How to pair a DualSense™ wireless controller with  an Apple or Android device

How to pair a DualSense™ wireless controller with an Apple or Android device

If you would like to use your DualSense™ wireless controller with compatible games and applications on an Apple or Android device, you can connect via Bluetooth® in a few steps.

DualSense wireless controller compatible devices

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

  • macOS Big Sur 11.3
  • iOS 14.5
  • iPadOS 14.5
  • tvOS 14.5
  • Android 12

Depending on the device, certain features on the controller might not be available. There is no guarantee that all devices are compatible with the controller. To check which Android devices support the DualSense controller driver, please consult your device's manufacturer.

How to pair a DualSense wireless controller with an Apple or Adroid device

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

  1. Make sure the player indicator on the controller is off.
    If the player indicator is on, press and hold the PS button until it turns off. If a USB is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
  2. While pressing and holding the create button, press and hold the PS Button until the light bar blinks.
  3. Enable Bluetooth on your device, and then seelect the controller from the list of Bluetooth devices.
  4. When pairing is complete, the light bar blinks, and then the player indicator lights up.
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.

DualSense 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 supported device using the PS Remote Play app.

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

Please note, some wireless controller features are not available when connected to a supported device:

  • Haptic feedback.
  • Speaker, Built-in microphone and headphone jack audio connection. 
  • Adaptive triggers (Android only)
  • Light bar (Android only)

Reconnect DualSense wireless controller to PS5™ consoles

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

Need more help with your DualSense wireless controller?

If you have followed the above instructions but believe your controller is not connecting properly, please visit the Fix & Replace diagnostic tool.

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