How to Connect Controller to Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Connect Controller to Mac

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of connecting a controller to your Mac. Whether you want to play games or control applications, connecting a controller can greatly enhance your experience. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Controller Compatibility

The first step is to ensure that your controller is compatible with macOS. Most modern controllers are supported, including popular ones like Xbox and PlayStation controllers. However, it’s always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s website for any specific instructions or drivers.

Step 2: Connect via USB

The easiest way to connect a controller is through a USB cable. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Plug one end of the USB cable into your Mac.
  2. Connect the other end of the cable to your controller.
  3. Your Mac should recognize the controller automatically.

Once connected, you can now start using your controller in supported games or applications.

Step 3: Pair via Bluetooth

If your controller supports Bluetooth connectivity, you can connect it wirelessly to your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on both your Mac and the controller.
  2. On your Mac, click on the Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”.
  3. Select “Bluetooth” and make sure it’s turned on.
  4. Put your controller in pairing mode (refer to the manufacturer’s instructions).
  5. In the Bluetooth preferences window, you should see your controller listed under “Devices”. Click on it and select “Pair”.
  6. Your Mac will now connect with the controller via Bluetooth.

Once paired, you can use your controller wirelessly with supported games and applications.

Step 4: Test Your Controller

Now that you have successfully connected your controller to your Mac, it’s important to test its functionality. Here’s how:

  1. Open a game or application that supports controllers.
  2. Check if the controller is working by navigating through menus or performing actions.
  3. If the controller doesn’t work as expected, try restarting the application or reconnecting the controller.

If everything is working fine, congratulations! You can now enjoy using your controller with your Mac.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the connection process, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your Mac and controller are both fully charged.
  • Try using a different USB cable or port if connecting via USB.
  • Reset the Bluetooth module on your Mac by turning it off and on again.
  • Update macOS and any controller drivers to the latest versions.

By following these steps and troubleshooting tips, you should be able to connect your controller to your Mac without any problems.


Connecting a controller to your Mac opens up new possibilities for gaming and controlling applications. Whether you choose to connect via USB or Bluetooth, this tutorial has provided you with the necessary steps to get started. Enjoy using your favorite controller with your Mac!

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