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Connect a PS4 or Xbox One controller to an iPad or iPhone


Since the recent iOS 13 update, it is now possible to connect a wireless PS4 or Xbox One controller to an iPad or iPhone. Here is how it’s done.




Gamers who own an iPhone or an iPad with iOS 13 are now able to enjoy Apple Arcade, a subscription-based gaming service with over a hundred games already available. As a bonus, users can now connect and play via a bluetooth enabled PS4 or Xbox One controller. Up until recently this was not possible, or at least it was very difficult to do so, but now you will be able to use your console controller with all compatible games.

Verify that the game is compatible



After selecting a game, scroll down through the description. At the bottom there will be a controller icon, this indicates whether the game is compatible or not.

Verify the compatibility of an Xbox One controller

The only compatible controller is model no. 1708, which came with the Xbox One S in 2016. Unfortunately, gamers with previous models will not be able to use them as they are lacking bluetooth capabilities.

Verify the compatibility of a PS4 controller

According to Apple, the only non compatible model is the CUH-ZCT1U. It was one of the first models packaged with the PS4 in 2013. If your console is more recent then you should have no issue connecting. If you have any doubts, you can check the model no. of your controller on the sticker at the back, beneath the bar code.

Pairing an Xbox One controller

  • Open the settings menu of the iPhone, click on Bluetooth and make sure it is activated.
  • Turn on the controller by holding the Xbox button, the press the Connect button on the front edge of the controller for 3 seconds.
  • Return to your iPhone, Xbox Wireless Controller should have appeared in the Connecting to other devices section.
  • Click Xbox Wireless Controller to connect. This will now be available in the list of connected devices.
  • To cancel the pairing, click on the blue i button next to the name and then on Forget this device.

Pairing a PS4 controller

  • Open the settings menu of the iPhone, click on Bluetooth and make sure it is activated.
  • Turn on the controller by pressing the PS button. When turned on, press the PS button and the Share button simultaneously until the light bar turns white and blinks.
  • Return to your iPhone, DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller should have appeared in the Connecting to other devices section.
  • Click DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller to connect the controller. This will now be available in the list of connected devices.
  • To cancel pairing, click on the blue i button next to the name and then on Forget this device.


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