With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple added support for PS4 and Xbox gamepads to the system. This will make the iPhone and iPad great gaming devices and improve the gameplay on them. Below I will tell you how to connect the gamepad to your iPhone or iPad.

Let me remind you that iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 must be installed on the iPhone or iPad. All games support Xbox gamepads, so it will be more convenient to play on a smartphone or tablet.

Read more: How to Connect XBOX One Controller to Apple TV?

How to Connect Xbox Controller to iPhone and iPad?

Your gamepad must support Bluetooth. If the Xbox button is in front of the controller, then it supports Bluetooth:

  • Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad and do not close the settings page;
  • Turn off your Xbox One controller by pressing the Xbox button;
How to Connect Xbox One Controller to iPhone, Mac or iPad?
  • Then press the connect button on the back;
How to Connect XBOX One Controller to Apple TV?
  • The Xbox Wireless Controller appears in the Bluetooth Settings. Select it;
  • Done.

Note: When you connect the gamepad to your iPhone or iPad, your console will no longer recognize it, and you will need to reconnect it.


I hope that the support of gamepads will inspire developers to create better games for the iPhone or iPad and will have a big impact on the game service Apple Arcade, which will be released this year.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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