How to connect Xbox Series X Controller to iPhone or iPad

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Xbox Series X

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If you enjoy the idea of mobile gaming but are less than enthused with how the control schemes work, then there is good news. If you have recently purchased an Xbox Series X, then you can use Microsoft’s latest iteration of their controller to connect to your iPhone or iPad, giving you a more traditional method of playing games on your mobile device.

  1. Hold down the small button at the top of the controller until the Xbox button begins to flash.
  2. Take your iPhone and iPad and open the Settings app
  3. Tap the “Bluetooth” option to open another new menu
  4. Once in the Bluetooth Menu, the Xbox controller should appear as one of the devices that can be paired with it. Click this and the devices will now be linked.

Now you will be able to use your Xbox Series X controller to play games on your iPad or iPhone. As you can see, it only takes a few simple steps to take advantage of this feature. 

It should be noted, this is different from the Microsoft XCloud service, which streams games to your phone. The game is still running natively on your mobile device, you are simply controlling the game with the Xbox Series X controller.

One thing to watch out for is that not all games will support the use of thumbsticks in the menus, so you may need to use the D-Pad on your controller to navigate them.