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How to connect and pair a PS4 controller to your PC using Bluetooth or a USB cable

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 03 Apr 2021


<div><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Zhy5GG1e81Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Hardcore <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/pc-gaming" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PC gamers</a> often swear by the precision of a mouse and keyboardit's so popular that <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-keyboard-and-mouse-on-ps4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">even console players sometimes prefer keyboards to joysticks</a>.</p><p>However, there's no denying that leaning back with a controller in your hand is much more relaxing than crouching over a mouse and keyboard.</p><p>Fortunately, just like you can connect your mouse and keyboard to a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/ps4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PS4</a>, you can likewise connect your PS4 controller to a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/pc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PC</a>.</p><p>Here are three different ways to connect your PS4 controller to a Windows 10 PC.</p><h2><strong>How to connect PS4 controller</strong><strong>to</strong> PC <strong>with USB</strong></h2><p>If you want to connect the controller with a micro-USB cable (the same cable you use to charge the controller), you have two options.</p><h3><strong>Connect via Steam</strong></h3><p>If you're a PC gamer, chances are that you have a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-download-steam" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steam</a> account. Luckily, Steam makes connecting new controllers easy.</p><p><strong>1.</strong> Open Steam and click the "Big Picture Mode" icon in the top-rightit looks like a square with two arrows pointing out.</p><p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5fb59ec432f2170011f6febd-1920/1%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="1 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="William Antonelli/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Open Big Picture Mode, which turns Steam into a full-screen application."></p><p><strong>2.</strong> Once in Big Picture Mode, select the gear icon at the top-right to navigate to Settings.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5fb59ef332f2170011f6febe-1920/2%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="2 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="William Antonelli/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="You can click the power button icon next to the gear to close Big Picture Mode, and Steam."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> Under the "Controller" tab, click "Controller Settings."</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5fb59f3650e71a001155613e-1920/3%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="3 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Other Steam options, like display and audio controls, can be found here as well."></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Check the box for "PlayStation Configuration Support."</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5fb59f7432f2170011f6fec0-1920/4%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="4 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Steam has the ability to connect controllers across gaming platforms."></p><p><strong>5.</strong> Plug the PS4 controller into your PCusing the micro-USB cable. Make sure the backlight on the controller glows to indicate there's a connection.</p><p><strong>6.</strong> Steam should automatically detect and configure your controller. Click it when it appears at the bottom of the page.</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5fb59feb50e71a0011556140-1189/5%20%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="5 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Jeremy Dreyfuss, Justin Gmoser/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Click the controller's name when it appears."></p><h3><strong>Connect via DS4 Windows Utility</strong></h3><p>If you want to use the wired controller with a non-Steam game, this is another option.</p><p><strong>1.</strong> In a web browser on your PC, go to <a href="http://ds4windows.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DS4Windows.com</a>. Click "Download Now."</p><p><strong>2.</strong> You'll be redirected to Github. Find and click the DS4Windows.zip file, and then download it onto your computer.</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a04c50e71a0011556143-1655/11%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="11 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="The most recent version of this software was released in 2016, but it still works."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> Find the downloaded .zip file on your computer and open it, and then double-click "DS4Updater" and click "Extract All."</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a08032f2170011f6fec8-1242/14%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="14 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Files with the .zip extension should be extracted before they run."></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Pick a location for the files to be extracted toit should be a location that you can find easily.