How to Connect a PS5 DualSense, DualShock Controller to Android Phone, iOS Device and PC

How to Connect a PlayStation 5 Controller to Android, iOS and PC

PlayStation is one of the most used if at all the most use gaming console worldwide in all countries. It started its evolution from a series of low level console to the highest console it has in the market now: the PlayStation 5. Who doesn't wants a PlayStation 5? Everyone does and its sales in the marker increased since its release in the year 2020.

The previous PlayStation gaming console; PlayStation 4 was an exceptional gaming console due to its high quality graphics in games and when playing top rated games such as FIFA, God of War, Resident Evil, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, Battle field, you will notice that the graphics really changed and became interesting than that of the previous console. 

It is noticed that when ever you test a newer version of PlayStation, you will not like to return to the previous one that follows it. Well this might not be the case for some people when it comes to PlayStation 4 without forgetting the PlayStation 4 Pro gaming console.

However, PlayStation has made it easy for most PS5 games to run on PS4 gaming consoles and this just proves that the PS4 console is an amazing console and compatible somehow with the PS5 console.

Android has taken their features to another level and we notices some apps that let you to run other OS on your Android device. We call them Android Emulators, iOS Emulators, PPSSPP emulators etc.

These emulators made it possible for all Android users to host and play games made for other OS on your Android device giving you full control as it you were on the guest device.

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However, there is no emulator known for running PlayStation 5 games on Android.

The joystick or control pad of a PS5 controller has soft edges and everyone will love to hold it when playing games with what ever console be it Xbox or even PC and Android or iOS. You can now connect your PlayStation 5 controller through Bluetooth to your Android phone, iPhone or iPad device for playing your mobile games with your PlayStation 5 gamepad or joystick also known as controller.

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In today's guide, I will show you how you can connect your PS5 controller to your Android Phone, iOS device (iPhone and iPad) and also to your PC so you can get better gaming experience thanks to the use of this controller be it a DualSense, DualShock 4 controller.

Concept of the PlayStation 5 Gaming Console

How to Connect a PlayStation 5 Controller to Android, iOS and PC

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is a home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4, the PS5 was released on November 12, 2020, in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, North America, and South Korea, with worldwide release following a week later. The PS5, along with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S consoles were released in the same month, is part of the ninth generation of video game consoles.

PlayStation 5 introduced another controller type for PlayStation - DualSense which came as a modification of the DualShock 4 controller.

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Different Types of PlayStation 5 Controllers

PlayStation 5 or PS5 has two types of controllers: the DualShock 4 and DualSense controller. The DualSense came as a modification of the DualShock controllers of all the PlayStation Series.

How to Connect a PlayStation 5 Controller to Android, iOS and PC

1. DualShock Controller

How to Connect a PlayStation 5 Controller to Android, iOS and PC

The DualShock PlayStation controller is available for all the series of PlayStation gaming consoles. It has some haptic feedback during gaming sessions and its vibration is of another level. Its experience when using it improved with the later versions from DualShock 2 to DualShock 4 and we noticed the improvement with the PlayStation 4 controller. On PS5 it is even best than you can think.

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2. DualSense Controller

How to Connect a PS5 DualSense, DualShock Controller to Android Phone

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This controller was released based on the discussions of PlayStation with designers and famous gamers. The DualSense is the PlayStation 5's controller and was incepted on April 7, 2020. It is based on the DualShock 4 controller that came before it with and evolution of design and improvement of its capabilities thanks to discussions with gamers and designers.

The DualSense controller has adaptive triggers with haptic feedback through voice coil actuators that can change the resistance to the player as necessary, supporting experiences such as virtually drawing an arrow from a bow.

The DualSense maintains the same buttons as the DualShock 4, though the "Share" button was renamed to "Create" with additional means for players to create and share content. It has a new built-in microphone array so that players can speak to others using only the controller, and the included controller speaker has been improved.

You probably want to know how to connect this amazing PS5 controller to your Android, iOS or PC device? Let's see that below.

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How to Connect PS5 DualSense and DualShock Controller to Android Phone

Before we kick start, there is one thing you should know. Sony has not yet released a feature support for remote play on Android using the DualSense PS5 controller unlike on iOS who's version 14.5 released by apply supports remote play with the PS5 DualSense controller. However, there are so many apps that can get the job done on Android within seconds. Sony will certainly add a feature support for that in future updates.

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As for the DualShock 4 PS5 Controller, it will remote play with Android definitely but the Android device must be running the Android Version 10 or above. Any inferior version will not work.

If you got a PS5 DualShock controller and an Android device of at least 10 as version, then follow the steps below to connect your controller to your Android phone for remote playing of your game.

