PlayStation 4 - Use Your SmartPhone as a Keyboard

October 2016

Do you find it difficult to type text on PlayStation 4 using the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller? Then you are not the only one. At the end of this tutorial you should be able to type like a pro on your PlayStation4. Rest assured we won't ask you to purchase additional hardware; instead we will make use a device that most likely you already possess and use in your everyday life.

How to use your Android or iOS device as a keyboard for your PlayStation 4

First you need to make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On your PS4, simply go to Settings > Network > Set Up Internet Connection and from there select your WiFi network and authenticate using the right WEP/WAP key. The next step is to download and install the free PlayStation®App on your smartphone or tablet. Android users can download it HERE on the Google Play Store. As for iOS, the app can be downloaded Here on the AppStore.

Once installed you simply have to pair your smartphone with your console. Make sure your PlayStation is powered on (not in standby mode) and connected to your WiFi network.

On your phone, launch the PlayStation app and accept the user agreement. While you are in the main menu tap on Profile and sign-in with your PSN account (username and password). Go back to the main menu tap on Connect to PS4 and wait for the app to detect your console.

Back to your PlayStation 4, go to Settings > PlayStation® App Connection Settings. Select Add Device and a 8 digit code will be generated. You will need to insert this code on the PlayStation App on you mobile device.

Back to the Connect to PS4 screen of the PlayStation App, select your console and enter the code when prompted. Tap on Send to complete the pairing procedure.

Once the devices are paired, look for an option called Second Screen in the PlayStation App. This option allows you to use your phone as a controller to navigate through the menus of your PlayStation.

The keyboard icon located at the top of the Second Screen menu allows you to trigger the touch keyboard of your smartphone each time you need to enter text on your PlayStation. Simply switch to landscape mode to take advantage of a full QWERTY keyboard.

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