You can use your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 controller to play games on your iPhone. In this guide we’ll show you how to quickly do that.
If you enjoy playing games on your iPhone and you own a PS4 or PS5, you can use your console’s controller to enhance the experience.
iOS doesn’t support every single PlayStation controller. In order to connect you need to own a DualShock 4 Wireless Controller or the PS5’s DualSense Wireless Controller.
Before you follow the steps below, make sure your controller is running the latest firmware. You can update your controller via USB or via your PC.
- How to Connect PlayStation Controller to iPhone
- How to Customize PlayStation Controller on iPhone
- How to Fix PlayStation Controller iPhone Problems
So with all that out of the way, here’s how to quickly connect a PlayStation Controller to iPhone.
How to Connect PlayStation Controller to iPhone
After you’ve gone ahead and updated your controller and your iPhone with the latest firmware, get them close to each other and follow these instructions:
- First, make sure your PS4 or PS5 controller is powered off.
- Now, press and hold the PS and Share buttons at the same time. You will see a light begin to flash which means the controller is in pairing mode.
- Next, on your iPhone, open up the Bluetooth settings in the Settings app.
- Find your controller on the list of nearby devices and tap it to connect it to your iPhone.
How to Customize PlayStation Controller on iPhone
Once you’ve successfully connected your PS4 or PS5 to your iPhone, you may want to head into your iPhone’s settings to customize your setup. Keep in mind, your iPhone is required to have newer iOS software on board in order to make these changes.
If you want to customize your controller, here’s what you need to do:
- Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Game Controller.
- Tap the name of your controller.
- Tap Default Controls.
While in this menu you can remap your controller’s buttons. You can also set your applications to remember the customizations you make so you don’t have to do this over and over again.
How to Fix PlayStation Controller iPhone Problems
If you’re having issues connecting your PlayStation controller to your iPhone, here are a few potential solutions to try.
If you’re trying to connect a DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to your iPhone and the controller pairs but doesn’t connect, press the PS button on the controller.
You can also try going into your Bluetooth settings on your iPhone to fix connection or pairing issues. Go into your Settings app on you iPhone and tap the i symbol next to your controller’s name. Tap Forget This Device and try again.
We also recommend reducing the number of Bluetooth devices connected to your iPhone. This can help ward off wireless interference.
Apple also notes that support for specific buttons and features varies by controller and the app you’re using with it.
Install iOS 16.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.1.2 update right away.
iOS 16.1.2 doesn't have a whole lot on board, but it does bring important security patches with it. Apple hasn't outlined those changes yet, but the company will do so right here when it's ready.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.