With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has added native support for PS4 and Xbox Controllers to the operating system. It makes iPhones and iPads fantastic gaming devices and would greatly improve the gaming experience on them. If you're looking to pair a PS4 or Xbox One controller with your iPhone or iPad, check out this guide.
How to pair PS4 and Xbox controllers with iPhone and iPad
It goes without saying that your iPhone or iPad must be equipped with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, because Apple has added support for PS4 and Xbox controllers starting with this version. The good thing that all games support PS4 and Xbox controllers, which means that the gaming experience on the iPhone and iPad will improve significantly after pairing one of these controllers.
How to pair the PS4 controller with iPhone and iPad
Step 1: activate Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad. Stay on the Bluetooth page in the Settings menu.
Step 2: hold the Share and PS buttons on the PS4 controller for a few seconds. The light bar will start flashing white quickly.
Step 3: on your iPhone or iPad, you should see the "DualShock 4 wireless controller" displayed in the list of Bluetooth devices. Tap it to end the pairing process.
This is all! You managed to pair the PS4 controller with your iPhone or iPad. Now you can start playing using the PS4 controller!
With the app RemotePlay from Sony available on the iOS App Store, your iPhone / iPad will essentially turn into a portable game console after pairing the PS4 controller.
How to pair the Xbox controller with iPhone and iPad
Keep in mind that the Xbox controller must have Bluetooth support. You can easily test this by checking if the Xbox button is a part of the controller face or not. If it does, then that controller has Bluetooth. You can also find a list of all compatible controllers here.
Step 1: activate Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad and stay on the same page.
Step 2: disable the Xbox controller by pressing the Xbox button. Then press the pair button located on the back.
Step 3: the controller should then appear as an "Xbox Wireless Controller" on your iPhone or iPad. Just touch it to complete the pairing process.
Remember that once your PS4 or Xbox controller is connected to an iPhone or iPad, it will not be detected by your console. You will need to pair the controller with your console again. For this, you will need to connect the controller with the console using a microUSB cable.
Playing games like PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt 9 and others will now become easier on your iPhone / iPad after pairing an Xbox or PS4 controller. Apple will open support for PS4 and Xbox controllers and encourage developers to create higher-quality games for the devices. In addition, controller support will also play an important role when Apple's Arcade Apple service is released later this year.