Apple has rolled out the iOS 13 software for iPhones and iPadOS 13 for iPads. The software updates allow users to pair the PS4 or Xbox One controller with their iPhones or iPads to enhance the mobile gaming experience. If you’ve subscribed to the Apple Arcade gaming service, you’d want to use a controller. Dozens of games in the Apple Arcade library work well with either controller.
It’s pretty easy to hook up a PS4 DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller with your iPhone or iPad. The process differs only slightly depending on which controller you have. Let’s check it out:
Step-1: Put your controller in pairing mode
If you own a DualShock 4 controller, press and hold the Share button on the left of the touchpad. Then press the PlayStation button. The LED light bar should start blinking now, which indicates that the controller is in pairing mode.
If you have a wireless Xbox One controller, you have to first turn on the controller by holding down the Xbox button in the middle. When it lights up, press the pairing button on the top of the controller near the left trigger. The Xbox logo would start blinking when the controller is ready to pair.
Step-2: Pair your iPhone or iPad
Now that your controller is in pairing mode, follow these steps to connect it with your iPhone or iPad:
- Launch the Settings app on your device
- Tap the Bluetooth option
- Under Other Devices, you’ll see ‘DUALSHOCK4 Wireless Controller’ or ‘Xbox Wireless Controller’ depending on the controller you have
- Tap on the option that applies to you
- Once connected, the Xbox One controller’s middle button will stop blinking. The DualShock 4 controller’s light bar would turn pink
Now that you have paired your iPhone or iPad with a controller, start playing your favorite games. The latency is barely noticeable. When you want to disconnect them, go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iDevice, tap on the information icon and then Disconnect.
To connect it again in the future, all you have to do is press the Xbox button on Microsoft’s controller or the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4 controller.