Does PUBG Mobile Have Controller Support?

Can you use a controller on PUBG Mobile? While the game might not officially have controller support, this guide will show you how to connect a controller to your Android device in no time -- as well as how to map PUBG Mobile's controls to your gamepad.

Does PUBG Mobile have controller support? Yes ... kind of. Using a controller for the mobile battle royale hit is a bit complicated.

The official word from Tencent and Bluehole is that controllers and mobile gamepads aren't officially supported by PUBG Mobile on any device, Android- or iOS-based. You can connect a controller and move around using the analog sticks, but that's about it. So you won't be able to shoot or pick up items. 

However, some resourceful Android users have found a way around the issue by using rooted devices. As of this writing, the method seems to work just fine for some controllers, but it could be patched out, so keep that in mind. 

Note: If you're playing PUBG Mobile on an iOS device, the method below won't work as of this writing ... mainly because we all know that Apple products can be difficult. 

PUBG Mobile Controller Support for Android 

To connect a controller to PUBG Mobile, you'll first need to take screenshots of PUBG Mobile's controls so you can properly map them later on. This can literally be any screen that shows all of PUBG Mobile's controls, such as the screenshot below: 

PUBG Mobile in-game Controls Screen

Once you've done that, make sure your Android device is rooted and that you've got a USB to OTG adapter and a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller. Finally, you'll need to buy the Sixaxis Controller App. Unfortunately, it's no longer on the Google Play Store, so you'll have to search the web to find a download site.  

After you've downloaded the Sixaxis Controller App and connected your Dualshock to your Android device via the OTG adapter, pair the controller to the device by clicking "Pair Controller." 

Once you've done that, disconnect the Dualshock from the device and press the PS button to turn the controller on. Your device should now recognize the controller. Next, go into the Sixaxis App's settings and follow this path: Settings > Touch Emulator > Edit Profile. 

When you're presented with the white screen that says "Double Tap for Menu," double tap to open your device's menu and select the photo of PUBG Mobile's controls you took when we started. 

Make sure the picture is right-side up and choose "Add Button" to open a menu of all assignable buttons. Choose the button you want to assign, and when the menu closes, drag that button to the control point you want to assign. 

Save, and you're done. Unfortunately, you'll have to open the "Add Button" menu every time you want to assign a new control point, so keep in mind what buttons you've already used. 

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This method of using a controller with an Android device should also work for a lot of other games on the Google Play Store -- so experiment and see what works! And now that you have controller support for PUBG Mobile, getting those chicken dinners will (in theory) be a lot easier! 

Thanks to Youtuber Kimmy's Portal for the tips on how to play PUBG Mobile with a controller. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PUBG Mobile guides.

Senior Editor - Video

Published Mar. 20th 2018

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