So you can connect your PlayStation controller to the iPad or iPhone — 2022

With the arrival of Apple Arcade both the iPad and the iPhone are gaining quite a lot of weight in the world of video games, but unfortunately the gameplay is not the most correct as it does not have a keyboard, a mouse or a controller. This is why Apple decided to enable compatibility with third-party controls such as the PlayStation. In this article how to connect it to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Set the bonding mode on the PlayStation controller

The first step to be able to connect a PlayStation controller to any device is to put it in the 'link' mode. This is something extremely typical that all the controls have to make themselves visible to the rest of the devices. When the command is new and you want to connect to the console in a traditional way, it is a task that must be done yes or yes. But if you already have the controller linked to the console and you want to link it to your iPhone, iPad or Apple, you have to put it in this mode. To put it in this visible mode, follow these steps:

PS4 controller



  1. Take the PlayStation controller and press and hold the PS button that you will find in the central part between the joysticks. At the same time you have to press the 'Share' button for 10 seconds.
  2. You will know that you have carried out these steps correctly if the remote turns off and a white light begins to flash very often.

In this simple way, the command will be visible to all the devices around it. Below you will see how it can be easily linked to your Apple ecosystem.

Connect PlayStation controller to iPad

The iPad is undoubtedly one of the ideal devices to take advantage of this function. You have a screen of considerable size with very good speakers that will make you enjoy a great gaming experience. In addition, the fact of having a screen of considerable size makes it very uncomfortable to play with touch controls for obvious reasons. The rest of the iPad tires our arms quickly, making it better to have it propped up on a surface and use the Play's controller as a remote control.

In order to pair the controller, follow these steps:

Connect PS4 iPad controller

  1. Go into Settings.
  2. Go to the 'Bluetooth' section.
  3. At the bottom you will see the name of your command on which you will have to press. At the moment the control light will change from white to blue or red.

From this moment you can play any game compatible with the connected controller to start enjoying it. Keep in mind that not all games are compatible with this system. To unpair the remote, simply follow these steps and unpair it like any other accessory.

Connect PlayStation controller to iPhone

In the case of the iPhone, even if you don't have an excessively large screen, you can also enjoy incredible games. It is ideal especially if we travel by public transport or want to spend downtime. The iPhone can be placed anywhere, take out the controller of the Play and start enjoying an incredible game.

The pairing process is very similar to the one you followed with the iPad. You simply have to follow the following steps:

Connect PS4 iPhone controller

  1. Go into Settings.
  2. Go to 'Bluetooth'.
  3. At the bottom, you will see all the devices that are not paired. Select the Dualshock controller that will appear.

From then on whenever you turn on the PlayStation controller it will default to pairing with the iPhone. This is why we are facing a process that you do once and never again until you need it to connect to another device.

Connect PlayStation controller to Apple TV

The Apple TV is evolving in a very good way, and although it was conceived to turn a television into a smart one, it can be used as a video game console. In this case you can enjoy an extremely large screen, depending on your television or monitor, as if it were a PlayStation. Although you can use the Apple TV controller itself to play, it is much more comfortable to use the PlayStation controller. To make the pairing in this case, follow these steps:

  1. Go on the Apple TV to 'Settings'.
  2. Click on 'Controls and devices' and then on 'Bluetooth'.
  3. Wait for the Apple TV to search for the devices and click on the remote.
  4. You will know that it is connected, if a command message connected appears in the upper right corner.

From then on, all games can be played with this PS controller for an incredible experience.

What games can you play with a controller?

As we have mentioned before, there are many games that are compatible with these controls certified by Apple but not all. Whenever we enter the information page of a game in the App Store, if you go to the description of the game, the developer specifies among the features if they are compatible with the MFi controller. Here comes the PS4 and Xbox controller.

In the case of Apple Arcade games, the vast majority are compatible with controllers. As soon as you enter the file of a specific game on the service, you will see a series of characteristics at the top such as gender, recommended age and also if it is compatible with MFi controllers.

Most common problems

Sometimes the pairing process can have some problems. One of the most common is that the remote does not enter the pairing mode, something that may be due to the fact that it has no charge, so you always have to have them charged.

In the event that the Bluetooth does not recognize the controller, you must always connect and disconnect the connection to reestablish it. If this does not work, restarting the device can also be a very good option to solve these types of problems when connecting a controller to iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

But as we say, it is something truly strange that this pairing process makes an error. It is true that some games may end up crashing because of this connection, but with updates by the developers they are errors that are being solved.