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Mobile gaming has come a long way in the past few years, with games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile offering truly console-quality gameplay on smartphones. However, touch-screen controls have their limitations, and virtually any player would benefit from playing PUBG Mobile or any other game with a controller.

Read also: Here are the controllers Call of Duty Mobile supports on Android and iOS

Unlike CoD Mobile, which offers support for several popular controllers, PUBG Mobile controller support is still limited more than two years after release. That said, there are some ways to enhance the experience. Here’s everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile controller support!

Does PUBG Mobile have controller support?

PUBG Mobile controller support

PUBG Mobile does not support the use of bluetooth controllers on Android and iOS devices. There are ways to get around this with certain plug-ins and devices, but these are not officially supported and may lead to your account getting banned.

However, there is one way to play PUBG Mobile with a controller, and that’s through a PUBG Mobile PC emulator like Tencent Gaming Buddy or Bluestacks. These applications allow you to fully customize inputs, so you can use any PC game controller or mouse and keyboard. Note that playing on an emulator will match you with other emulator players, even if grouped with friends on mobile.

If you decide to play on PC, the best PUBG Mobile controller is the Xbox One Wireless controller. This has been a staple console controller for years, and if you don’t already have one you can pick one up at the link below.

Xbox One controller
The Xbox One Wireless controller is an updated version that also works as a standard bluetooth controller. It's compatible with Xbox, PC, Android, and iOS.

What are best PUBG Mobile controllers for Android and iOS?

Although full controllers are not supported in PUBG Mobile, there are a few manufacturers making devices that do work with the battle royale titan. These are essentially trigger attachments that clip onto your phone and allow you to shoot without taking your thumbs off the virtual sticks. Since they have no software component, they work on both Android and iOS devices.

They are available in two types: one with just the clips and one that fits your entire phone into an enclosure. Both will work with PUBG Mobile or any other mobile game and are significantly easier to master than “claw” grips. Check out our favorite PUBG Mobile triggers below.

Apart from the triggers, you can also get a slightly more tactile experience by sticking phone joysticks to your screen. These are much easier to find without looking, although they won’t allow you to sprint in PUBG and may block a significant amount of the screen on smaller phones. They’re also very inexpensive, so hardcore PUBG Mobile players have nothing to lose by giving them a shot!

Emish mobile game triggers Cheap and cheerful game triggers
If you don't want to carry a full bluetooth controller in your bag but still want to gain an upper hand in PUBG , Fortnite, or CoD Mobile, these simple game triggers will do the trick. They clip onto the top of your phone so you can shoot and move without resorting to awkward claw grip techniques.
COOBILE Mobile Game Controller A comfortable PUBG Mobile controller
PUBG Mobile might not have full controller support, but this extremely affordable gamepad is as close as it gets. It features comfortable handles and two triggers on the back. The telescoping back fits phones up to 3.35-inches wide, and some models even offer fans and charging.
Vakili Mobile Phone Game Joystick The perfect BYO joystick
This suction-cup joystick is the perfect accessory for mobile gamers, and it's compatible with a wide variety of action games like PUBG Mobile, CoD Mobile, and Brawl Stars. It works with screen protectors, takes just seconds to install, and can be easily removed and washed.

How do you use a controller with PUBG Mobile?

PUBG Mobile trigger controller setup

The clips above are quick and easy to install, there is one more step to take before you can drop into Erangel or Vikendi. In order for the fire buttons to appear beneath the trigger spots, you need to go into settings and adjust your control scheme.

To do this, open the Settings in-game, then tap Controls on the right-hand side and Customize. From there, you can move whatever buttons you want to the top of the screen where the triggers hit. You may also want to create a new layout if you won’t always play with PUBG Mobile triggers. When finished, tap Save and Exit.

Will PUBG Mobile add controller support in the future?

It’s been more than two years since PUBG Mobile officially launched, and there has been no indication from Tencent or Lightspeed & Quantum that controller support will be added. That said, Tencent’s other major franchise, Call of Duty Mobile, added controller support in late 2019, so it’s not impossible that this decision will be revisited in the near future.

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything, but for now check out some of our other PUBG Mobile content below!

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