How to connect a PS5 DualSense controller to an Apple TV

PS5 DualSense controller in front of a TV
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Playing Apple Arcade games on Apple TV is more enjoyable with a game controller. Here’s how to connect the PS5’s DualSense controller to your Apple TV.

The majority of Apple Arcade games officially support a controller, which makes an Arcade subscription more fun. Pairing the PS5’s DualSense controller via Bluetooth is simple. That said, don’t be surprised if the DualSense controller shows up as the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller on the Apple TV. This is a minor inconvenience that hopefully Apple will fix with an update to tvOS.

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How to pair a PS5 DualSense controller with Apple TV

Before pairing the DualSense controller with your Apple TV, make sure the Apple TV is running the latest tvOS update.

To get started, you will need to put the PS5 DualSense controller into pairing mode. On the DualSense controller, simultaneously press and hold the Create button and the PlayStation logo button.

Hold down the PlayStation button and the Create button to put the PS5 controller into Bluetooth pairing mode

It will be in pairing mode when the LED light around the trackpad will quickly blink blue. Then open the Settings app on your Apple TV.

Select the "Settings" application on Apple TV.

Select “Remote control and devices”.

To select "Remote control and devices."

Under “Other devices”, select “Bluetooth”.

To select "Bluetooth" under "Other devices."

Now your Apple TV will search for nearby Bluetooth accessories. Select the “DualSense Wireless Controller” when it appears in the “Other devices” section.

To select "DualSense wireless controller."

After connecting the controller to Apple TV, you can select the “DualSense Wireless Controller” to customize its button.

DualSense wireless controller customization options.

The DualSense Controller is a better and comfortable alternative to the Apple TV remote control. You can connect up to four Bluetooth controllers at a time. If you have one, you can also connect Xbox controllers to an Apple TV. Apart from that, you can connect wireless keyboard to Apple TV to enter text quickly.

If you are not impressed with the game even when using your DualSense remote, you can always cancel your Apple Arcade subscription.

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