How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a PC or Phone

Have you wondered if you could connect controllers to computers or phones? You’ll be glad to hear that the answer is a resounding yes. As long as you have the right connection methods, you can connect a PS3 controller to your devices.


How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a PC or Phone


If you’re curious and want to learn how to connect a PS3 controller to a PC or phone, you’re in luck. You can find the many methods for both platforms and their different versions here. We’ll also answer some of your burning questions.


How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a PC


There are two ways you can prepare your PC to accept a PS3 controller. You’ll need a Bluetooth or wired connection, but a wire is still always necessary.


Both methods will require you to download ScpToolkit.


Getting ScpToolkit


Before you can use a PS3 controller on your PC, you’ll need to download the following software:



  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package

  • Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.5

  • Microsoft DirectX End-User runtime

  • Xbox 360 controller driver (Windows 7 only, others not needed)

  • ScpToolkit


First, you need to install the first four packages if you haven’t already. Next, you’ll start installing ScpToolkit.


These are the steps for installing ScpToolkit:



  1. Run the ScpToolkit installer.

  2. If you want to enable wireless connections, enable “ScpToolkit Bluetooth Pair Utility.”

  3. After the installation process, click the large green button called “Run Driver Installer” to go on.

  4. Check the box next to “Install Dualshock 3 driver” if it isn’t checked.

  5. For Bluetooth connections, you can choose to install Bluetooth drivers if you wish.

  6. Choose the PS3 controllers to install by checking the square beside the option.

  7. Select the PS3 controller to install.

  8. Wait for the installation process to end.

  9. After this, ScpToolkit will launch on startup in the future.


These steps assume that you’re connecting any PS3 controller to your PC. This makes things easier, but in the future, you can connect your controller to your PC via Bluetooth.


Connecting via Bluetooth


After you follow the steps above, you can unplug your controller. It should take only a few seconds for the controller to sync up with your PC via Bluetooth. If your computer doesn’t have native Bluetooth functionality, you need to purchase a Bluetooth dongle.


Many laptops already have Bluetooth capabilities built-in, so you probably don’t need one. Even so, some dongles offer a better connection than the stock laptop Bluetooth function your laptop has.


Since ScpToolkit launches on startup, the next time you turn your PC on, you can plug your controller in again and unplug it. Unfortunately, you’ll need to have a USB cable handy, but after the initial unplugging step, you can use the PS3 controller wirelessly.


How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a Mac


Connecting a PS3 controller to a Mac is quite simple. There’s no need to install anything. However, depending on your OS X version, the steps can differ.


OS X 10.9 and Above


The process for connecting your controller to OS X 10.9 and above goes like this:



  1. Disconnect your controller from your PS3 if needed.

  2. On your Mac, open the menu and select “System Preferences.”

  3. Click the “Bluetooth” option.

  4. Connect the PS3 controller to your Mac via USB cable.

  5. Press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller.

  6. Your controller should connect within moments.

  7. At this point, you can unplug the cable.

  8. Play your games with the PS3 controller.


You can keep the cable connected for charging purposes, but otherwise, you can disconnect it.


Pre-OS X 10.9


These are the steps for Pre-OS X 10.9 Macs:



  1. Disconnect your controller from your PS3 if needed.

  2. Connect the PS3 controller to your Mac via USB cable.

  3. On your Mac, open the menu and select “System Preferences.”

  4. Click the “Bluetooth” option.

  5. Press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller.

  6. Unplug the USB cable.

  7. Click the “+” button in the bottom-left corner of the Bluetooth devices menu.

  8. Type “0000” without the parentheses into the pairing code window.

  9. Select “Accept” or “Pair” depending on the OS X version.

  10. Click the PS3 controller’s name in the Bluetooth devices window.

  11. Click the Gear icon below.

  12. Check both “Add to Favorites” and “Update Services” options.

  13. You can now start playing games with the PS3 controller.


Older versions of OS X will require this more complicated process.


How to Connect a PS3 Controller to an Android Device


Sixaxis Enabler


You can connect any PS3 controller to an Android device by using Sixaxis Enabler. This app doesn’t require rooting your Android phone, so you can keep its warranty and avoid the risk of bricking it. Here’s how you’ll do it:



  1. Purchase and install Sixaxis Enabler from the Google Play Store.

  2. Launch Sixaxis Enabler.

  3. Connect the PS3 controller to your phone with an OTG cable.

  4. Press and hold the PlayStation button.

  5. Allow the app to access the controller.

  6. When your phone displays “Sixaxis Enabled”, you can try using the controller.

  7. It should work with your games now.


Not all phones are compatible with Sixaxis Enabler, so you’ll have to test yours and see if the controller works.


How to Connect a PS3 Controller to an iPhone


You can connect a PS3 controller to your iPhone, but this requires jailbreaking to work. Here’s how:



  1. Download SixaxisPairTool and launch it.

  2. Connect both your iPhone and the PS3 controller to your computer via two separate cables.

  3. Get your iPhone’s Bluetooth address and enter it into SixaxisPairTool.

  4. Select “Update.”

  5. Download and install Blutrol.

  6. Launch Blutrol.

  7. Select the “Controller” tab.

  8. Choose the PS3 controller.

  9. At this point, you can detach the PS3 controller from your PC.

  10. To configure the controller for your games, take a screenshot of the game where the on-screen controls are displayed.

  11. Go back to Blutrol and open the “Games” tab.

  12. Select the “+” sign.

  13. Select the screenshot from earlier and choose either the portrait or landscape mode, depending on how you took it.

  14. Select “Add” and choose the PS3 controller you wish, and select either portrait or landscape as before.

  15. Drag and adjust the PS3 buttons onscreen until they match with the original controls.

  16. Select “Done” when you’re finished.

  17. Play the game.


You can use Blutrol for more than just games too. Simply adjust the controls to something you’re comfortable with. Perhaps you can dream up some interesting ways to use your favorite apps.


How Are You Playing so Well?


Now that you know how to connect a PS3 controller to a PC or phone, you can start dominating in games. Your friends will wonder why you move so smoothly, especially on mobile. The process might take some time, so you need to be patient.


Do you believe the methods of connecting a PS3 controller are complicated? What’s your preferred controller for games? Let us know in the comments section below.

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