Playing games is a leisurely activity that many people relish. With AR, VR, and many such technological miracles, gamers get to play the best of games anywhere, anytime.
Controllers are one such tech accessories whose absence creates visible hurdles for gamers.
The PS4 controllers, for instance, are the most sought-after controllers, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that many gamers want to use them with devices other than PlayStation – namely the iPad.
Even though it took a long time, the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV finally support PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers (including a few Xbox One controllers)
Setting up such controllers is super easy, as you will see below.
Remember that the iPad you wish to connect with should be running iPadOS 13 or later. As for the controller, and PlayStation 4 model of wireless DualShock 4 controller will work. Of course, the PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller is supported.
Moreover, all these steps and settings are similar for the iPhone should you want to game on it with a PS4 controller.
How to Connect PS4 Controller to iPad
Below are the step-by-step instructions to follow when you want to connect a PS4 Controller to your iPad:
Step 1: Launch Settings.
Step 2: Click on Bluetooth and turn it on if it isn’t already.
Step 3: Take your PS4 controller. Ensure it’s fully charged.
Step 4: Press the PlayStation button and the Share button simultaneously and keep pressing them down for a few seconds. The light on the back of your controller should start flashing.
Step 5: In the Bluetooth setting of your iPad, you should see ‘DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller’ under ‘Other Devices.’ Tap on it. The light on the back of the controller should switch to a reddish-pink color immediately. Your PS4 controller is now paired with your iPad.
How to disconnect the PS4 Controller from your iPad
If you want to disconnect the PS4 Controller from your iPad when you’re done playing, there are two ways to do so.
Method 1: PS4 – On your PS4 controller, you’ll need to hold down the PlayStation button for 10 seconds.
Method 2: iPad – Go to your Control Center > Press and hold down on the Bluetooth icon > Press and hold down the icon in the menu that pops up that says Bluetooth > Turn it on > Click on the ‘DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller’ in the options that pop up.
Method 3: Go to the Settings app and tap on Bluetooth > You’ll see ‘DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller’ under ‘My DEVICES’ > Now click on the “i” letter circled in blue to the right > Click on ‘Disconnect’ in the menu that pops up.
Best iPadOS Games With Controller Support (2022)
Following are many of the iPadOS games that are compatible with a PS4 controller:
Asphalt 8: Airborne, Asphalt 9: Legends, Among Us, Brawlhalla, Castlevania: Symphony of Night, Call of Duty Mobile, Chronology – Dead Cells, Deluxe Edition, Flipping Legend, Gangstar Vegas, Genshin Impact, GTA San Andreas, Interloper, It’s Full of Sparks, Jetpack Joyride, Life Is Strange, Limbo, Lineage 2: Revolution, NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition, Sky: The Children of Light, Stardew valley, Xenowerk, etc.
Can you use the PS4 controller on the iPad?
Yes, you can use your PS4 wireless controller to play games on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using the PS4 Remote Play app. You can also use the controller to play games on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV that support MFi controllers.
Why won’t my PS4 controller connect to my iPad?
If your PS4 controller cannot connect to an iPad, you should try and unpair it and then pair it again. If you still can’t connect or pair, you restart your iPad. If this still doesn’t work, you should get help pairing the Bluetooth accessory to your iPad. If your DualShock 4 Wireless Controller pairs, but there’s a ‘Connection Unsuccessful’ notification, you will have to press the PS button in the middle of the controller and wait for it to connect.
This is how you can connect the PS4 Controller to the iPad.
PS4 are one of the best controllers, and, predictably, people would want to use it with their other devices or other platforms.
If you have had a controller and want to use it on your new iPad, you can try it out thanks to the iOS 13 and iPadOS updates.
All the PS4 and PS5 controllers can be paired with your iPad and even iPhone (iOS 13 and later).