How to connect a PS4 controller to your PC in 3 ways using Bluetooth or a USB connection

By Emma Witman

Hardcore PC gamers often swear by the precision of a mouse and keyboard — it's so popular that even console players sometimes prefer keyboards to joysticks.

However, there's no denying that leaning back with a controller in your hand is much more relaxing than lording over a mouse and keyboard.

Fortunately, just like you can connect your mouse and keyboard to a PS4, you can likewise connect your PS4 controller to a PC.

Here are three different ways to connect your PS4 controller to a Windows 10 PC. 

How to connect your PS4 controller to a PC using a USB cable

If you want to connect the controller with a micro-USB cable (the same cable you use to charge the controller), you have two options.

Connecting via Steam settings

If you're a PC gamer, chances are that you have a Steam account. Luckily, Steam makes connecting new controllers easy.

1. Open Steam and click the "Big Picture Mode" icon in the top-right — it looks like a square with two arrows pointing out.

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Open Big Picture Mode, which turns Steam into a full-screen application.
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2. Once in Big Picture Mode, select the gear icon at the top-right to navigate to Settings.

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You can click the power button icon next to the gear to close Big Picture Mode, and Steam.
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3. Under the "Controller" tab, click "Controller Settings."

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Other Steam options, like display and audio controls, can be found here as well.
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4. Check the box for "Playstation Configuration Support."

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Steam has the ability to connect controllers across gaming platforms.
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5. Plug the PS4 controller into your PC using the micro-USB cable. Make sure the backlight on the controller glows to indicate there's a connection.

6. Steam should automatically detect and configure your controller. Click it when it appears at the bottom of the page.

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Click the controller's name when it appears.
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Connecting via the DS4 Windows Utility

If you want to use the wired controller with a non-Steam game, this is another option.

1. Navigate with your PC's internet browser to Click "Download Now."

2. You'll be redirected to Github. Find and click the file, and then download it onto your computer.

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The most recent version of this software was released in 2016, but it still works.
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3. Find the downloaded .zip file on your computer and open it, and then double-click "DS4Updater" and click "Extract All." 

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Files with the .zip extension should be extracted before they run.
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4. Pick a location for the files to be extracted to — it should be a location that you can find easily.

5. Once extracted, open the location you picked and double-click "DS4Windows." If you're asked to confirm that you want to run the program, click "Run."

6. You'll be asked where you want to save the program's files. If you don't care where they go, pick "Appdata" — if you want to be able to move them around, pick "Program Folder" and select a location.

7. Once you've picked a spot to save the files, click "Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver" and let the program install its files. If you're asked whether you'd like to install the software, click "Install."

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Assuming you're on a Windows 10 computer, select the first option.
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You can now use the PS4 controller on your PC with a micro-USB cable, although you may need to restart your computer first.

How to connect your PS4 controller to a PC using wireless Bluetooth

If your PC supports Bluetooth — and if it was made in the last ten years, chances are it does — you can connect your controller wirelessly.

This method also works for the newer PS5 DualSense controller, although that controller might not be supported by every game.

1. Open your PC's search menu (you can press the Windows key + Q to open it immediately) and search for "Bluetooth."

2. When "Bluetooth and other devices settings" appears in the search results, click on it.

3. Make sure your computer has Bluetooth enabled by setting the switch labeled "Bluetooth" to "On."

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Enable Bluetooth connections.
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4. Hold down the Playstation and Share buttons on your controller until the backlight starts flashing.

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Hold down the PlayStation and Share buttons.
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5. On your PC, click "Add Bluetooth or other device," and select "Bluetooth."

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"Bluetooth" is the first, default option — if this doesn't work, pick "Everything else" instead.
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6. You'll see your PS4 controller listed as "Wireless Controller." Click it to finalize the connection. If you're asked for a passcode, enter "0000."

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You may see the controller under an alternative name as well, like "Dualshock 4."
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Enjoy your fresh setup, but be mindful of your back if PC gaming becomes your new favorite activity.

Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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