How to Use PS4 Controller on Dolphin Emulator Android

Want to use your ps4 controller on the dolphin emulator on android? Here’s what you need to know.

The world of legacy gaming is filled with digital worlds that everyone should experience at least once.

But, actually finding and purchasing these old consoles is a luxury that not everyone can afford. Luckily there is a simple solution; the Dolphin Emulator for your Android phone.

It allows you to play Wii and GameCube titles anywhere and anytime you want.

However, there is one giant issue with this approach, the controls. The gamepads for both of these legacy consoles are fairly complex and don’t translate nicely to a touch screen.

Thankfully, it is possible to connect the excellent PlayStation four controller to the dolphin emulator on Android and play these games the way they are meant to be played.

Here is a complete guide on how to use a PS4 controller on Dolphin emulator Android:

You can watch this video tutorial in case you need a step by step guidance.

Step 1: Emulator setup

The first step is to get the Dolphin emulator installed on your device. You can either download it from the official website or search it up on the Google Play store.

Once you’ve found it on the Play Store or downloaded the file, install it.

If you are using a downloaded .apk file, then you would have to turn on Unknown source installation in your phone’s security settings.

Dolphin Emulator

Once the emulator is downloaded and installed, it’s time to get some games as the emulator itself doesn’t come with any. You can either download them from the internet directly to your phone.

Or you can rip them from the existing physical copies that you own.

You would need special software to rip these games from their CDs and a USB cable to transfer them to your phone.

Step 2: Connecting the controller

Android has support for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One gamepad.

A host of other universal and USB gamepads are also supported, but the polish and quality of a proper console controller are matched by none, so a PS4 controller is by far the best option for the Dolphin emulator on Android.

There are two main methods of connecting the gamepad to your phone.

  1. The first is by using a USB OTG connector.

An OTG or On The Go adapter (sometimes called an OTG cable, or OTG connector) allows you to connect a full-sized USB flash drive or USB A cable to your phone or tablet through the Micro USB or USB-C charging port.

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This will allow you to directly plug the controller into your phone, eliminating the need for pairing. It is also a tad bit snappier with this method.

Due to the wired connection, You will have limited movement which can affect the physical motion-based gameplay of some Wii games.

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2. The second method is via Bluetooth.

The PS4 controller supports standard Bluetooth, making the whole process simple and easy.

Turn on Bluetooth on your phone, and go into the Bluetooth management settings. Now pick up your gamepad and press the home button and the share button at the same time. Keep pressing until the light on the back of the controller starts blinking.

You should see the DualShock 4 controller listed on your phone.

Click on it, and hit “pair.” If the pairing is successful, the blinking will stop, and you would be able to navigate using the controller touchpad. If you don’t see the gamepad listed, try refreshing the list.

Step 3: Configuring the emulator:

The emulator will default to terrible touch controls, and you would have to manually transfer it over to the Bluetooth gamepad.

To do so, open up the app and hit the settings option on the top right.

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Now go to either GameCube input or Wii input, depending on the console you want to emulate, and click the first option.

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Once you click the option, a popup menu would appear. Pick the middle “emulated” option.

Set up emulator settings

This will take you to a section where you can map the buttons on your controller to actions responding to the respective console. You can map them however you want, but the image below shows an optimal configuration.

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Once done with mapping, go back to the main screen and navigate to the folder containing the game ROM. Click on the game to launch it, and you are good to go.


Although the PS4 gamepad is supported on Android, there is no official software, so the pairing process can be a bit glitchy. There are several things you can try to troubleshoot. For example, turning the Bluetooth on your device off and then on again will most likely resolve the majority of the pairing issues. If these issues persist, you can reset the controller by pressing the small button on the back of the controller. You have to press this button for 5-6 seconds to completely reset the gamepad and start over.

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