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CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 12: Wireless controller for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console are displayed in the Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. booth on the business day of the Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe on September 12, 2019 in Chiba, Japan. The Tokyo Game Show will be open to the public on September 14 and 15, 2019. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
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Unplug the controller from the Mac or PC and press the PS button, it should then try to sync wirelessly and turn on the PS4. I had the controller unplugged from my PC and it did nothing.

You can charge your DualShock 4 controller by attaching it to a USB cable via your PS4. However, that only works for one controller at a time, which is inefficient if you like playing multiplayer games. Having a cable sticking out can also make your setup look cluttered, and your controller can disconnect if jostled. PS Remote Play is a free to use feature on all PS4 and PS5 consoles. All you need is: Your PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition, PS4 or PS4 Pro 2 connected to your home wired broadband network. A compatible device – also connected to your network. Terms of Use; © 2020 Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

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Sony’s latest update to its PlayStation 4 console, version 7.00, brings a host of new conveniences that make it easier for players to add more players to their online party, adds chat transcription support, and improves audio quality thanks to some behind-the-scenes improvements.

But the most appealing feature might be the updated Remote Play service, which now works with both Android and iOS devices, controller support included. That means you’ve now got a way to free up the TV and still enjoy your PlayStation 4 games on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet.

Still, there are a few footnotes to consider before you start gaming on a screen other than your TV. To use the PS4 Remote Play feature, you’ll need to configure a couple of things — besides your PS4, obviously.

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You’ll need a PC or Mac running the free PS4 Remote Play app (you can download it here). If you’re on an Android or iOS device, you’ll need to grab the Remote Play app from Google Play or the App Store.

You’ll also need a broadband internet connection, a DualShock 4 controller, and a PS4 game that doesn’t require a VR headset or a specialized controller. To minimize latency, you should use an Ethernet cable to connect your console to your wireless router or modem (you should do the same on the device you’re streaming to, if possible).

Prep Your PlayStation 4

Once you’ve installed the requisite PS4 Remote Play app from whatever app store you’re using, you’ll need to configure your PS4. First, update your PS4’s software to the most current version, 7.00. To do so, visit Settings > System Software Update, and let your console get to work. Then you’ll need to identify your console as the “primary” console. Visit Settings > Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS4.

Next, enable Remote Play on the console itself. Visit Settings > Remote Play Connection Settings > Enable Remote Play. If you don’t want to walk over to your console to turn it on every time you want to get away from it, you can visit Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode, then select “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable Turning On PS4 From Network.”

Next Up, Pairing Your Controller

So you’ve got your PS4 ready to go, and the PS4 Remote Play app installed on your remote device. Now it’s time to pair your DualShock 4 controller, either with a Micro-USB cable on a PC or Mac, or via Bluetooth on any Remote Play compatible device with Bluetooth support (or a Bluetooth adapter).

You can pair the controller to your PC either with a Micro-USB cable or via Bluetooth. First, find your PC’s Bluetooth settings by heading to Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Hold both the Share and PS button for four seconds until the controller’s light bar starts to flash. On your PC, select the plus to add a new Bluetooth device.

On your Mac, you can pair via Bluetooth, but you’ll need to be running the latest version of macOS Catalina, released earlier this week (though you might want to hold off on updating until all your apps are compatible). Put your controller in pairing mode, visit the System Preferences app on your Mac, hit the Bluetooth icon, and add your device.

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iOS and Android devices can pair to your DualShock 4 the same way they pair with any traditional Bluetooth device. But you’ll need to be running Android 10, iOS 13, or iPadOS 13 to actually use the controller instead of the inferior on-screen controls.

Link Your Devices

After you’ve installed the PS4 Remote Play app and paired your DualShock 4 controller to your remote device, you’ll need to visit the console’s Remote Play Connection Settings page you visited earlier, and select Add Device.


You can fiddle with frame rate and resolution settings by picking Open Preferences in the Remote Play app on your remote device before you begin playing. On your remote device, open the app and select Start to locate and pair your device to your PS4. Then sign in with your PlayStation Network account and enjoy gaming your day away while someone else uses the TV to enjoy their stories.

