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How to Connect Xbox Controller to iPhone



You can connect your Xbox controller to your iPhone to play games. It only takes a few steps to make it work and we’ll show you how to do it in this guide.

If you play a lot of games on your iPhone and you own an Xbox, you may want to try connecting your Xbox controller to your phone to enhance the experience.

Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t support every Xbox controller so you’ll need a newer model if you want to pair it with your iPhone.

The iPhone currently supports the Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth (Model 1708), Xbox Wireless Controller Series S, Xbox Wireless Controller Series X, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Before you take these steps, make sure your Xbox controller is running the latest firmware. You can update your controller wirelessly, via USB, or via your PC.

You’ll also want to make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS 15 or iOS 16. This will ensure you get the best possible experience.

So without further ado, here’s how to quickly connect an Xbox Controller to iPhone.

How to Connect Xbox Controller to iPhone

Once you’ve updated your controller(s) and iPhone with the latest firmware, grab your controller and your iPhone so you can get started.

Hold down the Connect button on the top of your Xbox controller to pair it with your iPhone.

When you have both of those in hand, you will need to pair your Xbox controller with your iPhone via Bluetooth:

  • First, press your controller’s Xbox button to power the controller on.
  • Once the controller is powered on, press and hold the controller’s Connect button for a few seconds. This will put it into pairing mode and will allow your iPhone to find it.
  • 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 Xbox Controller on iPhone

After you’ve successfully connected your Xbox controller to your iPhone, note that you can now customize your controllers settings via iOS. Note that you need to be running newer iOS software on your iPhone in order to make these changes.

If you want to customize your controller, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on General.
  • Tap on Game Controller.
  • Tap the name of your controller.
  • Tap Default Controls.

In here you can remap buttons however you want and you can also get your applications to remember the customizations you make so you don’t have to do it over and over again.

How to Fix Xbox Controller iPhone Problems

Sometimes this process may not work properly. We’ve seen a number of complaints about Xbox controller issues on the iPhone. These problems can be tricky to fix, but here are a few solutions that have worked for us in the past.

If you’re having trouble connecting your controller to your iPhone, go into your Bluetooth settings and tap the i symbol next to its 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.

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