  1. On your Android device, Open Settings.
  2. Click on Connected devices then select Bluetooth.
  3. Turn on your Bluetooth if it is off then click on Pair new device.
  4. Now press and hold your PS5 DualShock controller's "PS" and "Share" button for at least 5 seconds till it blinks a blue LED. Now it is ready to pair.
  5. Go to your Android Bluetooth settings and locate your PS5 DualShock Controller's name. It is usually called "Wireless Controller". Click on it to pair.
  6. Once paired, you can remote play your games on Android using your PS5 DualShock Controller.

Note!
Once Sony will release the feature support for DualSense controller, you can equally follow the above steps to connect the controller to your Android phone. The "Share" button here will be replaced by "Create" button. All the steps for connectivity are the same.

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How to Connect a PS5 DualSense, DualShock Controller to iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Unlike support issues on Android, Apple has made it really easy for all iOS users using versions as from iOS v14.5 to connect their PS5 DualSense or DualShock controllers remotely to their iPhone or iPad devices. Not only does iOS v14.5 supports PS5 controller, but it equally supports Xbox series X controllers.

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So if your iOS device isn't yet running at least v14.5, consider to update it and follow the steps below to connect your PS5 DualSense or DualShock controller to your iPhone or iPad.

  1. On your iOS device, go to Settings.
  2. Now click on Bluetooth in the navigation tray.
  3. You will see a section of "My Devices" and under it is a list of already paired devices and just beneath that list, you will see "Other Devices" which are devices ready to pair.
  4. Now, on your PS5 DualSense Controller, press and hold the "Create" and "PS" buttons for 5 seconds at least until the LED start blinking blue. If you let go earlier, your controller will turn on your PS5 console instead.
  5. Now go back to your Settings on your iOS and your will see "DualSense 5 Wireless Controller". Click on it to pair.
  6. You have just connected your PS5 DualSense Wireless controller to your iOS device.

Note!
The same steps are to be followed if you wan to pair a PS5 DualShock 4 controller to your iOS device. In this case, the "Share" button will be "Create" instead.

How to Connect a PS5 DualSense Controller to PC

There are two ways you can connect your PS5 DualSense or DualShock controller to your PC which are by using a USB cable and by using Bluetooth (for PC that support Bluetooth). However, the USB method should work for everyone.

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How to Connect a PS5 DualSense, DualShock Controller to PC using USB Cable

For this method, you are going to need to use a USB type-C to USB type-A cable, as the DualSense uses USB type C port instead of micro USB like the DualShock 4. Follow the steps below to connect your PS5 controller to PC using USB.

  • Plug the cable into both the controller and your PC
  • Windows will automatically detect it. 
  • If your PC is equipped with dedicated USB-C port (the case for most laptops), you could also use a USB-C to USB-C cable.

Note!
Windows 10 and above versions will easily detect the controller other than previous systems such as Windows 7 that will require you to install connectivity drivers.

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How to Connect a PS5 DualSense, DualShock Controller to PC using Bluetooth

If you are not fan of playing with wires or cables, then this option should be the best for you. However, your PC will need to have support for Bluetooth before it can be possible. Laptops or Desktops with Bluetooth adapters of at least 2.0 will work well. Follow the steps below to connect your PS5 controller to your PC through Bluetooth.

  • Press and Hold your PS5 DualSense Controller's PS and Share buttons together for at least 5 seconds till the LED begins to blink blue.
  • On your Windows 10 PC, click on the speech bubble icon in the Taskbar located at the bottom-right corner of your screen. This will then open up the Action Center, so from there click "Bluetooth" and then select "Wireless Controller".
  • Click on it to Pair and if in the case you are being asked a Paring code, enter the default paring code which is 0000 and click on Pair.
  • Your PS5 Controller should be connected to your PC immediately.
  • You can now play your games on PC wirelessly.

Note!
The same steps can be followed for paring a PS5 DualShock Controller to your PC through Bluetooth and the only difference will be the "Create" button which will in this case be "Share".

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Conclusion

The above steps will get your PS5 controller connected or paired to your Android Phone, iOS device or PC without issues be it the DualShock or DualSense controller.

As for Android, you need to make sure that your device is at least 10 or above as Android version. You can equally check for updates of your Android device. However, on Samsung recent device, the connection shouldn't be a problem. 

Apple had made it easy for all their users to pair their PS5 DualSense controller to their iOS devices and Android users are still waiting for the hot cake update from Sony.

PC users will not have problems too but to pair through Bluetooth, their Bluetooth devices will need to have support for such connection. So we recommended adapters of at least 2.0.

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