How to Connect a PS4 controller to Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
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  • One of the best things about gaming on PC is the variety of peripherals one can use. From Xbox controllers to steering wheels and much much more, including Sony's DualShock controller!
  • If you're a fan of the PlayStation controller and want to use it on a Windows 10 PC, then you'll be happy to know that now you can easily do so, both wired and wireless. The process to connect your PS4 controller to a Windows 10 PC is outlined below.
  • Looking to up your game by using a controller over a mouse and keyboard? We have an entire page dedicated to gaming controllers on Windows 10 PCs.
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how to Connect PS4 controller to Windows 10

If you are a console gamer and you own PlayStation 4 for example, playing video games on Windows 10 with controller probably feels more natural to you.

If you’re looking for a new controller for your Windows 10 PC, look no further because we’re going to show you how to connect your PlayStation 4 controller to Windows 10.

Also, we have published an article on how to connect your PS3 controller to Windows 10, as well.

How can I easily connect PlayStation 4 controller to Windows 10?

1. Connect your wired DualShock Controller to your computer

 

connect wired playstation dualshock controller to windows 10

Connecting your wired PlayStation 4 controller to your Windows 10 machine is very straight forward, as with the latest updates to Windows 10, it will support the DS4 controller natively.

All you’ll need to do is plug it in and Windows will automatically install the driver and set everything up for you.


2. Wirelessly connect your DualShock Controller to your Windows 10 computer

connect dualshock controller to windows 10

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth on your Windows 10 machine
  2. Turn on the DualShock controller
  3. Press the PlayStation + Share buttons together on the controller and wait for the light to start flashing on the controller
  4. Open Windows settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device
  5. Wait for Windows to install your

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3. Use DS4Windows

In order to connect PS4 controller to Windows 10, you’ll have to rely on third-party solutions, but the processes itself isn’t as hard as you might think. In order to connect PS4 controller to Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Download DS4Windows
  2. After you’ve downloaded the .zip file, extract it and run DS4Windows.exe.
  3. When DS4Windows starts, click on Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver.
    ds4windows
  4. After the driver installs click on Finish.
  5. Open Settings app, go to Devices > Bluetooth.
  6. Turn on Bluetooth.
  7. On your PS4 controller press and hold PS and Share buttons until the light starts flashing.
  8. In Bluetooth settings Wireless Controller should appear. Click it and choose Pair.
  9. Open DS4Windows application once again. Your PS4 controller should be fully connected now.
  10. Minimize DS4Windows and start playing.

If you’re having trouble accessing the Settings app, here’s a quick guide to help you solve them. Also, if your PC can’t find any Bluetooth devices, you may want to check this article.

To turn off/disconnect the PS4 controller from Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Open DS4Windows and click Stop.
  2. Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth on and off.
  3. If you wish to reconnect your PS4 controller, just start DS4Windows and press the PS button on your controller.

We have to point out that you can connect your controller using the micro USB cable by following the same steps. If you decide to use the USB cable to connect the PS4 controller, there’s no need to use Bluetooth or to pair your PS4 controller with your PC.

Just install DS4Windows driver, start DS4Windows app and connect your controller using USB cable.


4. Download and install InputMapper software

Another third-party solution that can help you use PS4 controller on a Windows 10 PC is InputMapper. To configure your controller using InputMapper follow these steps:

  1. Download InputMapper from here.
  2. Install InputMapper and connect your PS4 controller using USB cable or by using Bluetooth. To pair your Windows 10 PC with PS4 controller via Bluetooth, turn on Bluetooth on your PC and hold PS and Share buttons on the controller.
  3. Now Open InputMapper and your controller should be recognized and ready to use.

We have to point out that certain games might have few issues, so you’ll have to tweak few settings in InputMapper in order to fix those issues.


Have you considered a PS4 emulator for your Windows PC? Read more about the 4 best ones in this article.


Connecting PlayStation 4 controller to Windows 10 PC isn’t that hard, and if you want to connect your PS4 controller to your PC be sure to try some of our solutions.

If you have any questions about connecting your PlayStation controller to a Windows 10 PC, sound off in the comments section below!


FAQ: Connecting a DualShock Controller to a Windows 10 PC

  • How do I connect my PS4 controller to my PC without a wire?

If you want to wirelessly connect your PS4 controller to your Windows 10 PC, you will need a laptop/PC with Bluetooth connectivity. To set up the controller, follow the steps outlined above.

  • How do you use DS4Windows wired?

After successfully installing DS4Windows, open the software and follow the steps outlined in this article.

  • How do I connect my PS4 controller to my PC without Bluetooth?

If you don’t have Bluetooth on your Windows 10 device, then your only other option will be to use the PS4 controller wired. You can also purchase a Bluetooth dongle and connect your controller to your computer wirelessly with it.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • This article is out of date.

    Windows 10 now natively supports the DS4 controller when connected with USB cable, it installs as a generic “Wireless Controller” and all analogue/buttons work great.

    Tested with Windows 10 build 1709, Steam and F1 2017.

    In game, it even had the correct PS4 button images for what to press (Triangle, Square etc)

    DS4Windows is NOT required.

  • Before the latest update (with the game mode) on windows 10 my controller was working fine wireless…Now i cant make it work wireless no matter what i tried.They have changed the BT settings on win 10 and now i cannot find the controller any more…Ay help will be appreciated.