How to use a PS4 or Xbox One controller with iOS 13 and iPadOS

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Controller support is better than ever.
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iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 will finally allow you to play games with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller.

That means there’s no need to purchase a pricey MFi controller that is restricted by Apple’s outdated gamepad guidelines. Simply connect one of the controllers you already own and you’re good to go.

Here’s how to get set up.

Using a PS4 or Xbox One controller with your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV is simple. There’s no need for third-party jailbreak tweaks anymore. You don’t even need to download another app.

Just follow the steps below to connect your controller to your device.

How to pair a PS4 controller

  1. Hold down the PS and Share buttons on your controller until the light on the top starts flashing.
  2. Go into the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV and find your controller. It should be named DualShock 4.
  3. Tap to pair.

How to pair an Xbox One controller

  1. Power on your controller by pressing the Xbox button.
  2. Hold down the Connect button on the top of your controller for three seconds.
  3. Go into the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV and find your controller. It should be named Xbox Wireless Controller.
  4. Tap to pair.

Once your controller is connected, simply fire up a game with controller support and you’re good to go. You should find that any game that previously worked with MFi controllers should be compatible already.