How to use your ps4 controller on your mac

Note: Before starting to connect your DualShock 4 to your Mac, we recommend you completely disconnect your PS4 console (if you have one). Doing so will help prevent you from accidentally turning on the console while syncing the controller to your machine.

1- Connect PS4 Controller Wirelessly to Mac with Bluetooth

You’ll want to pair the Playstation 4 controller to the Mac with Bluetooth before attempting to play any game, this only takes a moment:

  1. Open the Bluetooth preference panel in OS X, accessible from  > System Preferences
  2. Turn on Bluetooth in OS X if you haven’t done so yet, you can do that through the System Preference panel or the Bluetooth menu bar item
  3. Hold down the Playstation “PS” button and the “Share” button until the light at the top of the controller starts blinking quickly in a pulse fashion, this places the controller into pairing mode

2- Connect PS4 Controller to Mac via Usb

There’s basically no setup to this except in the game that you want to use the controller with. Because it’s somewhat game dependent, there’s no exact approach, but it’s generally something like this:

  1. Connect the PS4 controller to the Mac with the USB cable
  2. Open the game you want to play with the PS4 controller, then head to that games preferences or settings
  3. Look for a section in the games preferences regarding Controllers or Gamepad setup, configure the controller as desired and enjoy