How to connect PS5 controller to iPhone[2024]

Pair your PS5 DualSense controller with an iPhone/iPad for on-the-go gaming. Customize settings & profiles for the seamless gaming experience.

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How to connect PS5 controller to iPhone

How to connect PS5 controller to iPhone

The DualSense controller that comes with the PS5 is easily one of the most advanced gamepads available. Not only does it bring haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to the table on console, with a few quick steps you can pair it to your iPhone or iPad as well. This opens up a whole new world of on-the-go gaming thanks to the controller's robust feature set and high-level support on iOS.

This guide outlines the simple Bluetooth pairing process and then explain how to leverage useful settings like button remapping once connected. From there, we'll cover creating profiles for different games and switching back seamlessly to PS5 wireless mode.

Steps to connect PS5 controller to iPhone

1. First, pull up the Settings menu on your phone.

2. Scroll down and hit the Bluetooth option. This will turn your Bluetooth on.

3. With your controller, hold down the middle PlayStation button and the Share button at the same time. You'll see the lights start flashin' blue, meaning it's in pairing mode.

4. Back on your phone, your controller should pop up in the list of Other devices under Bluetooth. Click on it to finalize the pairing.

5. Once it's all hooked up, the blue lights on the pad will stay solid instead of flashing. And just like that, you've got your PS5 controller hooked up to your iPhone! Should work for iPads too.

Using the Connected Controller on iPhone

1. Button Remapping

Accessing the controller settings allows you to completely change what each of the buttons on the DualSense does. This is helpful if you want to adjust the configuration to suit your playstyle better in different games. You can easily swap functions between buttons with just a few taps.

2. Adjust Stick and Trigger Sensitivity

Within the sensitivity settings, sliders let you individually tailor how responsive the analog sticks and triggers are. Turn them up for pixel-perfect reactions or down for slower movements - perfect for varying game genres or personal preferences.

3. Enable Motion Controls and Trackpad Gestures

Thanks to the powerful internals, motion from the controller's accelerometer and gyroscope can provide input. Plus intricate gestures are supported through the trackpad, whether it's weapon wheels in shooters or UI navigation elsewhere.

4. Create Controller Profiles

Building on all the customizable elements, profiles save your customized control schemes with unique names to easily switch between. A great way to optimize your experience across different iOS games without tedious reconfiguring each time.

Reconnecting the Controller to the PS5

  1. Grab that USB-C cable that came with the controller. Plug one end into the DualSense and find an open USB port on your PlayStation 5 for the other.

  2. Once it's plugged in, just press the middle PlayStation button. This will automatically reconnect it to your console.

  3. After a few seconds to sync up over the cable, you're good to unplug and use it wirelessly like normal again. Just like that, with one quick cable connection, you're back in wireless controller mode for immersive PS5 gaming.

Being able to use the same DualSense controller with both your iPhone/iPad as well as your PS5 is incredibly convenient. It really provides an unmatched level of flexibility whether you're gaming at home or on the go.  Sony really thought of everything with this controller. The way it seamlessly syncs up between your console and mobile via Bluetooth, and you can easily customize your controls perfectly with profiles. Wherever or however you want to game, this lets you tailor the DualSense to the situation.

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