How to Put PS4 Controller in Pairing Mode

The DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers were supposed to work on their respective consoles. However, it is not possible for you to pair them with your iOS 13 device, iPadOS tablet, or your Apple TV via tvOS 13 by using Bluetooth all thanks to the recent software updates of Apple. Not only that, pairing either controller with previous versions of Android and iOS can be easily done thanks to Android 10.

It is really interesting and beneficial for those the subscribers of Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass. with it, you will be able to play a few games on offer from either services with a controller. Fortnite is the pioneer who paved the way for expanding controller support when it was only available on limited phones. However, compared to the earlier days, the PS4 and Xbox controllers work on mobile with more games.

If you want to setting up the DualShock 4 and Xbox wireless controller with your device, the process that you have to do is easy. However, it might be different, depending on the type of controller you are using and the kind of operating system that you will be pairing the controller to.

First and foremost, it will be needed for you to put your controller into pairing mode. It does not matter what kind of device you are going to pair with DualShock 4, the first thing to do is to put the controller into pairing mode. To make it happen, you can just press and hold its Share button to the left of the touchpad and then hold the middle PlayStation button. By following the step, the light bar located at the top of the controller will begin to blink, indicating that it is looking for a device to pair up with.

Turn on DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller pairing mode

Do not forget to have its Bluetooth ready if you are with a wireless version. You can tell that it will not work if there is a glossy plastic surrounding the Xbox button of the gamepad. As the contrary, it will if that area is made of the same matte plastic as the face of the controller.

In order to enter the pairing mode, please turn on the controller, which can be done by holding down the Xbox button located in the middle. When it lights up, time to click and hold the connect button that is located on the top of the controller and close to the bumpers. Please do it until the Xbox logo blinks. When you see the blink, it means you are ready to pair.

Then, how to pair it? There are a few ways to do that. This following is the method to pair your controller with iOS:

method to pair your controller with iOS

    1. The first thing that you need to do is to open the Settings app.
    2. Once it opens, tap the Bluetooth option that is located close to the top of the page. When your DualShock 4 is in pairing mode, you will be able to find it listed as DUALSCHOCK4 Wireless Controller and when your Xbox controller is in pairing mode, the one that you will be able to see on the list is Xbox Wireless Controller.
    3. Please choose anything that applies to you. After pairing it, the light bar on the top of the DualShock will become pink while the backlit middle button of the Xbox controller will stop blinking and remain illuminated.
    4. For those who are using an iPad with iPadOS, you can follow the same method to connect either controller.

If you are using Apple TV that runs TVOS 13, you can follow these following instructions instead:


    1. First of all, you will have to open the Settings app on the Apple TV home screen.
    2. After that, scroll down to Remotes and Devices and then click into that option.
    3. The next thing that you have to do is to scroll down until you find Bluetooth and then click that option. By following the step, you will be able to see a handy resource called How to pair game controllers shown on the screen, which is the first option. Feel free to read it if you want to. However, if your controller is in pairing mode, it will show up below the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth connection screen.
    4. After connecting the controller, you are able to use it in place of Apple’s included remote.

If you are on Android, this information is for you. Even before the release of Android 10, pairing Bluetooth controllers to Android phones in software versions has always been possible. The difference is that the latest update of Google recognizes the controllers faster. For those the users of Android 10 who sync up a DualShock 4, you have another bonus, which is the ability to use the touchpad as a mouse pointer for the OS, as well as in game, it is useful for those who do not want to navigate with the analog stick.

If you are using a Pixel on Android 10, here is step by step to follow:

    1. Firstly, you should navigate to the Settings app.
    2. After navigating to the Settings app, click Connected Devices.
    3. In the end, you will be able to find and pair the controller by choosing Pair new device option.

It should be noted that the DualShock 4 will show up as Wireless Controller while the Xbox controller will be shown as Xbox Wireless Controller. On Android 10, the light bar of the DualShock 4 will become blue, indicating that the process of setting up has been done successfully. As for the Xbox controller, the backlit middle button of it is still illuminated while it is liked to your phone. For everyone with an older version of Android, including Android 7 Nougat and Android 8 Oreo, it might be needed for you to drill down into a Bluetooth sub menu from within the Connected Devices setting to pair a controller.

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