How to Connect Xbox One Controller to iPhone


With the rollout of iOS 13 in late 2019, Apple is finally making it possible to connect an Xbox One wireless controller to your iPhone that can be used to more easily play video games on your device. It’s important to note that you won’t be able to connect older Xbox One wireless controllers, and only newer Xbox One wireless controllers can be connected to your iPhone. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below. You can check out my other articles to learn how to connect your Xbox One controller to an Android device, or how to connect your Xbox One controller to Steam.

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Steps to Connect Xbox One Controller to iPhone

  1. Tap to launch the “Settings” app. You’ll arrive at the Settings screen.
  2. Tap “Bluetooth” toward the top of the list of menu options. The Bluetooth screen appears. Tap the toggle to enable Bluetooth if it isn’t already turned on.
  3. Turn on your Xbox One wireless controller, and then press and hold down the “Pairing” button that sits along the top edge of the controller, directly above the micro-USB charging port. Release the Pairing button when the Xbox button starts flashing, indicating the Xbox One controller is in Pairing mode.
  4. Look in the Other Devices section toward the bottom part of your iPhone’s Bluetooth screen. You should now see Xbox Wireless Controller in this list. If you don’t see it, try toggling Bluetooth on and off on your iPhone, and putting your Xbox One wireless controller in Pairing mode again.
  5. Tap “Xbox Wireless Controller” in the Other Devices section. After a few seconds the device will be moved into the My Devices section and will show as connected, indicating that you’ve successfully paired your Xbox One wireless controller with your iPhone.

Reasons to Connect Your Xbox One Controller to Your iPhone

1. Improved Gaming Experience

One of the main advantages of connecting your Xbox One controller to your iPhone is the improved gaming experience. Many iOS games support Xbox controllers, allowing you to play with a more immersive and comfortable setup.

2. Convenient Option

Another benefit of connecting your Xbox One controller to your iPhone is the convenience factor. Rather than having to purchase and carry a separate mobile gaming controller, you can use the Xbox controller you already have on hand. Plus, this setup allows you to enjoy your favorite games anywhere, anytime.

3. Cross-Platform Compatibility

The Xbox One controller can be used on multiple devices, including the Xbox console, PC, and iOS devices. By connecting your controller to your iPhone, you can enjoy a consistent gaming experience across all your devices.

4. Accessible Design

For individuals with larger hands or physical disabilities, a larger controller can provide a more comfortable gaming experience. The Xbox One controller offers a larger and ergonomic design, making it a great option for these gamers.

5. Multiplayer Gaming

If you’re a fan of multiplayer games, connecting your Xbox One controller to your iPhone can provide an enjoyable experience. With familiar button mapping, you can easily jump into multiplayer games with friends or online opponents.

6. Console-Style Games On The Go

With the growing popularity of console-style games on mobile, connecting your Xbox One controller to your iPhone can provide an authentic gaming experience while on-the-go. With familiar controller layout and button mapping, you can enjoy your favorite console games without sacrificing gameplay quality.

7. Retro Gaming

Finally, if you’re a fan of classic games, connecting your Xbox One controller to your iPhone can provide a traditional console gaming experience. Rather than using a touch screen, you can play retro games with the feel of a traditional controller.

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