How to connect a PS4 or Xbox One controller to an iPhone and iPad with iOS 13

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iOS 13 will finally let you play on your iPhone and iPad using a PS4 or Xbox One controller. Which leads to an obvious question: how to connect a PS4 or Xbox One controller to an iPhone and iPad with iOS 13. With PlayStation Remote Play and Microsoft's xCloud, connecting a pad to your iPhone or iPad will mean you have a console on the go - who wouldn't want that? 

So how do you do it? Follow our guide and learn how to connect a PS4 or Xbox One controller to an iPhone and iPad with iOS 13

It's worth noting that iOS 13, which enables this feature, is currently in beta right now, so access is limited. It should be available in early July which is when you'll finally be able to connect any PS4 or Xbox controller to you iPhone or iPad.  It'll be interesting to see what happens to mobile games like Fortnite when that happens. 

How to connect a PS4 controller to an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13

Connecting a PS4 controller to your iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 is as simple as connecting any other Bluetooth device, and involves putting the pad into pairing mode. From there the pad can detect it and connect to your device. 

Here's how:  

  1. Go to Settings, and then Bluetooth Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Press and hold the PS and Share button until the light bar starts to flash. 
  3. When the PS4 controller flashes white it's in pairing mode and should appear under Other Devices section in Bluetooth settings.
  4. Select the controller in settings to pair it.

Once it's connected you should be able to play any game that supports external MFi (Made For IOS) controllers. Although it doesn't look like all PlayStation's usual pad features are supported, as the tweet below suggest.  

That's likely because non-functioning buttons don't have a matching counterpoint in iOS. Further updates might add them in but that might require Sony to allow or enable it.  

How to connect a Xbox One controller to an iPhone and iPad with iOS 13

Like the PS4 pad, connecting a Xbox One Controller to an iPhone and iPad with iOS 13 again involves putting it into a pairing state so your phone or tablet can see it and connect. Here's how you do that with an Xbox One pad: 

  1. Go to Settings, and then Bluetooth Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Make sure the pad is on (press the Xbox button on the Xbox One controller if it's not) and then hold the connect button on the front of the pad (the one with the little WiFi bars next to it) to put the pad in pairing mode.
  3. Once the Xbox pad is in pairing mode it should appear in the Other Devices section on your phones Bluetooth menu where you can can tap it to pair and start playing.  

Once you're connected you should be good to play games although, again, as your Xbox controller is working as an MFi (Made For IOS) controller don't expect all the non-gameplay buttons to work as expected. That's something xCloud might fix when it arrives but now it's likely just moving and shooting.