How To Pair Xbox One or PS4 controller with your Apple devices


With the launch of Apple Arcade on September 19, Apple is offering more than 100 games on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, macOS and Apple TV for only Rs.99/month in India. This includes dozens of high-quality titles such as Overland, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Sonic Racing, LEGO Brawls, Skate City and more, without in-game ads and microtransactions, and playable across multiple Apple devices.

Now, every gaming platform needs its own gaming controller. Surprisingly we didn’t see an Apple-branded controller from the tech giant this year. Instead, they are finally giving users the ability to pair an Xbox One or DualShock 4 controller with an iPhone and iPad.

If you want to know more, continue reading this article on how to pair Xbox One or PS4 controller with your Apple devices.

Pairing Xbox One or DualShock 4 with Apple Devices

  • Check Controller Compatibility
  • Updating to the latest OS
  • Pairing Xbox One and DS4 controller with Apple devices

Check Controller Compatibility

Before you proceed to pair your Xbox One or DualShock 4 Controller, you have to check whether they are compatible with your Apple devices. However, not every model of the controllers is supported.

According to the Apple Support page, the Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth (Model 1708) is compatible with Apple devices. This is the same controller that originally came with the Xbox One S.

In case you own a DualShock 4 controller, all of the DS4 models are compatible except the CUH-ZCT1U, which is one of the original models (CUH-ZCT1) shipped with the vanilla PS4 back in 2013. Though some users are reporting that their old PS4 controller works just fine.

Updating to the latest OS

To use an Xbox One or DualShock 4 Controller with your Apple device, you have to update your device to the latest version of Apple’s operating systems which are:

  • iOS 13, which was released on September 19, 2019, is available for all the supported iPhone and the 7th Gen iPod Touch.
  • iPadOS 13 will start rolling out for supported iPads on September 30, 2019.
  • Apple’s tvOS is also expected to make its debut on Apple TV on September 30, 2019.
  • macOS Catalina will be released on October 2019 for the supported Mac devices. (macOS Mojave doesn’t natively support Xbox One and DualShock 4 Controller)

To check for software updates on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update. We recommend not to opt-in for Apple’s beta software program because of its unpolished and buggy state. Have patience until the stable build of the OS is released.

Pairing Xbox One and DS4 controller with Apple devices

Here’s how you can pair your Xbox One and DualShock 4 controller with your Apple device:

iPhone & iPad

  1. First, go to Settings and tap on Bluetooth. Make sure you have Bluetooth toggled on.
  2. Now on your Xbox One controller, press the Xbox button to power on the controller. Hold the connect button [ ))) ] found on top of the controller for a few seconds until the Xbox button starts blinking rapidly.
  3. After a few seconds, you will see your Xbox Wireless Controller under the Other Devices section. Tap on it to successfully connect your Xbox One Controller to your iPhone or iPad.
  4. To get your DualShock 4 controller in Bluetooth-pairing mode, simultaneously hold the Share and PlayStation button on the controller until the lightbar on top starts blinking. It will show up in the list of Bluetooth devices after a few seconds. Tap on it to connect your DS4 Controller to iPhone or iPad.

Note: This method also applies to iPod Touch (7th Gen).

Pairing a Controller on iPadOS

Apple TV

  1. On your Apple TV, head over to Settings > Remotes and Devices and select Bluetooth.
  2. Follow the instructions above to get your Xbox One or DS4 controller in Bluetooth-pairing mode.
  3. On your Apple TV, you will see your Xbox Wireless Controller or DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller in the list of Bluetooth devices.
  4. Use your remote and select your controller to pair it with Apple TV.


  1. Go to System Preferences and click on the Bluetooth icon.
  2. Put your Xbox One or DualShock 4 controller in pairing mode.
  3. When the controller name shows up in the list of devices, click on Connect to pair the controller to your Mac device.
Pairing a controller on macOS

Wrapping Up

Apple Arcade has a massive collection of excellent games that you can enjoy on your Apple devices seamlessly. And with the third-party controller support on iOS and iPadOS 13, it’s a delight to play these games with a controller, rather than using touch controls on the iPhone or iPad.

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