How to connect your phone to a PS4

There is no better feeling than being able to game on the go, and the PlayStation 4 allows us to do just this. Although the PlayStation Vita and PSP have been discontinued, we PlayStation users are still able to take their gaming on the go by connecting your smartphone to your PlayStation.

By simply downloading the PlayStation mobile app and having wifi connection, we are able to take our PlayStation everywhere we go. Download the app and follow these instructions to be able to take your favorite PlayStation games everywhere with you.

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How to use the PlayStation Mobile app

The PlayStation mobile app allows you to browse PlayStation profiles, compare trophies, and purchase content from within the app. It will then automatically download to your console as long as it’s active or in standby mode. The app lacks some functionality such as messaging ,which has been moved to a stand-alone app, but it remains a worthwhile companion for PS4 owners. If you need to message a friend on PlayStation Network (PSN) or check your PlayStation account from your phone, you can also use Sony’s new My PlayStation social portal in your web browser.

Either way, we’ll take you through the process of connecting your phone to a PS4, step by step.

Step 1: Download the PlayStation app

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Before downloading the PlayStation application for iOS or Android, you’ll want to update your smartphone or tablet to the latest version of the operating system. For iOS users, you’ll want at least version 7.0, while Android users will need version 4.0 at the very least. Once updated, head over to either iTunes or Google Play and enter “PlayStation” in the search field to locate the app.

Tap the Install button to begin downloading the app to your smartphone or tablet as you would normally, and launch it once installed. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your PSN account, which you’ll need to do. After signing in, you’ll have access to most of the app’s features, including events, livestreams, and the PlayStation Store.

Step 2: Sync your smartphone or tablet with your PS4

Playstation App - Second Screen

Previously available in the same app, the Second Screen experience is now only accessible via a separate app. Head to the app store on your mobile device and search for PS4 Second Screen. You can also find a link to your respective app store by hitting the PlayStation symbol at the bottom of the page and selecting Second Screen. Open the app and you’ll automatically be signed in under the same account as the main PlayStation app, and you’ll see any available PS4 systems that are ready to use.

Step 3: Use the app

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With your smartphone or tablet now synced to your PS4, you have access to a wide range of features. The biggest difference you’ll notice once your phone and console are linked? Several PS4 games, such as Metal Gear Solid V and Watch Dogs, feature companion functionality you can use while gaming.

The Battlefield 4 app, for instance, provides access to your PSN friends and your multiplayer stats, and even lets you customize your weapons and character loadouts on your mobile device. The PlayStation App did once provide access to a messaging service, but communicating with friends and enemies has been relocated to the PlayStation Messages App, which is also free and available on both Android and iOS.

Using My PlayStation

My Playstation Mobile

If you don’t want to use a dedicated app to control your PlayStation friends’ list and a second app to message your friends, Sony also gives you access to your PSN profile through its My PlayStation service in your phone’s web browser. Introduced in February 2018, My PlayStation lets you message friends, view trophies, and update your profile on the go. It does not, however, allow you to connect directly with your console like the dedicated app does.

To use it, just head to my.playstation.com and sign in with your PlayStation Network account. You can also find it by visiting the PlayStation homepage and signing in — the My PlayStation tile will be in the top-right corner. Once you’ve signed in, you can view your friends list, trophies, and profile by clicking on the drop-down menu at the top of the screen. To message individual friends, go to their profile and select the Send Message option.

Using PS4 Remote Play

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You can easily control your PS4 using Remote Play on your phone. First, make sure your PS4 is powered on. On your phone, go to the store and download the app

Open the app and log in to your PlayStation Network account. Your PS4 should appear on a list in the app. Select your PS4 to connect. If the app doesn’t find your PS4 automatically, you will need to enter a code manually.

After logging into the app and selecting your PS4, you can control your gaming system with your phone. You can even use your phone as a controller, thanks to the virtual buttons feature. 

It’s important to note that Playstation notes that not every game supports Remote Play, and even ones that do may have some limitations with video content. Also, Remote Play won’t work if you’re broadcasting, using Share Play, or watching a Blu-ray Disc or DVD. You cannot play music on Spotify while using Remote Play.

If you have iOS 13, you can use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your DualShock 4 controller. It’s useful for Remote Play games and for select mobile games that support this controller.

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