</p><p><strong>5.</strong> Once extracted, open the location you picked and double-click "DS4Windows." If you're asked to confirm that you want to run the program, click "Run."</p><p><strong>6.</strong> You'll be asked where you want to save the program's files. If you don't care where they go, pick "Appdata"if you want to be able to move them around, pick "Program Folder" and select a location.</p><p><strong>7.</strong> Once you've picked a spot to save the files, click "Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver" and let the program install its files. If you're asked whether you'd like to install the software, click "Install."</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a0ac32f2170011f6fec9-1167/16%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="16 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Assuming you're on a Windows 10 computer, select the first option."></p><p>You can now use the PS4 controller on your PC with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first.</p><h2><strong>How to connect PS4 controller</strong> <strong>to PC with Bluetooth</strong></h2><p>If your PCsupports Bluetoothand if it was made in the last ten years, chances are it doesyou can pair and connect your controller wirelessly.</p><p>This method also works for the newer PS5 DualSense controller, although that controller might not be supported by every game.</p><p><strong>1.</strong> Open your PC'ssearch menu (you can press the Windows key + Q to open it immediately) and search for "Bluetooth."</p><p><strong>2.</strong> When "Bluetooth and other devices settings" appears in the search results, click on it.</p><p><strong>3.</strong> Make sure your computer has Bluetooth enabled by setting the switch labeled "Bluetooth" to "On."</p><p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a16e32f2170011f6fecc-1127/6%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="6 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Enable Bluetooth connections."></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Hold down the Playstation and Share buttons on your controller until the backlight starts flashing.</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/5f9c614e69331a0011bc66ea-2400/f91041d4-e83a-41ce-861e-4873e0c674e837fae6f754ce8fd6de13e37dfd6da4056.png" border="0" alt="f91041d4 e83a 41ce 861e 4873e0c674e8_3.7fae6f754ce8fd6de13e37dfd6da4056" data-mce-source="Sony; skitching by William Antonelli" data-mce-caption="Hold down the PlayStation and Share buttons."></p><p><strong>5.</strong> On your PC, click "Add Bluetooth or other device," and select "Bluetooth."</p><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a1b250e71a001155614c-1176/7%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="7 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="&amp;quotBluetooth&amp;quot is the first, default optionif this doesn't work, pick &amp;quotEverything else&amp;quot instead."></p><p><strong>6.</strong> You'll see your PS4 controller listed as "Wireless Controller." Click it to finalize the connection. If you're asked for a passcode, enter "0000."</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5fb5a1d932f2170011f6fece-1134/8%20-%20How%20to%20connect%20PS4%20controller%20to%20PC.png" border="0" alt="8 How to connect PS4 controller to PC" data-mce-source="Emma Witman/Business Insider" data-mce-caption="You may see the controller under an alternative name as well, like &amp;quotDualshock 4.&amp;quot"></p><p><em>Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article</em>.</p><bi-shortcode id="related-article-module-end-of-article" class="mceNonEditable"><a data-type="5dee9c73fd9db2064c4fe073" data-title="'Which VR headsets work with Steam'': A full guide to virtual reality on the Steam gaming app" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/which-vr-headsets-work-with-steam" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5deea18efd9db2785a050e17">'Which VR headsets work with Steam'': A full guide to virtual reality on the Steam gaming app</a><a data-type="5da61acfcc4a0a252e26ba48" data-title="How to connect your PS4 controller to a Mac computer wirelessly to play digitally downloaded games" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-connect-ps4-controller-to-mac" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5da61df04af909170e5ef9c5">How to connect your PS4 controller to a Mac computer wirelessly to play digitally downloaded games</a><a data-type="5da8c9934af909281c571963" data-title="'Why won't my PS4 controller charge'': How to troubleshoot your controller in 4 ways" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-wont-my-ps4-controller-charge" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5da8d5f4cc4a0a6bc6537587">'Why won't my PS4 controller charge'': How to troubleshoot your controller in 4 ways</a><a data-type="5d7ab1fd2e22af049f513195" data-title="How to charge a PlayStation 4 controller using your PS4 console" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-charge-ps4-controller" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5d7ab0082e22af2d49518d19">How to charge a PlayStation 4 controller using your PS4 console</a></bi-shortcode><h3></h3><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-all-in-one-pc'tht" >The best all-in-one PCs you can buy</a></strong></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-connect-ps4-controller-to-pc#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p>
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