Your guide to using your Dualshock 4 wireless controller with Apple devices

How to pair your PS4 controller with Apple devices following the latest iOS, iPad OS, tvOS, macOS update

With the new updates to Apple’s OS for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, PlayStation fans can use a Dualshock 4 wireless controller to play their favourite PS4 games on an iPad, iPhone or Mac via the PS4 Remote Play app*, and/or enjoy hundreds of controller-supported games on your Apple device.

In light of the news, we pulled together this list of frequently asked questions to help you understand how you can take advantage of the controller’s capabilities with your Apple device.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please leave them in the comments below and we’ll try and address them in a future update!

Your guide to using your Dualshock 4 wireless controller with Apple devices

What operating system do I need to use to play games on my Apple device using my Dualshock 4 wireless controller?
The Dualshock 4 wireless controller can be paired with your Apple device when updated to the following operating systems:

  • iOS 13
  • iPad OS
  • macOS Catalina (coming October 2019)**
  • tv OS 13

**Apple devices with macOS High Sierra or macOS Mojave operating systems will continue to be able to connect their devices to Dualshock 4 by using a USB cable or a Dualshock 4 USB wireless adaptor (sold separately) for PS4 Remote Play.

What games can I play with my Dualshock 4 wireless controller on Apple devices?
There are two main ways to play games with your Dualshock 4 wireless controller on Apple devices:

  1. Stream compatible PS4 games directly to your iPad, iPhone or Mac through the PS4 Remote Play app*.
  2. Play hundreds of games with MFi controller support, including titles coming to the new Apple Arcade subscription service***, on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac devices.

***Apple Arcade subscription service subject to Apple Arcade subscription service terms of use.

What is the PlayStation 4 Remote Play app?
The PS4 Remote Play app allows PlayStation fans to stream games from and/or operate a PlayStation 4 via a wireless connection on a PC, Mac or Apple device. This means:

  1. Displaying the PS4 screen on your mobile device;
  2. Using the on-screen controller and/or the DS4 on your mobile device to control your PS4;
  3. Picking up a paused game and/or starting to play a new one from the PS4 home screen;
  4. Joining voice chats using the mic on your mobile device.

Where can I get the Remote Play app?
If you have not already installed the PS4 Remote Play app on your Apple device, you can download it from the Apple Store here for iOS, and here for macOS.

What is required for PS4 Remote Play on Apple devices?
*Remote Play requires Remote Play App connected to Wi-Fi, compatible game, PS4 system with software version 6.5 or higher, iPhone 7, iPad 6, or second-generation iPad with iOS 12.1 or higher installed, and high-speed internet connection. A PS4 system with a wired connection via a LAN cable is also recommended.

Do I need a PSN ID to use the Remote Play app?

How do I pair my Dualshock 4 wireless controller with my Apple device?
If you are using a controller with your Apple device for the first time, you will need to follow the steps below to pair them together using Bluetooth:

  1. Make sure the light bar on the controller is off. If the light bar is on, press the PS button until it turns off. If a USB cable is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
  2. While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS button until the light bar flashes.
  3. Enable Bluetooth on your device, and then select the controller from the list of Bluetooth devices. When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid color.

Are all Dualshock 4 wireless controller features available on my Apple devices?
Depending on the Apple device, there may be some controller features that are not supported. These include: touch pad, vibration function, motion sensor, and the headphone jack for audio pass through.

Additionally, Apple users will still need to use your Apple device’s onscreen touch controls to access the PS, SHARE and OPTIONS buttons when playing games via the PS4 Remote Play app on some devices.

Head over to to find out more about pairing your wireless controller with Apple devices, and don’t forget to let us know of any other questions you might have in the comments section below.

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Android when??

After xperia’s death


so already?


Been able to stream with android since remote play was announced. Over a year and a half ago🙄

Like Kingkenny has said above, it’s ridiculous that android isn’t supported other than sony xperia devices. The app is there, just remove the device restrictions!

why is touchpad functionality not supported?

jollygoodshow 01 October, 2019 @ 02:48

Why artificially restrict this to iOS 13? Do you know how many people and especially children are on devices that can’t install 13? Not inclusive, bad for the environment and completely typically stupid corporate move.


Bad for the environment? If it is on iOS 13 it can guarantee it is on a device sufficiently powerful enough for remote play. It’s more than just playing a picture. That’s why there are minimum requirements for PC remote play. Designing the app properly for how wide the android market wouldn’t be easy.

It’s not Sony it’s Apple….can you not see?

I’ve already liked it !!!

Why, o why do both the touchpad and PS button not work when connected to the iPad. Maybe some iOS limitation, as they work on Mac and PC if I’m not wrong.

And that’s where I get annoyed by iOS limitations!

Now, you really need the touchpad in some games. And I need the PS button so I can remotely change game or turn off the PS4! I really need it! I thought it was malfunctioning in my case but I can understand it’s an iOS thing. Well pity, I will keep streaming from the PC when I need to, then.

When you make something work it has to be in its entirety, not half-assed


While I agree it’s annoying, you can access touch pad functionality and the PS button from the touch screen on the device. I’m also pretty sure it’s on Apple to get the buttons working.


Can you use other PlayStation controllers with your Apple devices besides the Dualshock 4? i.e. Dualshock 2/3 controllers? Thanks.


Thank you

Ok.. so the next ps4 firmware is coming out this week that allows any android device running 5.0 to use remote play. Awesome job and many thanks!

What do you do when you want to change the device connected to your DualShock 4? (Like, playing on Apple TV and then continuing on iPad. ) For now, I must delete the controller on atv, delete the pairing on iPad, which doesn’t connect after pairing with atv and then search for the controller again on the iPad…every time.

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