How to connect and configure the buttons on the PS5 and Xbox Series controller on iPhone and iPad

How to connect and configure the buttons on the PS5 and Xbox Series controller on iPhone and iPad

How to Pair PS5 Controller to iPhone or iPad

DualSense PS5

The new version of the iPhone and iPad operating system includes support for the new Playstation 5 controller among its novelties. From version 14.5 of iOS and iPadOS you can already connect the DualSense to enjoy it when playing in the many titles available through the App Store or the subscription game service Apple Arcade.

Therefore, if you have a PS5 and you want to take advantage of its new controller with your device, this is what you should do to pair it through the Bluetooth connection that both devices have.

  1. The first thing is to make sure you are running version 14.5 of iOS or iPadOS
  2. Next, go to the Bluetooth settings
  3. On your DualSense, press the central button of the PlayStation and hold it next to the share button until the led on the controller starts to flash
  4. As soon as the command appears on your device, click to pair

From now on you can use the controller in all the games you want, significantly improving the gaming experience in many of them. Not all of them, because some still require the use of touch controls due to the type of mechanics they propose, but for everything that is arcade, fps games, racing, etc., yes.

Can I use the Xbox Series controller on the iPhone or iPad?

Xbox series x

Regarding using the new controller also included in the Xbox Series X and S we tell you the same as with the Sony. The new version of the iPhone and iPad operating systems provide better support, so that if it was possible before, now you ensure a better experience.

For connect the Xbox Series controller to your iPhone or iPad the process is identical to what was already there for the previous Microsfot drivers.

  1. Access the Bluetooth settings of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Press the Bluetooth pairing button on the Microsoft remote
  3. When it appears on the screen, click on link
  4. Ready

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 now allow you to configure the buttons of an MFi gamepad

So far it is likely that there are no major differences from what was previously. Even the setup process is identical. So what really improves is the understanding between both devices when they are connected. Although this new version of the operating systems also incorporate a new setting that is interesting to know.

From now on, there is a new menu that allows you to set what action each button on the controller will perform for each game. That is, you can remap them to fit the type of control you are looking for or you can customize them as you would on, for example, your Mac or PC.

For configure the buttons of your DualSense, Xbox Controller or any other MFi controller, all you have to do is:

  1. Access system settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Now go to Game Controller
  4. In the new window you will be able to set the action independently for each button, crosshead and even touch panel if it exists

With all this, the gaming experience on Apple devices improves substantially. And not only on the iPhone and iPad, but also on Apple TV you can enjoy these new features introduced in the latest update.


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