Best Bluetooth Controllers for Android

Best Bluetooth Controllers for Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide, we’ll share a list of the best Bluetooth game controllers for Android or mobile phones in 2018. Most mobile games are designed to work with a touchscreen, but some are even better with a game controller.

Whether you’re playing console ports or PUBG Mobile, you’ll want one of the best Bluetooth gamepads.

Lately, more and more games are getting released with support for gaming controllers. Whether that’s a game for the NVIDIA Shield, VR games, or popular emulators.

A Bluetooth controller for Android will let you control your Android TV, deliver a better gaming experience, and most of them work with other apps too.

Like productivity apps or children games. Furthermore, most of our recommendations below work with iOS or a PC too. Basically, these are the best Bluetooth controllers, period.

We have roundups of great first-person shooter games, racing games, casual games, and games like Fortnite. Most of these recommend a Bluetooth controller, or will at least benefit from you having one.

So, get a controller and turn regular apps into a console-like experience, and truly showcases the power of Android gaming.

Many even come with software to customize what buttons do what, which is perfect for building in Fortnite or hitting the NOS in Asphalt 9.

Without further delay, these are the best Bluetooth game controllers for Android. Some will deliver an Xbox like experience, while others are just general designs. We even have controllers with built-in kickstands, phone holders, or built-in batteries to charge your phone while you play.

Buy one today and enjoy all the benefits of high-quality Android gaming.

 

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The Moga Hero Power might not be the cheapest of Android game controllers, but it cuts few corners. The full-sized controller boasts a curved, ergonomic design that is dimpled and textured — giving you a solid grip that doesn’t feel as flimsy as some of the competition.

The button layout is a typical dual analog configuration: On the front is a start button, a select button, and two sticks, one of which is positioned higher than the other to make room for a four-way directional pad.

On the right are four action buttons in a diamond layout, and on the back are two shoulder buttons and two triggers.

Perhaps the Moga Hero Power’s greatest asset is an integrated 2,200mAh battery, which connects to your phone via Micro USB cable and charges it while you play.

It’s not unique in this regard, but it has the largest battery of any Android game controller we’ve seen — and that is good news for your phone’s battery life.

Other additions include the Moga Hero Power’s fold-out hinge stand, which secures your phone in place while you’re gaming, and a convenient four-light LED light that indicates when the controller’s battery is getting low.

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Pyrus Telescopic ($27)

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The Pyrus Telescopic controller isn’t your average Android game controller. Unlike the all-in-one, console-style solutions that try desperately to stuff every button, trigger, and joystick onto a single peripheral, the Pyrus Telescopic ships in two pieces:

One that affixes to the left-hand side of your phone, and one that attaches to the right-hand side — both in landscape orientation. The result looks something like an oversized Nintendo Switch.

The Pyrus Telescopic might have a comparatively small surface area but it doesn’t skimp when it comes to inputs.

The two-piece controller packs a start and select button, two joysticks (one on either side), a four-direction D-Pad, and four action buttons. Flat bumper and trigger buttons sit around back adjacent to a Micro USB charging port.

The Pyrus Telescopic’s slider mechanism fits snugly around phones up to 6.1 inches in size, and its 350mAh battery lasts up to eight hours on a charge when paired to a device via Bluetooth.

But one of the Pyrus Telescopic’s nicest features is its built-in mode switching: With a single button toggle, you can swap button configurations between a gamepad mode, a keyboard mode, and an arcade mode.

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8Bitdo Zero ($17)

best android controllersIf the 8Bitdo Zero looks familiar, that’s because it’s a not-so-subtle homage to controllers of the Super Nintendo era. But that’s not a knock against it.

The 8Bitdo Zero absolutely nails the retro aesthetic with a matte grey finish and stylish protective case, and packs all the programmable buttons you could possibly want in retro arcade Android titles.

It’s not for everyone, though. The 8Bitdo Zero is a little on the small (it fits on a keychain) and light (just 18 grams) side, and packs just a handful of buttons, including a four-way directional pad, a start and select button, four action buttons, and two trigger buttons.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye. The 8Bitdo ships with a snap-on bracket that attaches easily to most Android and iOS devices, and a 180mAh built-in battery that lasts 18 hours on a single charge.

