How to Use PS4 Controller on Android, Plus Solution to Common Issue

The love for mobile gaming is increasing as the day goes by, especially among youths. Though mobile phones and tablets do not come with a large screen, people still love playing video games with them. Gaming brands realized this, that is the rason why they started making gamepads with Bluetooth support that also work perfectly with Android devices. In this post, I will be showing you how to use PS4 Controller on Android devices and how to rectify some common issues.  

How to Use PS4 Controller on Android, Plus Solution to Common Issue

While playing games on your mobile devices, you will observe that your fingers usually cover most part of the screen. With this, you have probably wished there is a way to play video games on your device without tapping the screen all the time. If you have an Android device and also PlayStation 4 controllers, you will find that your wish can easily become true.

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Even if you do not have a PlayStation 4, you can easily buy just the controller as it is compatible with more than its host console. However, you should also check if your Android device is compatible with the controller, because not all of them are. Now let us move to the steps of how you can achieve using your PS4 controller on an Android device.

How to Use PS4 Controller on Android Device

Assuming your Android phone is compatible, you should proceed by following the steps outlined below:

  • Press and hold the PlayStation button and the Share button simultaneously on your PS4 controller. A flashing light in the back of the controller signals that it’s entered pairing mode.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on your Android Swipe down from the top of the screen and you’ll see the Bluetooth icon.
  • If your controller doesn’t connect automatically, press the little arrow next to Bluetooth. This will take you to the list of available devices.
  • Select your controller. Its name should be Wireless Controller. After tapping on it, wait for the controller’s light to stop flashing and become solid.
  • There is one more way to connect your Android device with your controller. You might find it especially useful if you’re using an older version of Android:
  • Find Settings. That’s usually located in the Apps menu or on the Home screen.
  • Find Bluetooth. You may have to go into Connections or a similar menu first to locate Bluetooth.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on your device, and then turn on the controller’s pairing mode (see step 1 of the main method).
  • There should be a Scan (or Refresh on some devices) button. It’s usually in the top right corner. Press it to find the controller.
  • Look for your controller in the Available devices list. Select it to begin pairing. It will appear in the Paired devices list.
  • As you might know, you only have to do this once. After that, you only have to turn on Bluetooth on both devices and they shall connect. If they don’t, go through these steps again and you’re golden!
  • Additionally, you should check whether a particular game has an option for receiving input commands from an external device

Even with all this, some people still encounter some issues like; PS4 controller connected to Android but not working or PS4 controller won’t connect to Android. Well, the information contained below is how you can solve this common issue.

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Common Issues While Trying to Use PS4 Controller on Android

First of all, you should note that not all Android device are compatible with PS4 controller. Even if yours is compatible, you might encounter some additional issues. There are chances that the controller starts to lag or having very bad reaction time because of an unstable Bluetooth connection.

Solution to This Problem

There is an app called “Bluetooth Auto Connect “ which is available on Google Play Store. This app solves this problem easily, and you can download it for free, First of all, make sure you have already connected your device with the PS4 controller, start the app and follow the steps below:

  • Find Advanced Options. Once inside, enable Debug.
  • Back in the main menu, enable the Events you need.
  • Go to Devices and make sure your device is connected. Your Wireless Controller will appear in the app.

Another well known issue you might likely encounter is the controls, since they cannot be manually adjusted. There is also an pp “Multilanguage Key Redefiner” which can help you play with the controls. However, its development has been stopped as it is not stable o newer version of Android. You can give it a try installing it, but do make sure your devices are connected before turning it on.


After reading this post on how to use PS4 Controller on Android devices, you will realize that the connection is quite easy. Since the emergence of solutions to the common problems, the number of successful connections has increased. At the end of the day, if you do not succeed to get it work, you can as well try a wired connection with an adapter.

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Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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