As outlined earlier this week, PlayStation 4 remote play is now possible on a whole host of iOS and Android devices, not just Sony’s own Xperia line of products. Now that firmware 7.0.0 has landed, the PS4 Remote Play app has been updated to support just about any mobile device out there.
This means it’s now possible to use your handheld devices to remotely access and view your PS4 video feed, allowing you to get your Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers crafts done in the tub, or rattle off a few rounds of Call of Duty multiplayer while you contemplate leaving your warm bed for the cold morning air.
Like just about anything these days, though, it’s not a quick and easy thing to set up. And PS4 Remote play is not without its fair share of limitations, either. It’s incredibly sensitive to your connection speed and takes a little setting up, so grab your controller and let us walk you through the whole process. Rather stream them straight to your PC? You can do that!
How to set up PS4 Remote Play on Android & iOS
Note: The PS4 Remote Play app supports iOS 12.1 and Android 5.0 and above. It should also be noted that we weren’t able to connect our Huawei tablet, but our Samsung and Google phones of various ages had no issue.
- To get PS4 Remote Play up and running, you’ll first need to fire up your PS4 and install the 7.0.0 update if you haven’t already.
- Then grab the PS4 Remote Play app from Google Play or the iOS App Store and open it up.
- Once that’s done, slide on over to the Settings tab on your console and find your way to where it says “Remote Play Connection Settings”.
- Once you’re in there, make sure to tick “Enable Remote Play”. This is what will open your PS4 up to consenting devices, and it’s something that should already be on if you’ve used Remote Play on an Xperia, PS Vita or PS TV device in the past. With the PS4 Remote Play app open on your chosen device, it’s time to make that fated connection.
- Hit the “Add Device” menu on your PS4 and “Start” on the PS4 Remote Play app. At this point, both devices should start searching for each other on the network. We had very little success with this auto method, but if you wait it out, you should see an option to connect manually on the app screen. If the connection is made automatically, great! If not, just do it manually by entering the code displayed on the PS4 screen when prompted and you should get in without a hitch.
- Next, you have two options: you can either control your PS4 with on-screen buttons or connect your trusty Dualshock 4 controller over Bluetooth for the optimal experience. For iOS users, this means being on iOS 13 or above, and Android 10 for Google fans. Even though Android devices have been able to connect to Dualshock 4 controllers — or just about any controller — for years now for emulators and even common UI controls, the PS4 Remote Play app will kick up a fuss if you’re not running the right OS version. These finicky operating system requirements can actually be circumvented with an OTG cable if you don’t mind the extra step.
- If going the Bluetooth route, hold the PS and Share buttons down on your controller until the front light bar starts to blink. This indicates it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode. From there, just navigate to your device’s Bluetooth settings and do the usual dance.
And that’s it, really! Your PS4 should now be outputting video to your chosen mobile device with either controller support or on-screen buttons at your disposal. You’re now free to play your games on, behind, or even inside your couch so long as your WiFi connection is up to snuff.
How to minimize lag on PS4 remote play
If you notice stuttering or a glitchy feed, you can change image resolution and/or target framerates in the PS4 Remote Play app to lighten the load. The PS4 has never had particularly strong WiFi performance, so it’s highly recommended you connect it directly to your router if possible for the smoothest experience. A 5Ghz connection can really help, but only if you’re close enough to your router to make use of its benefits.