How to Connect PS3 Controller to iPad: Step-by-Step Guide

Pair and connect a controller Press and hold the appropriate button or buttons on the controller to put it into pairing mode. This makes it discoverable by your Apple device. ... Open Bluetooth settings on your Apple device, then select the controller from the list of nearby devices. iPhone, iPad: Connect Bluetooth devices.

Are you tired of playing games on your iPad with a touch screen? Do you have a PlayStation controller lying around that you wish you could use? Look no further! In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to connect a PlayStation controller to your iPad.

First, open the Settings app on your iPad and navigate to Bluetooth. Ensure that Bluetooth is turned on and visible to other devices. If it is not, toggle the Bluetooth option off and back on again.

Next, put your PlayStation controller into pairing mode. To do this, turn on your PlayStation and hold down the Share and PlayStation buttons on your controller simultaneously. The top of your controller will blink white to indicate that it is in pairing mode.

Now, return to your iPad and look for other devices in the Bluetooth settings. Your PlayStation controller should appear as “Dual Shock” followed by the version number. Tap on it to connect.

If you encounter any issues, try restarting your iPad and controller. If your controller is not holding a charge, connect it to a power source while pairing.

Once connected, you can use your PlayStation controller to navigate your iPad and play games. Don’t worry if you encounter any hiccups in the process, just follow the steps again and you’ll be back up and running in no time.

We hope this guide has been helpful in connecting your PlayStation controller to your iPad. For more helpful tips and tricks, be sure to check out our other guides.


How do I put my ps3 controller in pairing mode?
Plug the adapter into your PC and connect your DualShock 3 to PC via USB.Once the adapter and DualShock 3 are both connected, click "Pair" button in the software.Once pairing is complete, insert the adapter into your Android device. ... Disconnect DualShock 3 from PC, then press PS button to connect.More items...
Does ps3 controller have Bluetooth?
While PS3 controllers do have Bluetooth functionality, they don't seamlessly connect to other hardware like newer controllers.
How do I connect my ps3 controller to my smartphone?
Connect an OTG cable to your Android, then connect the controller's USB charging cable to the female end of the OTG cable. If you rooted your Android device, install the Sixaxis controller app to use your PS3 controller wirelessly via Bluetooth. Not all Android games are compatible with the PS3 controller.