How to connect and pair a PS4 controller to your PC using Bluetooth or a USB cable
- You can connect a PS4 controller to your PC via Steam, the DS4 Windows Utility, or Bluetooth.
- To connect your PS4 controller to a PC using Steam or the DS4 Windows Utility, you'll need a micro-USB cable.
- When you pair your PS4 controller on a PC with Bluetooth, the connection is wireless.
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Hardcore PC gamers often swear by the precision of a mouse and keyboard — it's so popular that even console players sometimes prefer keyboards to joysticks.
However, there's no denying that leaning back with a controller in your hand is much more relaxing than crouching over a mouse and keyboard.
Fortunately, just like you can connect your mouse and keyboard to a PS4, you can likewise connect your PS4 controller to a PC.
Here are three different ways to connect your PS4 controller to a Windows 10 PC.
How to connect PS4 controller to PC with USB
If you want to connect the controller with a micro-USB cable (the same cable you use to charge the controller), you have two options.
Connect via Steam
If you're a PC gamer, chances are that you have a Steam account. Luckily, Steam makes connecting new controllers easy.
1. Open Steam and click the "Big Picture Mode" icon in the top-right — it looks like a square with two arrows pointing out.
2. Once in Big Picture Mode, select the gear icon at the top-right to navigate to Settings.
3. Under the "Controller" tab, click "Controller Settings."
4. Check the box for "PlayStation Configuration Support."
5. Plug the PS4 controller into your PC using the micro-USB cable. Make sure the backlight on the controller glows to indicate there's a connection.
6. Steam should automatically detect and configure your controller. Click it when it appears at the bottom of the page.
Connect via DS4 Windows Utility
If you want to use the wired controller with a non-Steam game, this is another option.
1. In a web browser on your PC, go to DS4Windows.com. Click "Download Now."
2. You'll be redirected to Github. Find and click the DS4Windows.zip file, and then download it onto your computer.
3. Find the downloaded .zip file on your computer and open it, and then double-click "DS4Updater" and click "Extract All."
4. Pick a location for the files to be extracted to — it should be a location that you can find easily.
5. Once extracted, open the location you picked and double-click "DS4Windows." If you're asked to confirm that you want to run the program, click "Run."
6. You'll be asked where you want to save the program's files. If you don't care where they go, pick "Appdata" — if you want to be able to move them around, pick "Program Folder" and select a location.
7. Once you've picked a spot to save the files, click "Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver" and let the program install its files. If you're asked whether you'd like to install the software, click "Install."
You can now use the PS4 controller on your PC with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first.
How to connect PS4 controllerto PC with Bluetooth
If your PC supports Bluetooth — and if it was made in the last ten years, chances are it does — you can pair and connect your controller wirelessly.
This method also works for the newer PS5 DualSense controller, although that controller might not be supported by every game.
1. Open your PC's search menu (you can press the Windows key + Q to open it immediately) and search for "Bluetooth."
2. When "Bluetooth and other devices settings" appears in the search results, click on it.
3. Make sure your computer has Bluetooth enabled by setting the switch labeled "Bluetooth" to "On."
4. Hold down the Playstation and Share buttons on your controller until the backlight starts flashing.
5. On your PC, click "Add Bluetooth or other device," and select "Bluetooth."
6. You'll see your PS4 controller listed as "Wireless Controller." Click it to finalize the connection. If you're asked for a passcode, enter "0000."
Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.
How to use the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on a PC
Trust us; knowing how to use the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on a PC will come in handy sooner than you would think. Whether you’re new to PC gaming or haven’t really used a controller to PC games before, you’ll soon appreciate the benefits of playing with a PlayStation 4 controller when playing on your gaming PC.
Using a PS4 DualShock 4 controller is not only a bit more intuitive than using a keyboard and mouse, but depending on the keyboard that you have, there’s also less possibility of pressing the wrong keys. Because a PS4 controller’s layout includes all the buttons that most controller-based PC titles require, it’s also actually easy to switch over to the controller without having to think about it too much while gaming. Plus, you can lean back and relax while playing as it isn’t a peripheral you’d need to anchor to your desk.
