Is the Backbone app free to download?


Is Backbone app free
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Is the Backbone app free? This is a common question for people who recently bought Backbone One and want to enhance their mobile gaming experience.

The last few years have redefined the expectations of what mobile devices are capable of in the gaming industry. iPhone 15 Pro runs highly detailed PC games, such as Resident Evil 4 and Assassin's Creed Mirage.

In this article, you'll discover if Backbone app is free and what are the benefits of using it.

Is the Backbone app free?

Backbone is a free-to-use smartphone app by Backbone.

Backbone app is free to download and use. It operates like controller firmware. Using the app, users can update firmware, remap buttons on the controller, complete joystick calibration, watch controller-compatible games catalogue, screenshots, and a bunch of other options to fit this gamepad to their specific needs.

Even without the app, Backbone One controller is compatible with all your favourite games and services. However, using the app will enhance your experience with Backbone One.

How to get Backbone for free

To use Backbone app for free, users should buy and connect Backbone controller. Here are the steps:

  • Go to Backbone website, press Shop Now and order your controller
  • Download Backbone app from App Store or Play Market
  • Connect Backbone One to your smartphone, open Backbone app and complete the registration process

Once you’ve logged in, you can use the Backbone app for free.

Differences between Backbone and Backbone+

Some advanced features within the app are locked with a Backbone+ Membership, a paid subscription service that costs $4.17 per month. However, all the new users will automatically receive free 12 months of service while creating an account.

Backbone+ overhauls the Backbone app and introduces helpful features to improve your gaming experience. Here are some of them:

  • Subscribers receive exclusive perks like free trials and in-game loot (free Apple Arcade, Discord Nitro & more)
  • Voice and text chat directly in Backbone app
  • Capturing, editing, and sharing high-quality videos with the cloud storage
  • Backbone+ provides access to exclusive discounts on Backbone products and accessories
  • Live-streaming to Twitch
  • Public game lobbies to find squadmates in multiplayer games
  • Game recommendations based on your preferences

Best Backbone app alternatives

Since Backbone app is designed for Backbone controllers, it has no alternative options for improving the usage experience with Backbone One.

However, there are other options you might consider depending on your needs and preferences:

  • ReWASD Mobile
  • Joypad Mapper
  • Steam Link App

The built-in Bluetooth settings or the Steam Link app might be enough for basic controller management.

That’s all there is to know about Backbone app. Before you leave, check out the 5 best phone controllers and our review of Gamesir G8 Galileo.

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