One of the things I like least about mobile games is the controls. Games have been gaining in quality, textures, resolution … but the rules remain the same: touch and slide on a screen that, even though it is large, cannot surpass the classic Playstation or Xbox controls. Many developers are aware of this, so they offer support for external controllers in their games, and today you will learn how to take advantage of it with your controller Playstation 4.
In this article, we will teach you how to connect your PS4 wireless controller to your Android mobile. Unlike what happened with the PS3 controller, you don’t need to be a root user this time. Everything is done from the settings of the terminal itself and in less than a minute. You have two options: via Bluetooth or USB-OTG. Both options are just as good, although I like cable better. But let’s not roll over; let’s go to the mess.
How to connect a Playstation 4 controller to your Android mobile
Using the Bluetooth connection
Let’s start with the more complicated option, and I say “complicated” because it is the longer of the two. You need to have the PS4 controller charged and turned off and follow the instructions below:
- Turn on the controller by pressing and holding the “PS” and “Share” buttons simultaneously and hold them until the light blinks quickly white.
- On your mobile, go to Settings> Bluetooth and search for a new device. “Wireless Controller” should appear.
- Click on it and connect it.
Now you have to go to the settings of your games and configure an external controller if they allow it. For that matter, I have tried a Game Boy emulator, and it worked without any problem. Of course, I do not know if because of the emulator or the Bluetooth itself, but it gave me a few tugs, and the app did not react as fast as one would expect. That is why I prefer the second option.
Using a USB OTG
Through a USB-OTG connector, you can connect any peripheral to your Android mobile, from a mouse to a keyboard, through an external hard drive, a pen drive, or, yes, a PS4 controller. For this, you need a USB-OTG cable (you have below a package of two lines for 8.99 euros in Amazon and another in case your mobile is USB type C). This procedure is much easier since it is only plug-and-play.
What are the advantages of USB-OTG? The connection, being by cable, is much faster and more stable than with Bluetooth, or at least that has been my feeling in the four smartphones I have tested. Be that as it may, you can play quietly with either of the two options, and gaming takes your experience to the next level. If you don’t have a PS4, you might be interested in stopping by this post in which we show you the best controllers to play on your Android.
If you want to finish turning your smartphone into a portable console, all you need is this adapter. It is a clip that allows you to place the mobile screen on top of the remote. It’s like using a Nintendo DS. A marvel that, by the way, includes a connector cable.
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.