Even PC purists who have sworn an oath to the traditional keyboard-and-mouse combo cannot deny its usefulness, especially when it comes to games when quick responses and fast movements are necessary. Since figuring out how to connect a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to PC is a pain-free process – you just need the controller itself, a Windows or Mac PC, and an available USB port (or your computer’s Bluetooth or a Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock USB Wireless Adaptor dongle, if you prefer to go wireless). Let us show you how.
Note that a controller's audio jack isn't currently supported, so you’ll have to either plug your headphones directly into your PC or use a pair of wireless headphones.
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How to use the PS4 DualShock controller in Steam
Steam, the popular storefront and game launcher, released an update that allows you to use the PS4 DualShock controller on your PC when running the application.
It's easy for you to plug in the Dualshock 4 controller and control your PC games. You can control the TV-friendly Big Picture Mode of Steam using the DualShock 4, and your games will now display PS4 button prompts in-game.
To use the PS4 DualShock controller on your PC in Steam, load up Steam and check for updates, then once the latest update has installed, plug in your DualShock 4 (or connect via Bluetooth) and you'll be good to go!
Unfortunately, this solution doesn’t work very well for everyone, so to find out how to use a PS4 DualShock controller on your PC without using Steam, read on below.
How to use the PS4 controller on PC
1. Download DS4Windows
While using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on your PC is pretty simple, it's not quite plug-and-play, as you'll need to install an additional piece of software to get it working on your PC.
The software is called DS4Windows, and it makes connecting the PS4 controller to your PC incredibly simple. It basically fools your PC into thinking the connected DualShock 4 is an Xbox 360 controller, which is supported in Windows.
To get it from the DS4Windows website just download the latest build from the GitHub page.
2. Install DS4Windows
Locate the downloaded Zip file, right-click on it and select 'Extract All…'
A window will appear asking you where you want to extract the files to. You can either choose to extract them to the folder to which you downloaded the zip file, or choose another folder.
Once the files have been extracted the destination folder will open, and you'll see two files. One, DS4Updater.exe, is a program that will keep the DS4Windows program updated with the latest drivers, so it's worth running this file if you encounter problems later.
Double-click the second file, DS4Windows.exe, to begin the setup procedure that will get the PS4 Dualshock Controller working on your PC.
3. Set up DS4Windows
When you launch DS4Windows for the first time you'll be asked where you want your settings and profiles to be saved – we'd recommend using the default selection of 'Appdata'.
A new window will open. Click 'Install the DS4 Driver' to enable you to use the PS4 DualShock controller in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
If you have Windows 7 or older then you'll need to click on 'Install 360 Driver' as well.
4. Connect the PS4 controller to your PC via USB
Now you'll be able to connect your PS4 DualShock 4 controller to your PC. You can do this in two ways – either via a USB cable or via Bluetooth.
To connect the PS4 DualShock controller to your PC via a USB cable you just need a regular micro USB cable – the same one that comes with many modern smartphones.
Once you've plugged the cable into both the DualShock controller and your PC, Windows should detect it, and you'll be ready to play PC games using the PS4 controller.
5. Connect the PS4 controller to your PC via Bluetooth
One of the best things about using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on your PC is that you can use it wirelessly, giving you far more flexibility when gaming.
The PS4 DualShock 4 controller uses Bluetooth, so you'll need to make sure your PC or laptop has a Bluetooth receiver built in. If it doesn't, you can buy a Bluetooth USB dongle such as the Tiny USB 2.0 Bluetooth Mini Wireless Adapter; not only is this small enough to be plugged unobtrusively into your PC, it's also pretty cheap at just £2.99 (around US$4.55, AU$6.40).
To connect the PS4 controller via Bluetooth, press and hold the central PS Button and the Share button for three seconds until the lightbar at the top of the controller begins to flash.
Next open up the Bluetooth settings on your PC. In Windows 10, click on the speech bubble icon in the Taskbar at the bottom-right corner of your screen. This opens up the Action Center – from there click 'Bluetooth' and then select 'Wireless Controller'.
You may be asked to enter a pair code – if so type in 0000. The PS4 DualShock controller will now be connected wirelessly to your PC.
