Sony’s PlayStation 5 is the latest gaming console to hit the market and its DualSense controller has got advanced features too, such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that make gameplay more immersive. However, many people don’t know that you can also use the the PS5 controller to play games on your iPhone.
This article is designed to provide you with clear and concise instructions on how to connect your PS5 DualSense controller to your iPhone, making it effortless for you to play your favorite games on your mobile device.
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is updated
To ensure compatibility with the DualSense controller, it’s crucial to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS before beginning the connection process. Older versions of iOS may not be compatible with the controller.
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To ensure your iPhone runs on the latest software version, you can easily update it by navigating to Settings, selecting General, and finally choosing Software Update.
If there is an update available, tap Download and Install. Your iPhone will automatically download and install the update; you may need to enter your passcode to proceed.
Step 2: Put the DualSense controller into pairing mode
The next step is to put the DualSense controller into pairing mode.
Hold down the PS button and Create (or share) buttons together on your DualSense controller to initiate the pairing process. The light bar will start flashing, indicating that the controller is in pairing mode.
The Create button is a new button on the DualSense controller that replaces the Share button on the DualShock 4.
Step 3: Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone
Once your DualSense controller is in pairing mode, you’ll need to activate Bluetooth on your iPhone. To enable Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle the switch to the On position. Your iPhone will start searching for available Bluetooth devices automatically. Ensure your DualSense controller is close to your iPhone and the light bar is still flashing.
Step 4: Connect the DualSense controller to your iPhone
Once your iPhone has detected the DualSense controller, it will appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices. Please tap on the DualSense controller to connect to it.
Your iPhone will now connect to the DualSense controller, and the light bar on the controller will stop flashing and remain lit. You can now use your DualSense controller to play games on your iPhone.
Step 5: Test the connection
Once you’ve successfully connected your DualSense controller to your iPhone, testing the connection is highly recommended to ensure that everything is functioning correctly.
Open a game on your iPhone that supports game controllers, such as Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite, or Asphalt 9: Legends.
Once you have opened the game, ensure your DualSense controller is still connected to your iPhone. If it is, you should be able to use the controller to play the game. Test all of the controller’s buttons and features to ensure everything is working correctly.
If you experience any connection issues or the controller is not responding correctly, you may need to repeat the connection process from the beginning.
Tips for using the DualSense controller with your iPhone
- Charge the controller: The DualSense controller has a built-in rechargeable battery, so make sure you charge it before using it with your iPhone. You can charge the controller using a USB cable connected to your PlayStation 5 console or any other USB charging port.
- Customize the controller: You can customize the DualSense controller using the PlayStation App on your iPhone. The app allows you to change the controller’s button assignments, adjust the trigger and stick sensitivity, and more.
- Check for game compatibility: Not all games on the App Store support game controllers. It’s essential to remember that the App Store doesn’t support game controllers for every game. Therefore it’s crucial to check the compatibility before connecting one to your iPhone. While many popular games like Call of Duty Mobile and Fortnite do support game controllers, some games may have a different feature. You can check the App Store listing for the game to see if it supports game controllers. If a game does support game controllers, you may need to adjust the controller settings to get the best experience. Most games allow you to adjust the sensitivity of the triggers and sticks, which can make a big difference in how the game feels.
- By utilizing Remote Play, you can stream your PlayStation 5 games to your iPhone and use your DualSense controller to play your preferred titles, regardless of your location relative to your console. To enjoy this feature, you must download the PlayStation Remote Play app on your iPhone and set up your PlayStation 5 console for Remote Play. After completing these steps, connect your DualSense controller to your iPhone, and you’ll be ready to play PlayStation 5 games on your mobile device.
- Take care of your controller: The DualSense controller is a precision instrument, and you should ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Avoid dropping the controller or exposing it to extreme temperatures, and store it safely when not in use.