If you’re unsure how to connect PS4 controller to Mac, then read on. This article will show you some tips that will set your rig up for the perfect gaming experience.
With gaming, the ability to use a controller is convenient and engaging. Connecting your controller to your Mac is even better, as it enhances your PC gaming time.
How to Connect PS4 Controller to Mac
You can connect your controller to your Mac through an official wireless adapter, a micro USB cable, or a Bluetooth wireless connection. The easiest way to connect a PS4 controller to a Mac is through the Micro USB cable.
A Detailed Look at Controller Connections
Before attempting a connection, make sure you have the latest controller available for the optimal settings. You can find them on Amazon.
A Micro USB first requires a cable to link your controller to the Mac. Press the Playstation button in the center of the gamepad to turn it on. Then select Apple and About this Mac. Click on System Report and then USB. Look for the wireless controller icon.
The icon will show as “wireless” despite being linked through a cable. If you see this icon, then your controller is configured and ready for use. There is one thing to note if you use Steam. Steam offers full DuckShock 4 controller support across Mac and PC. This means you won’t need to adjust any settings when playing a supported game on Steam.
Official Wireless Adapter
Although the Mac doesn’t have any “plug and play” support for the DualShock 4, Sony has a wireless USB adapter you can use. The adapter enables wireless connections for Macs and PCs; but they are pricey and cheaper alternatives exist, like the Micro-USB.
Bluetooth Wireless Connection
Using Bluetooth to connect your PS4 to a Mac is convenient as you can game wirelessly and without buying the official adapter. Configuring a PS4 controller through Bluetooth is more tedious than other methods, but it isn’t difficult.
Begin by turning your Bluetooth on. Open the System Preferences under the Apple menu. Click Bluetooth. Place the controller in Discovery Mode by pressing the Playstation button and Share button simultaneously. The front of your controller should flash quickly, and the Wireless Controller icon will display within the Bluetooth window. Click the pairing option. Once the light on your controller remains steady, your controller is connected via Bluetooth.
1. How Do I Unpair a PS4 DualShock Controller From My PlayStation?
If you plan to use a controller that is already linked to a Playstation, you need to unpair it from the console before configuring it for a Mac. To do this, turn on your Playstation. Select Settings from the menu screen. Then click Devices, Bluetooth Devices, DualShock 4, and disconnect.
2. Does the Controller Charge While Connected to the Mac?
If you’re using the Micro-USB, the controller can charge while you play. When you plug it in via the cable, an orange light should appear on the touchpad. This indicates the device is charging.
2. Is There an Easier Way to Connect to Bluetooth?
Yes, you can make the Bluetooth connection better by using an app called ToothFairy. This app lets you add and manage any Bluetooth devices. Launch ToothFairy and highlight the controller from the device listing. In the settings, you can add an icon that will connect your controller with a single click. ToothFairy also provides hotkey support and battery life warnings for your DualShock 4.
3. What Options Are There on Steam?
You can change the controller settings by opening Steam and choosing Settings, then Controller, and General Controller Settings. Now select the name of the joystick from the menu.
To access additional customizations, open Steam and enable Big Picture Mode by clicking the controller in the top-right of the window. You can also click the View menu to enter Big Picture Mode. Click the gear icon for the settings and select PS4 Controller. This will enable you to adjust mappings and other settings.
4. What Else Can I Do With My PS4 Controller on Mac?
With a program named Open Emu, one of the best Mac emulators available, you can support DualShock 4 for retro games. Plug the controller in and the program should detect and sync your DualShock 4. Mapping to an NES or another retro controller may take a few minutes. You can also use Open Emu for some computer-only games.
Syncing your PS4 controller to your Mac is easy once you understand the steps involved. With a linked controller, you’ll experience the convenience and joy of using your controller on your Mac, whether wirelessly or with a Micro-USB cable. Remember to de-sync your controller from your console before linking to your Mac. Happy gaming!