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Pair DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller with other devices
If you would like to use your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller with compatible games and applications away from your PS4™ console, you can connect via Bluetooth® in a few steps.
DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth compatible devices
Devices using the operating systems listed below or later support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller Bluetooth connections. Once connected, you can use your wireless controller to control compatible games and applications via Bluetooth.
- Android™ 10
- iOS 13
- iPadOS 13
- macOS Catalina
- tvOS 13
Step 1: turn on DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller pairing mode
To use a controller on a device for the first time, turn on pairing mode:
- Make sure the light bar on the controller is off.
If the light bar is on, press and hold the PS button until it turns off. If a USB cable is connected to the controller, disconnect it.
- While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS Button until the light bar flashes.
Step 2: connect DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller via Bluetooth
- On your device, go to Bluetooth settings and enable Bluetooth.
- Select scan for new devices and then select the controller from the list of devices.
When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid color.
A controller can be paired with only one device at a time. Each time you change devices you must pair the controller with the new device.
DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller compatible games and applications
You can use your wireless controller to play games streamed from your PS5™ console or PS4™ console to your compatible device using the PS Remote Play app.
Your wireless controller can also be used to play games that support DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controllers.
If you are connecting a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a compatible Sony Xperia device, all functions are available.
For other devices, some wireless controller features are not available when connected via Bluetooth:
- Touchpad is not supported.
- The color of the light bar cannot be changed.
- Rumble, motion sensor, and headphone jack audio connection are not supported.
Reconnect DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to your console
To reconnect your wireless controller to your PS5 console or PS4 console, connect it with a compatible USB cable and press the PS button on the wireless controller. You can then remove the USB cable and use the controller wirelessly.
Need more help with your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller?
If you have followed the above instructions but believe your controller is not connecting properly, please visit the Fix & Replace diagnostic tool.
How to use a DualShock 4 PS4 controller on PC
Using the DualShock 4 PS4 controller on PC isn't to everyone's taste. We commend you for choosing to live the analogue life, rather than submit to the convoluted hand placement of a keyboard gamer.
Of all the options out there, the PS4 controller has become one of the team's favourite PC gaming controllers, not least because it feels great in your hands. The design retains the classic shape of the DualShock controller, but includes joysticks and triggers better suited to modern shooters and action games than its predecessor—though not as sensationally exciting as the PS5's DualSense controller.
Unfortunately, the DualShock 4's use of generic DirectInput drivers—as opposed to XInput that the Xbox controllers use—means using a PS4 controller on PC isn't quite as easy as plugging in an Xbox gamepad. It takes a little bit more work to get the DualShock 4 working on PC, but things are made easier thanks to Steam, the PC gaming community, and an official (optional) Bluetooth dongle. In fact, if Steam is your go-to, native Steam support makes it just as plug-and-play as an Xbox gamepad.
To start we'll walk you through getting your PS4 controller working with Steam. If you want to play games that aren't on Steam with your DualShock 4, DS4Windows is the tool for you.
What you need
- Dualshock 4 PS4 controller
- A micro-USB cable
- (Optional) Dualshock 4 USB wireless Bluetooth adapter
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Working with Steam
Using a PS4 controller in Steam
- Open Steam
- Go to Settings in top left dropdown
- Open Controller tab
- Click General Controller Settings
- Register device to your account
- Change preferences
- Calibrate joysticks
- Tick PlayStation Configuration Support
- Remap from Settings Controller tab/in game
Thanks to official Steam support, there's almost no setup involved in getting your PS4 controller working in Steam. Just be sure to pair or plug in your controller before opening Steam or any Steam games, otherwise your controller may not be recognized.
If you run into any connection issues, closing and reopening Steam should do the trick. Otherwise, try using a USB 2.0 port instead of a USB 3.0 port. DualShock 4s are weird like that.
Once connected, navigate to Steam's settings menu—under the top left dropdown—to get everything running smoothly. Under the Controller tab, open General Controller Settings; you should see your controller listed under Detected Controllers. From here you can register it to your account, so it will remember the settings on any PC you log into.
