How to Connect PS5 Controller to iPad | Complete Guide

In iOS 14.5 you will be able to play games on your iPad for the first time using your DualSense controller. Here is how you can connect your PS5 controller to your iPad.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is a fantastic piece of kit delivering high-end gaming experiences with 4K graphics, high-resolution graphics, and smooth frame rates. 

DualSense is a controller with force feedback triggers and sophisticated haptic motors that delivers more immersive gaming than any other on the market.

How to pair the PS5 DualSense Controller with the Pad?

A significant improvement has been seen in the gaming sector since the iPad’s introduction. Apple Arcade has facilitated this trend, as have a number of mobile-friendly AAA games, such as Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG Mobile.

Couldn’t the DualSense controller work with the vast library of iOS games that are controller-compatible? iOS 14.5, which was released a few months ago, lets you do that.

The DualSense controller is easy to use on your iPhone or iPad, so long as you’re running iOS 14.5 (or iPadOS 14.5 if you have an iPad) and have a Bluetooth connection. In addition to Apple’s iOS 14.5, you’ll need an iPad or iPhone and a Sony DualSense controller.

Once you have gathered your resources, proceed as follows

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Enable Bluetooth by tapping and selecting it in the menu.

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3. The LED around the trackpad will begin to flash as you hold down the PS button and Share button.

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4. The DualSense Wireless Controller can be found on the list of available devices on your iOS device.

Your iPad and your DualSense will pair up, so you can start playing games that are compatible from the Apple App Store or Apple Arcade.

Regardless of how button mapping varies from game to game, the “Share” function always allows you to snap screenshots with a single click or record a video with a double click.

Upon pairing your DualSense controller with an iOS device, you will need to plug the controller back into your PlayStation 5 in order to re-establish the wireless connection.

Does the iPad allow customization of the button mapping?

Prior to iOS 14.5 you were not able to customize the iPad’s button mapping. With the release of iOS 14.5 this is no longer the case. Once an iOS-compatible controller has been installed, the update allows the user to customize the controls of the DualSense controller.

Here are the steps to modify the button mappings on your device:

  • Start the Settings app.
  • Then tap General.
  • Select Game Controller.
  • Finally, tap Customizations.
  • From this menu, you can assign any of your controller’s buttons another function. The ability to share buttons and haptic feedback can also be disabled.

How should I use the DualSense controller on my iPad?

The DualSense controller, which includes unique capabilities, is one of the most compelling selling points of the PS5. A force feedback trigger can be used to simulate multiple actions, such as pulling the trigger of a gun or drawing a bowstring. 

Advanced haptics further enhance what the controller can provide.The majority of buttons on the DualSense controller will be functional, but new features such as triggers or haptics will not be supported except in the most basic of ways in this release.

IOS developers are wasting their time by manually supporting the force feedback triggers and haptic motors of DualSense controllers. This is since only a minority of iOS users currently own DualSense controllers.

There is no guarantee that this will change in the future, though we are keeping our fingers crossed.

Find iPhone and iPad games that work with the PlayStation 5 controller

There are a lot of games you can play with the DualSense controller if you’re a subscriber. Visit the App Store website and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see if the game is compatible with controllers.

Below the developer’s website and privacy policy link, there’s a section called “Supports.” If the Apple Arcade game has game controller support, you’ll see “Game Controllers” included.


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