iOS game controls

How to connect a PS4 or Xbox wireless controller to your iPhone or iPad

THE iOS 13 brings great news to anyone who wants to play on the iPhone or iPad using an external controller (also known as a joystick): compatibility with PS4 and Xbox wireless controllers.

Check out in this article how to connect these controls to your device.



It’s been 6 years of the distant iOS 7, which introduced the compatibility of physical game controls into the system. But there was a catch: games should adapt their code to this compatibility, within the MFi standard.

As they are specific controls and need Apple certification, they tend to be very affectionate. In Brazil, one of these hardly comes out for less than R $ 500.

But iOS 13 makes iOS natively compatible with a DualShock 4 or Xbox One S, used on home consoles. With that, either you already use the ones you have at home or buy one for a much more affordable price than the old ones.

How to configure

Configuration is as simple as pairing with the console:


STEP 1 : Open iOS Settings in the Bluetooth menu.


STEP 2 : Activate pairing mode on the controller.

  • on DualShock 4 this is done by pressing the Share button and the PlayStation button for a few seconds
  • on Xbox One S or X, press and hold the connect button at the top of the controller

xbox one controller


STEP 3 : In the iOS Bluetooth menu, the device name should appear. Touch it to connect to your iPhone or iPad.


Ready! Now it can be used in games compatible with MFi controls, such as:


Remembering that this tutorial is only for devices already updated to iOS 13 or later.