Get an Accessory or Two

Sure, you’re all set up and ready to play, but if you’ve placed your smartphone in a precarious position while you’re playing, you’d be well-served with a key accessory: a phone mount. A search on Amazon for “PS4 phone mount” will yield a few options from obscure accessory makers, so make sure the mount will fit your phone model and read some customer reviews before you drop $15 on one.

That phone mount will allow you to clip your smartphone to your DualShock 4 controller, and adjust the viewing angle to fit your needs. If you plan on using Remote Play often, a phone mount might be the one missing piece of the puzzle that keeps you away from your TV for good.

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Using [PS5 Remote Play], you can connect to your PS5 console from a PS4 console.

Get ready

You’ll need the following to use Remote Play:

  • PS5 console
    Always update your PS5 console to the latest version of the system software.
  • PS4 console
    Always update your PS4 console to the latest version of the system software.
  • An account for PlayStation™Network
    Use the same account that you use for your PS5 console and PS4 console. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one first.
  • High-speed internet connection
    As a standard, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps. For best performance, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 15 Mbps.
  • DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller

Set up your PS5 console

Set up your PS5 console in the following ways. You’ll only need to do this the first time you use Remote Play:

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  • From the home screen, select [Settings] > [System] > [Remote Play], and then turn on [Enable Remote Play].
  • To start Remote Play while your PS5 console is in rest mode, select [Settings] > [System] > [Power Saving] > [Features Available in Rest Mode]. Then turn on [Stay Connected to the Internet] and [Enable Turning on PS5 from Network].

Start Remote Play

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You’ll take the following steps each time you connect to your PS5 console from your PS4 console.

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Turn on your PS5 console or put it into rest mode.
From the home screen on your PS4 console, select [PS5 Remote Play].
Select [Find Your PS5].
When you select [Options Menu], you can configure video quality settings for Remote Play such as resolution and frame rate.
If you’re asked to enter your sign-in ID and password, sign in with the account that you use for your PS5 console.
The app searches for the PS5 console that you’ve signed in to using your account, and then connects to the console automatically. After it connects, the screen of your PS5 console displays on your PS4 console and you can start using Remote Play. If multiple PS5 consoles are found, select the console that you’d like to use.

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  • If it’s been more than 60 days since you last logged in to your PS5 console, you won’t be able to connect to it. If you haven’t used your PS5 console in a while, log in before starting Remote Play. Check that your device connects properly while you are near your PS5 console before trying to connect remotely from outside your home.
  • If the app can’t find the device that you’d like to connect, or if you can’t use Remote Play, see “When Remote Play is not available”.

Remote Play controls

Press the PS buttonThe control panel of Remote Play displays.
During Remote Play, you’ll control the PS5 console using cards that appear on your screen. From the cards, you can access the control center and the home screen of the PS5 console.
Press and hold the PS buttonThe quick menu of your PS4 console displays.

From the control panel, you can take the following actions:

  • Control Center
    Select this to display the control center of your PS5 console.
  • Home
    Select this to display the home screen of your PS5 console or PS4 console.
  • Microphone status
    Check the icon to know your mic’s status.

    When you select the checkbox, your mic is muted.
    Mic on
    When you select the checkbox, your mic is unmuted.
    Mic not connected

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Play a multiplayer game

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When a player begins using Remote Play, others can join as added players.
To join a Remote Play session as an added player, you’ll need to log in to the PS4 console and then press the OPTIONS button on your controller.
Sign in with your account when you’re asked to enter your sign-in ID and password.

  • A total of three players can join a multiplayer game.
  • When the player who started Remote Play quits, the session ends for all players who joined the multiplayer game.
  • You can’t use your microphone during multiplayer games.

Quit Remote Play

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During Remote Play, press the PS button on the controller.
The control panel displays.
Select [Disconnect], and then select [Leave Power On] or [Put in Rest Mode].
Remote Play quits and the screen returns to its original state before connecting to your PS5 console.