Pair DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller with other devices

Pair DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller with PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices

If you would like to use your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller with compatible games and applications away from your PS4™ console, you can connect via Bluetooth® in a few steps.

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth compatible devices

Devices using the operating systems listed below or later support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth connections. Once connected, you can use your wireless controller to control compatible games and applications via Bluetooth.

  • Android™ 10
  • iOS 13
  • iPadOS 13
  • macOS Catalina
  • tvOS 13

You can connect a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a Windows PC using a DUALSHOCK®4 USB wireless adaptor or a compatible micro USB cable. 

Step 1: Turn on DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller pairing mode

To use a controller on a device for the first time, turn on pairing mode:

  1. Make sure that the light bar on the controller is off.
    If the light bar is on, press and hold the PS button until it turns off. If a USB cable is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
  2. While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS Button until the light bar flashes.

Step 2: Connect DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller via Bluetooth

  1. On your device, go to Bluetooth settings and enable Bluetooth.
  2. Select scan for new devices and then select the controller from the list of devices.
    When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid colour.

A controller can be paired with only one device at a time. Each time you change devices you must pair the controller with the new device.

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller compatible games and applications

You can use your wireless controller to play games streamed from your PS5™ console or PS4™ console to your compatible device using the PS Remote Play app.

Your wireless controller can also be used to play games that support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers. 

If you are connecting a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a compatible Sony Xperia device, all functions are available. 

For other devices, some wireless controller features are not available when connected via Bluetooth:

  • Touchpad is not supported.
  • The colour of the light bar cannot be changed. 
  • Rumble, motion sensor and headphone jack audio connection are not supported. 

Reconnect DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to your console

To reconnect your wireless controller to your PS5 console or PS4 console, connect it with a compatible USB cable and press the PS button on the wireless controller. You can then remove the USB cable and use the controller wirelessly.

Need more help with your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller?

If you have followed the above instructions but believe that your controller is not connecting properly, please visit the PlayStation Repairs diagnostic tool.

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