If you play with your mobile in a casual plan you can have fun perfectly using the touch controls on the screen, but if you are looking for a more “gamer” experience you will need a good controller for your Android. Currently we can find 3 types of gamepads compatible with mobile devices:
- Gamepads with side attachment: The controller is attached to the sides of the phone for a gaming experience similar to that of a Nintendo Switch or PSP.
- Controls with vertical support: Here we would find a gamepad to use, but with a support that allows us to hold the phone while holding the remote.
- Gamepads without attachments or support: Generic gamepads that can be used for Android, PC or other platforms. These would be the least ergonomic controls, since they do not bring any specific support or design to integrate with our mobile. Once synchronized we will have to leave the phone leaning against the wall, on the table or as best we can.
Personally, I am one of those who prefer controls with side links, since they seem the most comfortable. The controls with vertical support are not bad either, but if we have a slightly heavy phone, they can end up being less manageable and tire our wrists.
Gamepads without coupling or supports are the least practical of the 3, since you have to find your life to support the mobile and in certain situations this can be quite a hassle. On the contrary, they also have their advantages and that is that if you already have a PlayStation or Xbox controller you can also use it to play with your mobile, since they are perfectly compatible with Android (after all, they work like any other device with a connection Bluetooth).
The 10 best gamepads to play video games on Android
After this little clarification, let's see which are the most prominent controls on the market to play emulators, cloud gaming and ultimately, any video game for Android compatible with gamepads.
1- Razer Kishi
Here the community of gamers does not have many doubts, Razer Kishi is the best controller to play with physical controls on Android. Both the buttons, the crosshead, the joysticks and other parts are of high quality, being the closest thing to having a portable console in your hands. Today it is the gamepad recommended by Nvidia to play on its GeForce NOW streaming platform.
It is an ergonomic device, with an adequate weight to play for hours without getting tired. The remote is connected via a USB C port to the mobile, so it does not need batteries or charges of any kind. I've been playing with him for a couple of months and the truth is that I'm delighted.
If I had to put a problem on it, it would be the impossibility of connecting headphones to the 3.5mm input of the phone, since the design of the gamepad itself covers the sides of the mobile forcing us to use the device's own speakers or Bluetooth headphones. Being a premium product it has a high price, but it is quite worth it, since it is a simply outstanding device.
Approximate price: € 89.90 | To see in Amazon – PC Components
2- SteelSeries Stratus Duo
Along with Razer, the other great brand of gamepads for mobile phones. This Stratus Duo has a wireless connection via Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and it is great whether we want to play on an Android SmartTV or an Android TV Box. For those who want to play directly on the mobile, they can also do so with a small dock or stand that is also sold (but separately).
We are facing a very complete gamepad, with buttons, crosshairs, joysticks and triggers at the level of what we can expect in a true quality controller. It also has a rechargeable battery and in addition to working on Android, it offers compatibility for PC and VR (Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR).
Approximate price: € 69.99 | See on Amazon – PC Components – SteelSeries official website
3- Razer Raiju Mobile
If the Razer Kishi offers us a design with side attachments, this Razer Raiju bets on a classic gamepad with superior support for the mobile. Although it does not have anything classic, since it offers several extra functions that we cannot find in other similar controls: we can connect to 2 Android devices via Bluetooth simultaneously, has 4 multi-function buttons that can be mapped to fit your needs and a 60 degree tilt mount for the best possible viewing angle.
The battery offers about 20 hours of playtime. A battery that by the way, we can charge while we play thanks to its long USB C charging cable. In short, a pro control for Android, which yes, has a certainly remarkable price.
Approximate price: € 149.99 | To see in Amazon – Razer official website
4- Clip for DualShock 4 and Xbox controller
As we said at the beginning of the post, if we already have a PS4 or Xbox One controller we can reuse it to play with the mobile. We just have to synchronize it as we would with any other gamepad via Bluetooth.
