How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

  • To connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone and play games with it, you will need at least iOS 13.
  • You can connect almost any Xbox controller, whether it’s the Xbox One or the Xbox Series X / S.
  • Make sure your Xbox controller has Bluetooth and is in pairing mode before trying to connect it.
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With some recent updates, you can now connect almost all popular video game controllers to your iPhone. This includes the Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S controllers, which are considered to be the best on the market.

While not all games support the use of controllers, several of the most popular games on the App Store do, including almost all games from Apple Arcade.

Pairing your Xbox One controller with your iPhone is pretty straightforward. Here’s how to do it.

How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

Now if you have an Xbox controller with Bluetooth:

1. Hold down the Xbox logo button, located at the top center of the controller, until it begins to flash. If it doesn’t blink and lights up solid, it’s already paired with a nearby Xbox. If so, press and hold the small button next to the charging port until the Xbox logo flashes.

2. Grab your iPhone and open the Settings app, then tap Bluetooth.

3. Once you are in the Bluetooth menu, you should see a device named “Xbox Wireless Controller” or something similar. Tap on it and your iPhone will ask if you want to pair the device.

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Make sure the controller isn’t associated with anything else, otherwise it won’t show up here.

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4. To select Pair.

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Once the device is paired, you can start using it.

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5. Later, if you have finished using the controller and want to disconnect it, go to the Bluetooth menu again, tap the small I next to the device name, and then tap Disconnect.

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Pairing and unpairing your controller is easy.

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