Kit Guide: How to connect a PS4 controller to Android

With mobile games getting more advanced each year, a console gamepad gives you the extra control you need to play them properly.

This guide takes you through connecting a wireless PlayStation 4 controller to an Android phone or tablet, and shows you how to fix a couple of common issues.

Connecting the controller


This part of the guide explains how to pair the controller to your device. Before you start, make sure the controller is charged up. 

ps4 controller pairing

On the PS4 controller, press and hold the PS button (it's the one in the middle, at the bottom). You can release it when the light bar starts flashing white.


On your Android device, open the Bluetooth menu. On most phones and tablets it can be found in Apps > Settings > Wireless and networks > Bluetooth


If Bluetooth isn't on, tap the switch then press Wireless controller.

After a few seconds, 'Paired' will appear below the name to show that it's connected and working. 

Fixing common problems


Once your controller is connected, it should work properly right away. However, we've covered the two most common problems that can crop up below. 


The control is lagging

If you're finding that there's a delay between pressing a button and the screen reacting, the connection could be unstable. To fix that, download a free app called 'Bluetooth Auto Connect' from Google Play (you can find a link to it here). 


Once it's installed, connect the controller to your phone as above and open the app.


Tap Advanced options > Debug.


Return to the main app screen by pressing Back.


Tap the box next to your PS4 controller to turn on automatic connection. 

Now, if anything interrupts the signal, the app will quickly reconnect it to stop lagging. 

The button mapping is wrong


The controller's buttons will automatically map to the app. If you want to swap them round, an app called 'Multilanguage Key Redefiner' from Google Play lets you assign them the way you want (you can find it here).

With the control connected, open the app and choose what key each button represents. You can also use it to change the on-screen keyboard round if you like.

Hopefully that's you sorted, but if you need more help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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