How to connect Xbox controller to Apple TV wirelessly

April 28, 2020

In recent years, the gaming industry has undergone a sea change. Cloud Gaming powered by wireless gaming controllers, has emerged as the biggest trend and generated significant buzz in the entertainment business. A major advantage this mode of gaming offers is the ability to play high-end games using relatively low-end systems like Smartphones and tablets. Let us see how to connect Xbox controller to Apple TV.

A large majority of cloud service providers and telecoms are vying to tap the multibillion-dollar opportunity they foresee in the gaming space. Developing capabilities to pair wireless controllers with smartphones and tablets will only speed up this process, furthermore. Apple allows users to add either an Xbox One S controller or a PS4 DualShock 4 controller, to its devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and more.

How to connect Xbox Controller to Apple TV?

Before we start with the setup process, let's walk you through some of the important features of these wireless controllers. Then, we'll see how to connect Xbox controller to iPhone.

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PS4 Dualshock controllerXbox One S controller
Ergonomic design supports smaller but more responsive analog sticksIt’s a bit bulky, has more responsive shoulder buttons, comfortable triggers and a redesigned D-pad
Supports headphone jackHeadphone jack present
PS4 Dualshock controller supports has a touchpad. It supports a variety of engaging gesturesMicro-textured thumbsticks offer better stability but there’s no room for touchpad.
With PS4 Dualshock controller it’s more like what you see is what you getOffers more variations in design. Users can design their own controllers
Trigger utility is somewhat less in comparison to Xbox One S controllerTriggers feature a ‘Haptic’ feedback function which contributes greatly to playing motion especially, in racing games.

From the above, it’s easy to conclude that the two controllers are evenly matched in most categories and real distinctions come into play with D-pad and triggers. Let us now see how to connect the Xbox controller to the iPhone wirelessly.

Initially, make sure that your controller is turned off. Then, to put your Xbox Wireless Controller in pairing mode take the following steps.

Xbox Wireless Controller
Xbox Wireless Controller

How to connect Xbox controller

Go to the Bluetooth settings of your Apple Device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV).

Turn On Xbox Controller
Turn On Xbox Controller

Begin with your controller turned off. Then, press the ‘Xbox’ button to turn On the controller.

Xbox Connect Button
Xbox Connect Button

Then press and hold the ‘Connect’ button for a few seconds.

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Xbox Controller Connected
Xbox Controller Connected

When the name of the device appears, you can pair it to your TV. Just select the name of your controller. You can confirm that the controller is connected when a notification bearing the following text can be seen on your TV – ‘Controller Connected’.

To unpair, select the name of your controller, then select ‘Unpair Device’. When done, a prompt with the message ‘Controller Connection Lost’ will become on your TV screen.

How to connect a PS4 controller

Apple TV Remote Devices
Apple TV Remote Devices

On your Apple TV, go to Settings and choose Remotes and Devices.

Bluetooth Devices
Bluetooth Devices

When directed to a new screen, select Bluetooth.

iPad Bluetooth Settings
iPad Bluetooth Settings

Similarly, select Bluetooth from your iPhone or iPad device's settings.

Connecting PS Controller
Connecting PS Controller

Now, press and hold the ‘PS’ and ‘Share’ buttons simultaneously. Hold the buttons until the light bar begins to flash.

Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller
Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller

Locate the name of the controller under ‘Other Devices'. When found, tap to connect it.

That’s all to it!

This way you can easily play your favorite games with Xbox Wireless Controllers, PlayStation DualShock 4, and MFi game controllers on Apple products.

If you experience any sort of trouble connecting to your computer, make sure that your controller is away from your PlayStation or Xbox One console. Also, make sure the battery is fully charged. For more information, you can visit Apple Support page. Also. See what’s new and improved in new Apple iPad Pro tablet. The post is a hands-on review!

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