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iPega PG-9017S ($20)

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To say the iPega PG-9017S has an unconventional design is putting it mildly, but that works to its advantage.

The wider-than-average base and narrow bezels let it accommodate Android tablets up to 10 inches in size, and its 380mAh battery charges plugged-in devices between gaming sessions. It pairs via Bluetooth up to 26 feet away.

A special battery-saving mode, which flips on when the controller is not in use, delivers up to 100 hours of standby time (or two hours of active playtime).

The iPega’s button layout isn’t for everyone. Its two parallel joysticks are short and nub-shaped.

The four-way directional pad is flush with the controller’s casing. And the iPega also lacks shoulder buttons — short of the controller’s two trigger buttons, there is nothing on the back.

But the iPega has another thing going for it: Price. If you can put up with its compromises, it’s hard to go wrong for $20.

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SteelSeries Stratus XL ($38)

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The SteelSeries Stratus XL, the larger variant of the firm’s Stratus series, boasts a plethora of buttons and features.

Here, you find twin joysticks with textured surfaces, a four-way directional pad, four action buttons, a four-LED array, triggers and shoulder buttons, and three front-facing buttons that can be mapped to Android’s home and back buttons.

But it’s not perfect. The Stratus XL doesn’t have a built-in stand — you will have to find a wall to prop your phone against.

And it lacks a rechargeable battery. But it does support the Bluetooth pairing, and it makes up for the battery gaffe with power efficiency — two AA batteries deliver up to 40 hours of gaming, according to Stratus.

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Matricom G-Pad XYBA ($22)

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The Matricom G-Pad XYBA may not be as stylish as its competitors, but it checks most other boxes. It’s highly configurable, widely compatible, and lasts hours on a single charge.

The Matricom’s buttons include two joysticks in parallel (ala Sony’s DualShock layout) and a four-way directional pad in the left-hand corner.

Filling out the controller’s right and center are four action buttons, including a start button, select button, power button, and an LED power button. Two bumper buttons and two triggers round things out.

Somewhat uniquely, the Matricom features feedback motors that pulse in response to what’s happening on screen.

If there is a major downside, it’s the lack of smartphone stand — there’s no easy way to prop up your smartphone while you’re using the Matricom controller. But considering the price-to-performance ratio here, that is a relatively minor setback.

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Razer Serval ($37)

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It’s not too surprising that Razer, the pedigree brand behind high-end RGB keyboards, gaming laptops, and the Razer Phone, makes a pretty decent Android controller.

It’s called the Serval, and it boasts a uniquely textured grip designed to keep it from flying out of your hands during intense gaming sessions.

The Serval’s button layout is conventional. Situated on the left is a joystick and a directional pad, and on the right-hand side is a secondary joystick and four action buttons.

Two shoulder buttons and two trigger buttons occupy the back, along with two programmable front-facing buttons and physical back and home buttons that correspond to Android’s software navigation buttons.

The Serval doesn’t have a rechargeable battery — it takes two AAs. But it does have an adjustable smartphone clip and both a wireless (via Bluetooth) and wired (via Micro USB) mode.

And unlike most other Android controllers on our list, it remembers up to four unique device configurations, making pairing it to multiple smartphones a breeze.

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Satechi Bluetooth Wireless Gamepad ($30)

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Satechi’s Android game controller may not win points for its utilitarian, nondescript design, but it’s well put together, and one of the cheaper controllers of this class.

The Satechi’s button configuration consists of 14 buttons total, laid out like an Xbox controller.

The joysticks are offset — the one on the left is positioned higher than the one on the right — and the controller’s four right-hand action buttons feature fonts and colors pretty much identical to the Xbox Ones.

But thoughtful touches like dedicated mode buttons and a spring-loaded phone grip elevate the Satechi above the level of a mere copycat.

One shortcoming is the internal battery which, at 220mAh, is a little on the small side. But Satechi claims that with the controller’s battery-saving mode enabled, it can last more than 10 hours on standby.