Since it’s always in your pocket, purse, or hand, there’s no question that an iPhone is a much more convenient gaming platform than any PlayStation or Xbox could ever be. But that convenience comes at a price, especially for those of us too old to have grown up using touchscreens.

Simply put, some games are just plain better with a controller. You can play Fortnite with a touchscreen, and many people do, but come on. That can never be as precise as aiming with analog sticks, which itself is admittedly not as precise as a mouse and keyboard. But something is better than nothing, and if you have a wireless Xbox controller lying around, you can connect it to an iPhone with almost no effort. Here’s how.

Make sure you have the right controller first

iPhone, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple's support website
If your Xbox One controller looks like the one on the bottom, you're good to go. Credit: xbox

This may seem obvious, but you need an Xbox controller that’s actually compatible with iOS if you want to use it for mobile games. Apple’s support website lists the four Xbox controllers that fit the bill, but unfortunately, this actually isn’t quite as simple as it should be. If you’ve got one of these, you’re golden:

    You might be wondering about the “Model 1708” designation on the first option. That distinction exists because the controllers that shipped with the Xbox One console at its launch in 2013 didn’t have Bluetooth functionality. Microsoft didn’t build that into Xbox One controllers until the Xbox One S revision came out in 2016, so if you have an older Xbox One controller, it won’t work with your iPhone.

    As demonstrated by the photo above, you can tell which is which by looking at the plastic that surrounds the Xbox logo button at the top of the controller. If it’s the same plastic texture as the part with the face buttons and the analog sticks, it has Bluetooth. If it shares a texture with the plastic surrounding the shoulder buttons and triggers, it does not.

    Put simply, if you got an Xbox controller after 2016 or so, you’re fine. If not, it’s time to upgrade. The good news is that this is, by far, the most confusing thing about connecting an Xbox controller to an iPhone.

    As easy as pairing headphones

    iPhone, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple's support website
    If you know Bluetooth, you'll be fine. Credit: Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto via Getty Images

    By now, you’ve probably gathered that Xbox controllers connect to iPhones via Bluetooth. If you’ve ever connected anything to your iPhone with Bluetooth, you already know how to pair an Xbox controller, even if you don’t think you do. It’s the same as connecting a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of headphones.

    Hold the Xbox logo button to turn the controller on. From there, hold the Bluetooth pairing button (situated between the two shoulder buttons on the top side of the controller) to put the controller into pairing mode. Open the Settings app on iPhone, navigate to the Bluetooth menu, and scroll down until you see the controller on the list of available devices for pairing.

    Tap it and, God willing, it should pair with your phone. See? Easy. You can do the same thing with a PlayStation controller too in case you were wondering. Whether or not your favorite games will actually support the controller will vary from game to game, but if they do, congratulations on entering a world of more precise controls for your mobile games!


    Japan travel news, japan travel guides, japan holiday destinations and japan reviews

    LATEST NEWS

    NEWS RELATED

    Moving WhatsApp messages from iPhone to Android phone to get easy soon

    One of the biggest hassles of moving from an iPhone to an Android phone is the fact that you can’t move your WhatsApp messages easily. As per a report by 9to5 Google, Android phones will soon have the capability to easily transfer WhatsApp chats from iOS to Android instantly through…

    Read more: Moving WhatsApp messages from iPhone to Android phone to get easy soon

    Telegram CEO says Apple, Google also to be 'blamed' for Pegasus hack

    The Pegasus hacking scandal has shaken the tech world with several high-profile names being targeted. Phones of politicians, journalists, activists have been targeted through Israeli-based company NSO’s surveillance software Pegasus. Since phones are the heart of the hacking, Apple and Google are facing a lot of heat for not making…

    Read more: Telegram CEO says Apple, Google also to be 'blamed' for Pegasus hack

    Apple has ordered 100 million units of the A15 chip for iPhone 13, claims report

    As the iPhone 13 announcement day inches closer, rumours and leaks are having a field day. The latest one deals with the shipment of the A15 chips ordered by Apple, where it is claimed that close to 100 million units of the same have already been ordered by the tech…

    Read more: Apple has ordered 100 million units of the A15 chip for iPhone 13, claims report

    Amazon Prime Day Sale: ‘Best-selling’ iPhone of 2020 available at discount

    NEW DELHI: Amazon has kickstarted it’s annual two-day sale for Prime members in India. During the Prime Day sale, the e-tailer will be offering deals and discounts on all products across categories. So, if you have been waiting to purchase an iPhone, then this may be the right time to…

    Read more: Amazon Prime Day Sale: ‘Best-selling’ iPhone of 2020 available at discount

    WhatsApp CEO wants Apple to do more on privacy of iPhone users

    The Pegasus spyware scandal has rocked many countries across the world, including India. Government officials, senior political figures, journalists, activists — many have been targeted and their phones being ‘hacked’. Apple’s iMessage has also been targeted and Apple came out with a statement.WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart has called out Apple…

    Read more: WhatsApp CEO wants Apple to do more on privacy of iPhone users

    This may be one of the upgrades in Apple iPhone 13 over iPhone 12

    NEW DELHI: The upcoming Apple iPhone, most likely to be called iPhone 13, may come with a 25W power adapter, claims a report by Macrumors. The report is based on rumours originating from China. If the rumours happen to be true, the iPhone 13 would become the iPhone capable of…

    Read more: This may be one of the upgrades in Apple iPhone 13 over iPhone 12

    China floods: Foxconn under pressure to meet iPhone targets as it extends workers’ leave into third day

    Central China’s worst flood in recent memory could put Apple’s primary supplier Foxconn under increasing pressure to meet production targets as the company extends workers’ leave into the third day. Record rainfall in Henan, which lead to the deaths of at least 33 people and displaced more than 3 million, has…

    Read more: China floods: Foxconn under pressure to meet iPhone targets as it extends workers’ leave into third day

    Snap beats user, revenue estimates with highest growth in 4 years

    Snap Inc beat Wall Street estimates for users and revenue in the second quarter, notching the highest growth rates since late 2017 as new features on its messaging app Snapchat attracted more users. Shares of Santa Monica, California-based Snap rose about 10% to $69.20 in extended trading, after its forecast…

    Read more: Snap beats user, revenue estimates with highest growth in 4 years

    Twitter beats revenue targets with ad improvements, shares jump 5%

    7 iPhones that can be tracked when lost with FindMy app even when turned off

    Updated tab bar design and other changes that the latest Safari Technology introduces

    Apple readying 2022 iPhone line-up with 5G: Report

    iPhone 13 colours: Sunset gold, rose gold and other expected variants

    Apple delays bringing back employees to offices

    How to disinfect your iPhone: Apple tells users not to use this cleaner

    iOS 14.7 is here: Here’s why iPhone users should update

    OTHER NEWS