Gaming on mobile phones can be fun, but touchscreens aren’t always the best way to enjoy them. If you have a gamepad lying around, you can connect it to your phone and play with its physical buttons and joystick. In addition to increasing your gaming experience, this can also double your enjoyment of this work.

There are different types of gamepads that you can use on your phone, such as wired USB controllers, wireless Bluetooth controllers, and console-specific controllers like Xbox One, PS4, PS5, or Nintendo Switch. In this article, we will show you how to connect each of these gamepads to your phone and what games you can play with them.

Connecting the game console to the phone

As we said before, there are different ways to connect the game controller to mobile phones, which are divided into two main parts, wired and wireless.

Connecting the wired game console to the phone

If you have a USB controller that you use on your PC, you can also use it on your mobile phone, for which you need a special adapter called a USB OTG cable. This device is a small device that allows you to connect standard USB connectors to your phone. These cables are easily available and available in all online and local stores.

Follow the steps below to connect the wired gamepad to your phone:

  • Make sure you have a USB OTG cable that fits your phone’s port type (USB-C or micro-USB).
  • Connect the OTG converter to the charging port of your phone.
  • Then connect the desired handle to the other side of the OTG converter and wait for the controller to be recognized by the phone’s operating system.
  • After the detection operation is completed successfully, run your desired game and enjoy it!

Some games may not support USB controllers by default, so you may need to change some settings or use third-party apps to play with the controller, which we’ll cover below.

Connecting the bluetooth gamepad to the phone

If you have a Bluetooth wireless gamepad that is compatible with Android devices, you can connect it to your phone without cables or adapters. It is more convenient and portable than using wired gamepads.

Follow the steps below to connect the wireless bluetooth gamepad to your mobile phone:

  • Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth and make sure your phone is visible to other Bluetooth devices.
  • Turn on your handset and put it in pairing mode. This may vary depending on the model of your handset, but usually involves holding down a button or combination of buttons for a few seconds until a certain light starts flashing.
  • Select your game console from the list of available devices and confirm the pairing request.
  • After identifying and pairing the two devices together, you can easily run your mobile game and continue with the game controller.

Of course, it is possible that all games do not follow this process by default and you need to install a special program to recognize the game category on your phone.

Connecting special console handles to the phone

If you have a console-specific gamepad like Xbox One, PS4, PS5, or Nintendo Switch, you can also use it on your mobile phone. These controllers use Bluetooth technology to communicate with their respective consoles, so as long as your phone supports Bluetooth, they can easily pair with your phone.

However, connecting these bands to your phone may require additional steps or tricks depending on the model of the band and your phone. Here are some general guidelines for each type of controller:

How to connect the Xbox controller to the phone via Bluetooth

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