You can connect your Xbox controller to your iPhone to play games. It only takes a few steps to get it working and we’ll show you how in this guide.
If you play a lot of games on your iPhone and have an Xbox, you can try connecting your Xbox controller to your phone to enhance the experience.
Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t support every Xbox controller, so you’ll need a newer model if you want to use it with your iPhone. iPhone currently supports the Bluetooth-enabled Xbox Wireless Controller (Model 1708). Xbox Wireless Controller Series S, Xbox Wireless Controller Series X, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2and the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Before following these steps, make sure your Xbox controller is turned on. running the latest firmware. You can update your controller wirelessly, via USB, or via your PC.
You’ll also want to make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS 15 or iOS 16. This will ensure you get the best possible experience.
Without further ado, here is how to quickly connect an Xbox Controller to iPhone.
Connecting Xbox Controller to iPhone
Once you’ve updated your controllers and iPhone with the latest firmware, grab your controller and phone to get started.
Once you have both, you need to pair your Xbox controller with your iPhone via Bluetooth. Here’s how to do this:
Customizing the Xbox Controller on iPhone
Note that once you’ve successfully connected your Xbox controller to your iPhone, you can now customize your controller settings via iOS. Note that you must be running a newer iOS software on your iPhone to be able to make these changes.
If you want to customize your controller, follow these steps:
Here you can reassign buttons as you like and have your apps remember the customizations you’ve made so you don’t have to do them over and over.
How to Fix Xbox Controller iPhone Problems
Sometimes this process may not work properly. We’ve seen a lot of complaints about Xbox controller problems on iPhone. Fixing these issues can be difficult, but here are a few solutions that have worked for us in the past.
If you’re having trouble connecting your controller to your iPhone, go to your Bluetooth settings and tap the i icon next to its name. Tap Forget This Device and try again.
We also recommend reducing the number of Bluetooth devices connected to your iPhone. This can help prevent wireless interference.
Apple also notes that support for certain buttons and features varies by controller and the app you’re using with it.