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FAQ: How to Use DualShock 4 with Your Apple Devices

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FAQ: How to Use DualShock 4 with Your Apple Devices

DualShock 4 is now compatible with your Apple device with 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 favorite 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!


Q. What operating system do I need to use to play games on my Apple device using my DualShock 4 wireless controller?

A. 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** (launching in October)
  • 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.

Q. What games can I play with my DualShock 4 wireless controller on Apple devices?

A. 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 .

Q. What is the PlayStation 4 Remote Play app?

A. 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:

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

Q. Where can I get the Remote Play app?

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

Q. What is required for PS4 Remote Play on Apple devices?

A. *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.

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

A. Yes.

Q. How do I pair my DualShock 4 wireless controller with my Apple device?

A. 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:

  • 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.
  • While pressing and holding the Share button, press and hold the PS button until the light bar flashes.
  • 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.

Q. Are all DualShock 4 wireless controller features available on my Apple devices?

A. 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 on-screen 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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21 Comments

  • and what about Android Devices (non Experia), will it ever be available? any ETA?

    • I can’t quite figure out, the meaning of this. If your Playstation has to be online and you can’t play, if you’re not under the same wifi, it’s not Remote play?
      I thought that this meant to be a solution to play Playstation on the move. If i want to play on my Playstation in another room, why would i do it on a small phone screen?

  • Is there any possibility of having the PS4 Remote Play App on Apple TV?

    • MrMichaelJames

      Yes, this times 100. Since iOS and TvOS are so similar please Sony release the remote play app for TvOS. The only negative is that without a PS4 Pro you can’t do 1080p via remote play, only 720p. So on larger TVs it might not look that great compared to a small monitor, tablet or phone screen.

  • venom_gamerzone

    I don’t understand why Android users can’t use remote play without a sony device if apple users can

  • whereymyconary

    Well… as an apple user i’m quite excited for this. I use remote play most nights when I’m going to bed.

  • Dear Anand and Sony Playstation,

    Now that Playstations Dualshock 4 is officially recognized by Apple as an option for mobile games, can you please release the OFFICIAL SONY accessory adaptor for mobile gaming on Dualshock 4?

    Many of us here in the U.S. would appreciate it since, I believe, never released here.

    Thanks, Go Green and God bless!

  • Does anyone have any tips for smooth remote play? I’ve tried several options and it never seems to be 100% fluid. Also unfortunately because of where my PS4 is, I can’t wire it directly to the modem. Thanks in advance.

  • Hey, it’s great that you’re expanding to Non-Sony Xperia phones! Can this be the first step towards allowing Android (Non-Xperia) phones to use this service too?

  • ElectricMole

    I can understand the “touch” function not being available, but the fact that the touch pads physical button is not available is strange. Many of the games I play use the touch pad click to enter menus. Having to remove my hand from the controller to use the iPads/iphones screen breaks game continuity. Please bring the touchpad physical click button functionality!!

    • Yes, the touchpad button needs to work too for the remote play to be usable. Yesterday I tried the remote play on my iPad for the first time. I really liked how well I could play Control with it until I realized I could not access the menu screen to select a mission or view items.

  • I am wanting an app for the Nintendo Switch to play PlayStation 4, but this is cool. Maybe need to wait for the iPhone update to pair controller. Thx!

  • KingofSaiyanZ

    Are there plans to bring Remote Play to Android users that don’t have an Experia phone?

  • Thanks for the update.

    I just switched from Xperia to iPhone with iOS13 and Apple Acrade.

    I held out with Sony as long as I could, but the Xperia experience, is just horrible.

    Please, consider moving your Mobile business over to PlayStation. I would be back in an instant, if you were to offer a PlayStation Phone. Drop a PS Phone in a Vita like form factor, with the same OS as PS4, and a shared library of games, apps, and services, and you’d have something great.

    I would prefer to have a mobile device with native playback of my PS4 library. With Ryzen and RDNA, I know the tech is there to make it happen. It is up to you if to deliver a mobile device, that will bring me back to the PlayStation Ecosystem.

  • lmao imagine being a major company and releasing an app for iOS and not Android. Y’all just annoyed more than 50% of the people that want remote play on their phones

  • Bring PS Now to mobile please.

    • They needs a thumbs up so I can support this. Yes, please bring PS Now to iOS (and Apple TV).

  • When I press the power button on my Dualshock to turn it on, it automatically turns on my PS4 and connects to it. How do I turn on the controller to use with Apple without turning on my PS4?

  • Now that the DualShock 4 is compatible with iOS, will the Remote Play app be updated so that we can play fullscreen landscape mode (without the virtual buttons). Thanks!

  • I have been able to use remote play fine on my iOS devices. The only issue I have had is easily returning my controllers to the PS4. When I would like to play on the main console again, my DualShock 4 will auto link to the iPad/phone. Once I accidentally paired all of my controllers to the iPad and could not control the PS4 at all. Is there a easy solution to the problem that I am not aware of?

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