How to connect the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to iPhone or iPad
Are you using a USB cable that supports both power and data? Some el-cheap-o USB cables only support power, but not data, and you can't use them to connect your controller to your MBP. Your controller came with a cable?
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Mine didn't. But I bought mine in Japan…maybe they don't include the cable here. Don't know if you're still stuck on this, but I just bought a DS4 yesterday and ran into a similar problem trying to pair it with my Mac.
I don't know if this will help, but it's worth a try. I was able to put it in pairing mode, and it showed up on my Mac as "Wireless Controller". After clicking "Pair" it would briefly say "connected", but immediately change to "disconnected", and the controller light turned off.
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I tried this over and over. I removed the device and paired from scratch again. I reset my Bluetooth device cache as described here. I reset the controller itself by pressing the reset button in the tiny hole near the L2 button and holding it for 5 seconds. Nothing helped. Eventually I figured out the battery was low and just needed to be charged for awhile before it could successfully pair. Of course that was the first thing I tried, but because I don't own a PS4 and have never used one of these things before, I didn't realize it was supposed to light up orange when charging.
It doesn't. I had to actually connect it to my Mac for it to charge. Fortunately it works as a wired controller when connected over USB, so I was able to use it while charging. After half an hour or so, I disconnected it and tried pairing it again, and this time it actually worked.
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When it connects properly, you should see a dialog that says the device is asking to connect to your Mac this never came up before. After I allowed the connection, it paired and stayed connected, and has worked flawlessly ever since. I also rebooted into Windows via Boot Camp and it worked there too. Each time I switch between Mac and Windows I need to remove the device and re-pair it, but it does so without hassle and no longer prompts to allow the connection…looks like that was a one-time thing.
If that doesn't work for you, try resetting the controller and your Mac's Bluetooth cache etc.
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But before you do any of that, just make sure the thing is actually charged! By the way, I came across some often-repeated misinformation while troubleshooting this:. The DS4 wants to be the only thing connected over Bluetooth and "blocks" other devices. This is made-up nonsense. You have to buy the official DualShock wireless adapter. You've decided to leave a comment.
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