Connect the PS4 controller to an Apple Mac or MacBook via USB or Bluetooth

Play with the PS4 controller on a Mac? This is possible via USB or Bluetooth. Here are instructions for connecting the PlayStation 4 controller and Apple computer. (Image: Amazon, Apple assembly: Johannes Domke)

If you want to connect a PS4 controller to the Apple Mac in order to play with a good control unit on a very good computer, then you're in luck. Because here I have put together a guide for you to pair the PlayStation 4 controller and Mac or MacBook. So if you're looking for a gaming controller for the Mac: take the PS4. It can be easily connected to the computer via USB or Bluetooth.

Play with the PS4 controller on a Mac? This is possible via USB or Bluetooth. Here are instructions for connecting the PlayStation 4 controller and Apple computer. (Image: Amazon, Apple assembly: Johannes Domke)

Play with the PS4 controller on a Mac? This is possible via USB or Bluetooth. Here are instructions for connecting the PlayStation 4 controller and Apple computer. (Image: Amazon, Apple assembly: Johannes Domke)

Play with the PS4 controller via USB on the Mac

If you connect the PlayStation 4 controller to a USB port on the Mac or MacBook is connected, then this is the easiest way to gamble on the Apple computer. However, the trend is more and more towards wireless operation of pretty much all devices. Therefore, for the sake of completeness, here is the possibility to connect the PS4 controller to the Mac via USB:

  • Step 1: Connect the controller to the Mac / MacBook using a suitable micro USB to USB cable
  • Step 2: Press the PlayStation button on the controller
  • Step 3: Select "About This Mac" in the Apple menu (Apple)
  • Step 4: Select “USB” for the hardware in the “System Report”
  • Step 5: Select the "Wireless Controller" listed there

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Connect the PS4 controller to the Apple Mac via Bluetooth

Granted, there aren't too many games Apps for the mac. But precisely because of the move away from DVDs that can be purchased towards the App Store, more and more titles are being added. In addition, the merger of macOS and iOS is making it increasingly clear that sooner or later iPhone game apps will also be available as Mac apps (and vice versa).

Enough of the preface, you couple the PS4 controller with the Apple computer via Bluetooth:

  • Step 1: Go to the system settings of the Mac / MacBook
  • Step 2: Then select the item "Bluetooth"
  • Step 3: Press the share button and the power button on the PS4 controller at the same time
  • Step 4: The controller light should now flash, the wireless controller appears in the overview of the Mac
  • Step 5: Now all you have to do is connect; so click on "Connect"

Conclusion on the topic

Not every game supports the use of a wireless controller on a Mac. But with the PS4 controller, those game apps that do this can be played much more comfortably. Even if you may first have to dig into the control system at first. How about you, have you ever paddled with the PlayStation Controller on your Mac? Feel free to leave a comment;)



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  1. Rocco says:

    Can I play with the playstation controller with the Apple TV?

  2. Colin says:

    both do not work for me :(

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Colin! I'm sorry. Unfortunately, I don't have a controller here at the moment with which I could try it. But what's wrong with you? Can't find the device when searching for bluetooth devices on the ATV?

  3. Berlin44 says:

    Hello, what exactly do you mean by "Step 5: Select the" Wireless Controller "listed there?"
    I can see the controller, but I can't select it.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      that's a bit unfortunate, admittedly. The steps for the controller connected via USB are basically only intended as a control to see whether it is recognized. If you select it, information about the device (manufacturer, etc.) is displayed. This is how you can see if it has been correctly identified. There is not much more to it than that.
      Best Regards

  4. Paul says:

    Hi folks, can you tell me how I can change the key assignment on the controller?
    I can't do it and can't find a reasonable thread on the Internet ...

    Otherwise, many thanks for the tips.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hi Paul,

      since I don't have a controller at hand, I can't look for a general solution.

      In which software or in which game do you want to use the PS4 controller? Most platforms like Steam or the individual games have hidden the key assignment in their control options.

      Best Regards

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Paul! I could throw "BetterTouchTool" into the ring. With this you can actually adjust all the assignments of USB mice and other USB controllers to your own taste. Maybe that will help you? If you try it out, it would be great if you could briefly write here whether it worked or not. If others also have the problem ... LG!

  5. kate says:

    Hello, I have a problem:
    The PS4 controller is recognized by my Macbook, but cannot be connected to the computer via USB or Bluetooth and can therefore not be used in Fortnite. I have already reset the controller and performed a PRAM and SMC reset on the Mac - without success.
    I can't find a really helpful approach to solving the problem on the Internet. Someone wrote something about deleting or renaming plists, but I couldn't even find them on my computer. What else could i try?
    I am grateful for any help.

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Käthe! You can find the .plist files in the "Library"> "Preferences" folder. You can access the library folder in the Finder via the "Go" menu (by holding down the ALT key).
      Otherwise, I don't fully understand how the MacBook recognizes the controller, but you can't connect to it. If it's "visible", you can actually use it.

  6. Kathe says:

    Hi and thanks for the quick reply. In the meantime I have already found and deleted the Bluetooth plist file, but that didn't help either. Normally the controller should of course connect, but it doesn't. The problem seems to occur more often - I found some questions about it on the internet - but unfortunately no answers. My computer runs on Mac OS Catalina, which should be compatible with the controller - so it can't be because of that ... who else could be familiar with something like that ?!

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