Connect a wireless game controller to your Apple device

Learn how to pair your DUALSHOCK®4 or Xbox Wireless Controller to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac. 

Connect your wireless controller to play supported games from Apple Arcade or the App Store, navigate your Apple TV, and more. 

 

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See which wireless controllers are supported

  • Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth (Model 1708)
  • PlayStation DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller
  • MFi (Made for iOS) Bluetooth controllers, like the SteelSeries Nimbus, Horipad Ultimate, and more may be supported.

Pair or unpair a controller with your iOS device

  1. Begin with your controller turned off. Then to put your controller in pairing mode:
    • With an Xbox Wireless Controller, press the Xbox button to turn on the controller. Then press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds.
    • With a DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller, press and hold the PS and Share buttons at the same time until the light bar begins to flash.
  2. On your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, tap Settings. 
  3. Select Bluetooth and check that it's turned on. 
    • To pair, find the name of your controller under Other Devices. Tap the name to connect. 
    • To unpair, tap Information  next to the name of the device, then tap Forget This Device.  

Pair or unpair a controller with your Apple TV

  1. Begin with your controller turned off. Then to put your controller in pairing mode:
    • With an Xbox Wireless Controller, press the Xbox button to turn on the controller. Then press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds.
    • With a DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller, press and hold the PS and Share buttons at the same time until the light bar begins to flash.
  2. On your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  3. Wait while your Apple TV searches for nearby Bluetooth Accessories. 
    • To pair, select the name of your controller. You'll know that your controller is connected when a notification that says Controller Connected briefly appears on your TV.

    • To unpair, select the name of your controller, then select Unpair Device. You'll see a notification on your TV that says Controller Connection Lost.

 

Pair or unpair a controller with your Mac

  1. Begin with your controller turned off. Then to put your controller in pairing mode:
    • With an Xbox Wireless Controller, press the Xbox button to turn on the controller. Then press and hold the Connect button for a few seconds.
    • With a DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller, press and hold the PS and Share buttons at the same time until the light bar begins to flash.
  2. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences.
  3. Click Bluetooth and check that it's turned on.
  4. Find the name of your controller under Devices. 
    • To pair, Control-click the name of your controller, then click Connect. 
    • To unpair, Control-click the name of your controller, then click Remove. 

 

If your controller won't connect or doesn't work as expected

 

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