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iOS 13 is assuredly here, and with it comes Apple’s added focus on gaming. We now have Apple Arcade, a mobile gaming cable account that comes with dozens of accomplished new games. One of the side allowances of this is that you can now use accepted wireless game controllers with your iPhone and iPad.

Before now, iOS didn’t abutment Bluetooth game controllers generally. Instead, it accurate the MFi (Made For iPhone) SDK, for whom only a few third-party developers made controllers — not a abruptness when you read Apple’s rather akin rules for how the buttons must be laid out and what each one must do. But other wireless controllers were not supported, so if you didn’t want to shell out, for example, $50 for this SteelSeries gamepad, then you were out of luck.

But iOS 13 (and the -to-be appear iPadOS 13, which has the same support) changes that. Now you can affix PS4 Dualshocks and Xbox One controllers to your iPhone or iPad. While not all of the games have ambassador support, those who do are bigger essentially when you use one. To find out if a game has ambassador abutment or not, look for this symbol on the Arcade store:


Note: at the time of writing, the only third-party controllers accurate by the new updates are Dualshocks and Xbox One gamepads. So I’m afraid that Nintendo Switch Pro Ambassador won’t work. The above MFi controllers will still work.

Here’s how to hook up your PS4 or Xbox One ambassador to your iOS device.

Check your compatibility

First thing you’ll want to check is whether your ambassador is accordant with the iPhone. Unfortunately not every model works, though most of them will.

There are a few altered Xbox One controllers, but the one that supports Bluetooth is model 1708, also known as the Xbox One S controller. The easiest way to tell whether you have the actual model is to look at the ridge under the Xbox button. If it’s a acutely authentic ridge, it’s apparently an adverse older model. On the 1708, it’s less of a ridge and more of a slight slant.


According to Apple Support, the only PS4 Dualshock model not accurate is CUH-ZCT1U. It’s just one of a few models of the aboriginal DS4 (CUH-ZCT1) alien with the PS4 in 2013, so if you have an older DS4, you can pretty much roll the dice. I have an older DS4, and mine affiliated just fine.

Pair up

So let’s get to the actual connection. To do this, put your device into bond mode. On your Xbox One controller, you do this by captivation down the button on top of the device until the Xbox button starts blinking rapidly.


On your Dualshock 4, you do this by captivation down the Share and PS buttons accompanying until the lightbar on top of the ambassador starts blinking a white light. Basically, you want article on your ambassador to be aflame lights at you.

Once this is done, go to your iOS Settings app and open the Bluetooth menu. Make sure Bluetooth is toggled on, obviously. After a few seconds, the accessories should appear in your menu under “Other Devices.” Tap on the device’s name and your iPhone will affix to it. Once connected, it’ll appear under My Devices, like so:


If you want to unpair the devices, tap the “i” next to their names and select “Forget this Device.”

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