How to Use your Phone as a Controller for PS5

Using your phone as a controller for PS5 is helpful if a friend wants to join the game or you lost your controller. Sony has implemented an in-house solution to facilitate remote playing from your phone – an app called PS Remote Play, available on Android and iOS.

How to Use PS Remote Play to use your phone as a controller

PS Remote Play is an app that lets you use your phone as a controller for PS5 and allows you to take your PS5 games anywhere. You can play PS5 games wherever you want if you have a stable internet connection. Here’s how to use PS Remote Play:

  1. Download the PS Remote Play app on  Android or iOS.

    PS remote play app on Android
    Installing the PS Remote Play app from Google Play Store
  2. Sign in using the same PlayStation Network account you use on the PS5
  3. Turn on the PS5 and navigate to Settings > System > Remote Play

    Enabling Remote Play On PS5 settings
    Enabling Remote Play On PS5 System Settings
  4. Turn on “Enable Remote Play

    Enabling turning on PS5 using Network
    “Turn on PS5 from Network” allows you to start Remote Play from rest mode
  5. If you want to use Remote Play in Rest Mode, go to Settings > System> Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode and turn on Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning on PS5 from Network.
  6. Start the PS Remote Play app on your phone

    Selecting PS5 to connect to on phone
    Selecting PS5 to connect to on PS Remote Play App
  7. Select PS5 and wait a few seconds for the devices to connect

    Pairing up with the console using remote play
    First time pairing can take several minutes, don’t close the app during the process
  8. Once connected, the PS5 screen will be displayed on your phone

    PS5 displaying on smartphone
    The PS5 interface is being displayed on a smartphone using Remote Play
  9. A virtual controller will appear anytime you tap the screen

    Remote play controller layout
    PS Remote Play app’s virtual controller
  10. Start a game using the virtual D-Pad and X button

    PS5 dashboard on phone
    The whole PS5 dashboard is replicated on the mobile app
  11. You can now play the game using your phone as a controller 

How to Quit Remote Play

  1. Tap the phone screen, so the controls are displayed

    Quitting remote play
    Quitting Remote Play on the smartphone
  2. Click on the Options button displayed in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings and then Disconnect 
  4. A warning message, “This Remote Play Session will be disconnected, ” appears.
  5. Press OK, and the session will close, turning off the ability to use your phone as a controller

Device pairing is automatically done the next time you use Remote Play.

Connecting a second time to the same console is easy
Connecting a second time to the same console is easy

Use high-speed internet for a smoother gameplay experience. Connecting to the same network as your PS5 can result in a better response.

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