Android gamepad setup app: how to connect the program and play

Thanks to the high level of performance of smartphones, mobile gaming has become a huge industry. On modern devices you can run 3D projects, which in terms of graphics quality are not inferior to the console counterparts of the past years. And for the gameplay to be not only beautiful in terms of picture, but also comfortable, you need to install the gamepad settings application on the Android operating system and connect the controller.

Is it possible to connect the joystick to Android

Despite the fact that the control in games on Android is through the touch screen, you can also use the controller by connecting it to the phone. However, in this case, it is important to take into account both the features of the smartphone and the gamepad itself.


For example, some wireless controllers (for example, from the Xbox) require an additional radio module, and wired solutions – adapters, because mobile devices do not have a USB-A connector. In addition, it is important that the game itself supports the peripheral gadget to customize the control. If there is no such support, then special applications will come to your aid, about which we will certainly tell you.

Ways to connect

Let the appearance of the game controller seems an extremely simple device, it has a lot of features, which depend on the manufacturer of the accessory and the specific model. As you know, gamepads are divided into two classes:

  • wired;
  • wireless.

In turn, wireless controllers can be connected via radio transmitter, as well as through the familiar Bluetooth interface. This will differ from the principle of pairing devices.


Wired and wireless USB

In this case we are talking about classic wired gamepads and wireless solutions with a radio transmitter like Xbox, which we mentioned in passing earlier. When connecting this type of controller to the surface, the main problem of smartphones and tablets pops up – the lack of a USB-A port. The problem is solved with the OTG-adapter, which can be found in any electronics store, and the cost of such a solution will not exceed 200-300 rubles.

Important. Even with an adapter you may encounter problems with connection, as the smartphone itself must support the OTG standard (it is present on most modern models).

Now about how the connection of the controller looks like for the game:

  • Part of the adapter with the plug USB-C or MicroUSB insert into the smartphone.
  • On the back side connect the gamepad, using the connector USB-A in the adapter.
  • If the joystick is wireless, we insert a special USB-transmitter into the USB-A socket, which comes with the gamepad or is sold separately.

In general, once connected, everything is ready to work and you can run your favorite game and enjoy gameplay with comfortable control. That said, don’t forget to set up the controller, which is also an important process.

Bluetooth solutions

Of course, it is best to use wireless Bluetooth controllers. In stores you can find models that are specifically designed for smartphones. They differ in the presence of a special stand for the mobile device. As for the connection process, it looks as follows:

  • Open the settings of the phone.
  • Go to “Bluetooth”.


  • Activate the sensor.


  • Put the gamepad in pairing mode by pressing the button on the housing.


  • If everything is done correctly, the controller will appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices. You just need to tap on its name and confirm the connection.


As in the previous case, when connecting via Bluetooth, everything is ready for full use of the accessory, but sometimes you need a separate configuration of the controller. This procedure is dedicated to the next paragraph of the material.

Setup applications

As a rule, you can configure the gamepad through the game for which you purchased the accessory. To do this, you need to run the conditional PUBG, go to the settings section “Controls”, select the controller and, if necessary, reassign the buttons.

It is possible that the game has no control settings for the gamepad or does not support the peripheral device at all. In that case you will need to use a special application like the following programs:

  • XPadder;
  • RetroArch;
  • Panda GamePad Pro.


The programs are characterized by a similar principle of work, so it makes no sense to consider each application separately. We suggest you pay attention to the instructions on how to set up a gamepad via RetroArch:

  • Launch the application by first installing it on your phone.
  • Tap on the gear icon.
  • Go to the “Enter” section.
  • Tap on the name of the port responsible for the connected joystick (usually “Port 1”).
  • Then tap the name of the desired controller button and select the action that will be performed when you click on it.


The principle of setting does not look as complicated as it may seem at first glance. The main thing is to carefully study the menu of the installed application and do not forget to save the new settings.

Possible problems

The most common problem faced by mobile gamers is that the smartphone simply does not recognize the gamepad. In such a situation, you need to follow a few recommendations:

  • Check the functionality of the controller by connecting it to another device. You may be using a faulty gadget.
  • If you are using a wired connection, be sure to check the integrity of the cable and adapter.
  • Also remember to make sure that your smartphone supports the OTG standard. Otherwise, you will only be able to connect a Bluetooth joystick.
  • When using wireless controllers, it is important not to forget to press the pairing button on the joystick itself. Also, keep in mind that some gamepads only connect via radio transmitter.
  • Finally, consider the fact that joysticks are not supported by all games. The problem may lie in the game.


In conclusion, let’s say a few words about other potential problems. If even after configuring the accessory buttons do not work correctly, it is likely that you are using a multi-mode gamepad. In this case, you need to select the correct mode in the game options.

And if your problem is a delay when pressing the keys, it is almost impossible to fix this situation, as the fault can be caused either by the quality of the joystick or poor optimization of the game.

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