in your bag, it’s possible that it will turn on by accident. If you’re going on a trip, simply unpair the device and re-pair it whenever you want to play. It doesn’t take long, as you can see above.
To unpair, a DualShock 4, simply follow the steps above, but instead of Disconnect, select “Forget This Device.”
This is where we learn how to connect a PS4 controller to an iPad.