How to connect a PS4 controller to your Android phone or tablet to play games with it

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It’s easy to connect a PS4 controller you your Android device. George Dolgikh/Shutterstock


Mobile games have become one of the most popular forms of gaming, with millions of Android users playing each day.

But did you know that it’s possible to play games on your Android using your PlayStation 4 controller? It’s true – and it’s not as tricky as it sounds.

Here’s how to connect a PS4 controller to your Android phone or tablet.

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How to connect PS4 controller to Android

In order to set up a PS4 controller with your Android mobile device, you’ll need to make sure the PS4 controller is set to pairing mode. To do this, your PlayStation 4 and PS4 controller must both be off.

1. To set your PS4 controller to pairing mode, press and hold on the PS button and the Share button at the same time. When done properly, the light on the back of the controller will start to flash.

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The back of the controller will flash blue. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

2. To pair your PS4 controller with your Android device, Bluetooth must be enabled on your Android. Swipe your finger downward from the top of your screen to pull open the quick selection menu, then tap and hold the Bluetooth icon.

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Hold your finger down on the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth menu. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

3. With Bluetooth enabled, “Wireless Controller” should be one of the options in the “Available devices” menu. If you can’t see “Wireless Controller” as one of the options, tap “Scan” at the top of the screen. Tap on “Wireless Controller” when it appears.

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Turn on Bluetooth and connect. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

4. Tap “OK” to finish pairing your PS4 controller with your Android device.

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Confirm that you want to connect. Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

Keep in mind that not all mobile games are compatible with the PS4 controller.

Once you’re ready to switch back over to your PlayStation 4, you will need to turn off Bluetooth on your Android device, and pair the PS4 controller with the PS4 system once more.

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