The new consoles are finally out, and if you are lucky enough to illuminate one, you are now the proud owner of the new controllers. This may not be the first question you ask, but ultimately, you want to know: Will the PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers work on my smartphone?
The short answer is: Yes, both will work with your smartphone, just as both previous-gen PS4 DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers worked wirelessly with the phone. In fact, the process seems largely the same for adding new controllers to your handset. Thank you, Sony and Microsoft!
Keep in mind that neither company has explicitly announced compatibility between their new console controllers and modern smartphones – but actual evidence has shown that they simply connect the same. We expect official documents to be revealed soon, but in the meantime, here’s how to connect your PS5 and Xbox Series X / S controllers to your smartphone.
What do you have to do to get started
Thankfully, it’s very simple: all you need is your smartphone and the controller of your choice. If you want to be safe, get a cord that works between the two – USB-C to USB-C for most modern Android smartphones or USB-C to Lightning cable for modern iPhones.
Without official documentation from any company on compatibility requirements for the phone, we will let you know the need to hook up Last generation The PS4 and Xbox One control a handset. Be sure to upgrade your phone’s OS to at least Android 10 or iOS 13, and stay safe, the full latest version of Android 11 or iOS 14.
If your controller is not connecting, make sure you have updated it to the latest firmware, as this is an Xbox support article telling Regarding a similar issue connecting to a PC.
How to install it
You shouldn’t need an intentional app for your phone to connect to your DualSense or Xbox Series X controller – instead, you’ll add them to your phone as a simple Bluetooth device. We will go through each controller setup process separately.
Keep in mind that, without official support from Microsoft and Sony yet, you may have to remodel your buttons within each game to your liking.
How to connect your PS5 controller to your phone
As seen on Austin Evans’ PS5 Unboxing Video, It is very easy to connect your new DualSense controller to your phone.
First, press and hold the PS button at the bottom-center of your duel in coupling mode and create a button on the top-left of the controller (where the share button was on the DualShock 4) until the blue light starts flashing the center.
Then go to your phone, make sure Bluetooth is on, and look for pairing a new device (Android: Settings> Connected devices> Pair new device, in iOS: Settings> Bluetooth) in your Bluetooth settings. Find the Dualicon controller, which can only be listed as ‘Wireless Controller’ and tap it. It should be added soon, as the video below by Phone Battle shows:
You can also connect manually via cable as the video shows – just plug one end into your phone and the other into your controller and it should be registered automatically.
How to connect your Xbox Series X controller to your phone
Don’t worry, Xbox Series X controller owners, connecting your gamepad to a phone is just as easy. (And yes, the Series X and Series S controllers are the same.)
To begin, make sure your controller is on, then hold down the pair and press (behind the USB-C port, where it was on the Xbox One gamepad) until the Xbox button starts flashing Go
Then go to your phone, make sure Bluetooth is on, and look for pairing a new device (Android: Settings> Connected devices> Pair new device, in iOS: Settings> Bluetooth) in your Bluetooth settings. Find the Xbox wireless controller (don’t worry if it doesn’t specify ‘series X’), which can simply be listed as ‘wireless controller’ and tap it. YouTuber MonkeyKingHero shows the short process below: