Mobile gaming controls have come a long way, with gaming phones like the new Razer Phone 2 even being able to mimic shoulder buttons with haptic feedback. There’s nothing like a full controller though, especially for long gaming sessions.

The PlayStation 4 controller is a natural fit for your smartphone or Chromebook since it connects right over Bluetooth. Fortunately, it’s straightforward to connect and get your game on!

How to Connect the PS4 Controller to Your Smartphone

Start by opening the Settings app and then head to the Bluetooth settings. On Google’s phones, this is under “Connected Devices,” while Samsung phones list it under “Connections.”

Select “Pair new device.” On your PS4 controller, hold down the “SHARE” and PlayStation-logo buttons until the lightbar begins flashing.

Back on your phone, select “Wireless Controller” from the list of available Bluetooth devices.

Let the phone and controller talk to each other for a moment; then you should be good to go.

How to Connect the PS4 Controller to Your Chromebook

Chromebooks are quickly starting to fill the space where we used to see Android tablets, so it’s only natural to want to play games on the bigger screen. Depending on the game, you might be able to get away with using a keyboard and mouse, but using a controller is going to be more universally supported since controllers work well with many mobile games.

Start by opening the Settings app on your Chromebook. On the main settings page, tap the “Bluetooth” setting.

When the Bluetooth page is open, your Chromebook will start searching for available devices.

On the PS4 controller, hold down the “SHARE” and PlayStation-logo buttons until the lightbar begins flashing.

Back on the Chromebook, select “Wireless Controller” from the list of available devices.

Let your Chromebook and the controller talk to each other for a moment, and they should pair.

How to Use the Controller

Once you have the controller paired to your device, the next step is to launch your favorite game and start playing. Some games will have the profile for controllers already in there, so you won’t need to change anything. Others will need you to go into the game’s settings and manually assign all of the buttons. The level of support varies from game to game, so you may need to spend a few minutes getting things set up before you can dive in and start playing.

Tom Westrick Tom Westrick
Tom Westrick has been writing about technology professionally since 2014, but he started poking and prodding at electronics as a teenager. His work has been published on Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. When he's not writing, Tom is a Tier-1 Help Desk Technician, songwriter, and guitar player.
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