How to connect PS5 controller to Mac and MacBook Pro/Air laptops

Wondering how to connect a DualSense controller to a Mac? Here’s how…

by Daryl Baxter
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This may surprise some, but connecting a controller to a Mac is very uncommon.

Being able to use an Xbox or PlayStation controller on the Mac is incredibly easy, and it’s mainly due to the games available on the Mac App Store and other means, that requires a proper gaming controller.

Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, it’s been wondered whether the DualSense could work with a Mac, especially with the new ‘M1’ Macs being released this week.

So let’s look into this, and see if it is possible.

Could you connect others before?

For years now, one could easily pair their DualShock 4 or Xbox Controller to the Mac, and even earlier models such as DualShock 3.

There have been utilities that have enabled different functions of these controllers to work in certain games and applications, such as rumble and motion controls.

However, it’s only recently that the new consoles have been released, and many will like to switch between using their DualSense controller for their PS5 and their Mac.

Thanks to the recent release of macOS ‘Big Sur’, a DualSense can indeed be used. A recent update to the OS, as T3 reported, has made it nice and easy to link up your PS5 controller to your Mac.

READ MORE: New MacBooks, Mac Mini unveiled for the ‘M1’ chip.

How to connect a PS5 controller to your Mac

In order to pair a DualSense to your Mac, here are the steps:

  1. Go to ‘System Preferences‘, then ‘Bluetooth‘.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is on, and select ‘Scan for new devices‘.
  3. Have the DualSense in pairing mode by pressing ‘Create‘ and ‘PS Button‘.
  4. A ‘Wireless Controller’ will appear. Press it to pair the DualSense to the Mac.

The Mac will detect the controller being connected when loading up a game, which will result in all the inputs being transferred to the DualSense.

From Apple Arcade to Steam, your controller will have gained yet another use while you’re taking your MacBook with you for Christmas.

READ MORE: Apple ‘M1’ chip unveiled; details, release dates, and more.

Daryl Baxter