To achieve a more comfortable experience we can buy a support or clip that serves as a grip and allows us to hold the mobile. These types of supports are sold separately on sites like AliExpress at simply ridiculous prices (less than one euro) and can be a good solution if we do not have a lot of budget or do not want to leave a lot of money along the way.
Approximate price: From € 0.01 | To see in AliExpress (PS4 Support) – AliExpress (Xbox Support)
5- 8Bitdo SN30 Pro
8Bitdo has built a reputation as a manufacturer of retro cut gamepads. Today we recommend this SN30 Pro, but the truth is that there are many different models, all of them really beautiful and with finishes that denote quality on all four sides. All of them compatible with Android, although we can also use them to play on PC via Bluetooth connection.
They also have their negative side and that is that they are not intended to be used as a mobile support, so they are more recommended if we are playing with an Android TV Box or an Android Smart TV.
Approximate price: Between € 30-45 | To see in Amazon – PC Components – AliExpress – Banggood
6- SAMSUNG GLAP
If you are looking for a slightly more modern gamepad this may be a good option. GLAP is the official command for Samsung mobiles and has a truly original and ergonomic design. This gamepad supports mobiles of various sizes, be it a 5-inch phone or a Samsung Galaxy S10 + (supports screens up to 7.5 inches).
Among its highlights it is worth mentioning that it allows connection with the PC, so if we are playing on the mobile and want to switch to the computer, we only need a USB cable to connect it to the PC and that's it. It is 100% compatible with Steam and its battery lasts for about 10 hours.
Approximate price: € 94.18 | To see in Amazon – Samsung official website
7- Steel Series Stratus XL
Considered by many gamers the standard within pro controllers for Android. Both visually and in hand it feels very similar to the Xbox controller, which can be good or bad depending on your personal tastes. Although yes, it has a considerable weight, which helps not have that cheap plastic feeling that many Android gamepads have.
Regarding the arrangement of buttons, crosshead and joysticks, it is very similar to the PlayStation controllers. The 3 central buttons are designed to perform actions on Android (Home, Back, etc.). Nor can we go without mentioning that the controller requires the use of AA batteries (it does not allow USB charging), although it also has its positive side and is that it is much cheaper than other pro controllers from SteelSeries or Razer itself.
Approximate price: € 54.90 | To see in Amazon – PC Components – GAME
8- Gun control with AliExpress triggers
Although it is a real bizarre, it is still a very interesting command for Android. Is about a gamepad in the shape of a double gun with their corresponding metal triggers. The trick is to configure the game's touch controls in such a way that the classic R2 and L2 to shoot are placed in the upper area of the screen, just below the triggers of the controller.
Its usefulness is basically limited to shooters with PUBG-type touch controls, where you can really exploit the potential of this command. It does not have more buttons than the aforementioned triggers and it cannot be configured wirelessly, although for the low price they have – just 3 euros – the truth is that it is not bad either.
Approximate price: € 3.76 | To see in AliExpress
9- Maegoo Android Controller
One of Amazon's best-selling cheap Android gamepads. For just 30 euros we have a remote control compatible with Android via Bluetooth that we can also connect to the PC via a USB dongle wirelessly.
In addition to that, it has an application with which we can customize the controls and it also has 2 internal motors for vibration effect. It incorporates a 500mAh lithium battery with a duration of between 13 and 15 hours. An excellent command considering its functions and its value for money.
Approximate price: € 29.99 | To see in Amazon
10- Mcbazel IPEGA
If you are looking for a controller with a horizontal connection type Nintendo Switch but you don't want to spend the money on a Razor Kishi this may be a good alternative. For just over 30 euros we have a Bluetooth remote compatible with mobile phones and tablets between 5 and 10 inches.
It has a 350mAh battery with a USB charging port, as well as an app to map the buttons to our liking. It also offers PC compatibility.
Approximate price: € 36.10 | To see in Amazon
Note *: The approximate price of each peripheral is indicated on the website of the manufacturer or point of sale at the time of writing this article. Its price can vary considerably depending on the date and store that we consult.