Click Preferences to rename, or change rumble and lighting settings. You can also click Calibrate to fine-tune the joysticks and gyro if you feel the need. One important tip: click the check box next to PlayStation Configuration Support if you want to be able to do extra configuration of the controller on a per-game basis.
Back in the Controller tab of the Settings menu, you can configure your controller for Big Picture and Desktop usage, as well, and even set up Guide Button Chord Configuration.
How to install DS4Windows for non-steam gaming
- Download Microsoft .NET Framework
- For Windows 7, get Xbox 360 controller driver
- Plug controller or Bluetooth dongle in
- Download DS4Windows and extract
- Open DS4Windows
- Check connection in the Controllers tab
- In Settings tab Hide DS4 Controller
- Set Use Xinput Ports to one
- Edit/Create a profile and remap
If you're just playing Steam games, you don't need to install anything else.
First, Download the newest Microsoft .NET Framework. If you're still stuck running Windows 7, install the Xbox 360 controller driver next. This driver is included with Windows 8 and 10.
Before you do anything else, plug in your PS4 controller with a micro-USB directly to your PC, or pair it through the Bluetooth menu, or with a USB wireless adapter.
Download and extract newest DS4Windows .zip file next, and open it up. You can ignore the DS4Updater if you already have the newest version.
Any controllers you've connected will be displayed under the Controllers tab. If not, close DS4Windows, reconnect your controller, then re-open the software. Don't worry about your controller's ID number, we won't be needing it.
Next, open the Settings tab in DS4Windows to configure a few things. Make sure the Hide DS4 Controller box is checked. This will prevent DS4Windows from conflicting with any game's default controller settings. For the same reason, make sure Use Xinput Ports is set to one.
From the Settings tab, you can also set DS4Windows to run at startup, or remain active in the background. You can also update DS4Windows directly from this tab by clicking Check for Update Now at the bottom left. Above that, you'll see Controller/Driver Setup. If you run into any issues, open this setup and follow the prompts to install any missing drivers.
DS4Windows works by reading your DualShock 4 as though it were an Xbox 360 controller. That means you won't get the correct Square/X/Triangle/Circle button icons by default in most games. Some games will give you the option to change, but either way, it'll now work with any game that has Xinput support—i.e. most every modern PC game that supports gamepads.
You don't have to remap anything, but if you want to change some buttons or adjust sensitivity outside of in-game menus, just open the Profiles tab in DS4Windows. If you're feeling confident, click New to start a new profile, though this is easier said than done. Otherwise, select the DualShock 4 profile and click Edit.
Let's say you want to swap your bumpers and triggers. First, find L1/R1 and L2/R2 in the scroll wheel in the Controls section, or just click them on the virtual controller. You want to swap L1 with L2 and R1 with R2, so start by clicking L2.
Then, just click the button you want L2 to act as—in this case, L1. Voila, your left trigger will now act as your left bumper. Repeat this process with the other triggers and bumpers to complete the change and prevent redundancy. You can save this button setup as a separate profile and swap between profiles in the Controllers tab.
Connect via Bluetooth
How to connect your PS4 controller via Bluetooth
- Hold controller's Share and PS button until it flashes
- Push dongle button until it starts flashing
- Or, add your controller in your PC's Bluetooth menu
- Pairing should happen automatically
- Don't unplug the adapter, it'll save the last connection
To connect your PS4 controller via Bluetooth, simply hold the small Share button and the central circular button simultaneously until the controller's backlight starts flashing, then push on the end of the adapter until it starts flashing. Once both are flashing, they will automatically pair after a few seconds.
For a PC with Bluetooth built-in, just navigate to the Bluetooth menu and select your controller from the Add Bluetooth devices list once it's started flashing.
Luckily, you don't have to pair your controller every time you want to use it. As long as you don't unplug the adapter, it will save its last connection, so you can just tap your controller's central PlayStation button to reconnect it.
The official Sony DualShock 4 USB wireless adapter is the simplest Bluetooth option. You may have to hunt for it or spend a little more than you would on a standard Bluetooth dongle, but it's worth it for its out-of-the-box functionality.
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