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How To Use a PS4 Controller on an Android Device

Posted by Arch on June 1, 2019
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Mobile gaming is on the rise these days. Even though mobile phones and tablets don’t have the biggest screen, it turns out that the ability to play video games anywhere is just too big of a benefit to pass up on. Gaming brands realized this, which is why they started making wireless gamepads with Bluetooth support that also work with Android devices.

Since your fingers usually cover up certain parts of the screen, you’ve probably wondered if there’s a way to play video games on your device that does not include tapping the screen all the time. If you have a newer PlayStation 4 controller and a device that runs on Android, you will find that not only you can but it’s also very easy.

Doing the Work

Even if you don’t have a PlayStation 4, you can buy a PS4 controller as it’s compatible with more than its host console. However, make sure to look up if your Android device is compatible with this controller. Not all of them are.

Assuming that your phone is compatible, here’s how you should proceed:

  1. Press and hold the PlayStation button and the Share button simultaneously on your PS4 controller. A flashing light in the back of the controller signals that it’s entered pairing mode.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your Android Swipe down from the top of the screen and you’ll see the Bluetooth icon.
  3. If your controller doesn’t connect automatically, press the little arrow next to Bluetooth. This will take you to the list of available devices.
  4. Select your controller. Its name should be Wireless Controller. After tapping on it, wait for the controller’s light to stop flashing and become solid.

There is one more way to connect your Android device with your controller. You might find it especially useful if you’re using an older version of Android:

  1. Find Settings. That’s usually located in the Apps menu or on the Home screen.
  2. Find Bluetooth. You may have to go into Connections or a similar menu first to locate Bluetooth.
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  3. Turn on Bluetooth on your device, and then turn on the controller’s pairing mode (see step 1 of the main method).
  4. There should be a Scan (or Refresh on some devices) button. It’s usually in the top right corner. Press it to find the controller.
  5. Look for your controller in the Available devices list. Select it to begin pairing. It will appear in the Paired devices list.

As you might know, you only have to do this once. After that, you only have to turn on Bluetooth on both devices and they shall connect. If they don’t, go through these steps again and you’re golden!

Additionally, you should check whether a particular game has an option for receiving input commands from an external device.

Possible Issues

Again, not all Android devices are compatible with the PS4 controller. Even if yours is compatible, you might encounter some additional issues. There’s a chance the controller starts lagging or having a very bad reaction time because of an unstable Bluetooth connection.

There’s an app “Bluetooth Auto Connect” (available on the Play Store) that solves this problem. You can download it for free. Make sure you’ve already connected your device with the controller. Then start the app and do the following:

  1. Find Advanced Options. Once inside, enable Debug.
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  2. Back in the main menu, enable the Events you need.
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  3. Go to Devices and make sure your device is connected. Your Wireless Controller will appear in the app.

how to use a ps4 contoller on android

Another well-known issue is the controls since they can’t be manually adjusted. There’s an app Multilanguage Key Redefiner which can help you play with the controls. However, its development has been stopped as it isn’t stable on newer versions of Android. If you want to give it a shot, download it here and make sure your devices are connected before running it.

What’s the Verdict?

The PlayStation 4 controller is quite easy to connect to an Android device. People have even come up with solutions to all the known problems, increasing the number of successful connections. At the end of the day, if you can’t get it to work, you can try a wired connection with an adapter like this one.

Did you manage to use a PS4 controller with your Android device? If there’s anything else that you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments!

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