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How to Connect a PS4 Controller to Your Android Phone

There was a dark time long, long ago (seven years or so), when Android was still a platform in its nascent stage, and to really unlock its best features, you had to root your device – but no more. One of the many things you can do now without rooting is connect your PS4 controller to your Android phone via Bluetooth. We show you how to do it in this article and address a teething lag problem some users have reported when using the PS4 controller with Android.

Connect a PS4 Controller to Your Phone

The actual process of connecting your PS4 controller to your device couldn’t be simpler: just do exactly what you’d do with any other Bluetooth device you want to connect. First, switch on Bluetooth on your device, then go to the Bluetooth menu (in the Quick Menu or the “Settings menu -> Connected devices”).

In the Connected Devices menu, tap “Pair new device” for the phone to begin searching for Bluetooth devices. Some Android devices show “Search” versus “Pair new device.”

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Next, hold down the SHARE and PLAYSTATION buttons on your PS4 controller until the light bar on the controller starts flashing, which indicates it’s searching for Bluetooth devices.

The PS4 controller should appear on the “Pair new device” screen as a “Wireless Controller.” Tap it to connect the PS4 controller to your Android device. You are now officially connected and can navigate your Android homescreens and (more importantly) play games using the controller.

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Play Android Games Using Your PS4 Controller

How To Connect Your Ps4 Controller To Your Android Play

This will work slightly differently, depending on which game you’re playing, but generally, controller-compatible games should detect the PS4 controller and automatically map the right buttons to it. You should have the option to re-map the controls in each individual game if the default layout doesn’t suit you, and every emulator gives you the option to remap the controls, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

If you’re using PS4 Remote Play, make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, or you may have issues with any games you play. This app even makes it easy to stream PS4 games to your laptop or Mac.

However, there is a problem with the PS4 controller on Android that you should be wary of, and we can help you fix it.

Fix PS4 Controller Lag on Android

Something you may experience after connecting the PS4 controller to your Android device is some input lag, which renders any games requiring quick reflexes unplayable. The solution to this is a little app called Bluetooth Auto Connect.

This app automatically connects Bluetooth devices you specify to your phone, and you can tweak it with various things like “Continuous connect,” which automatically connects your device at regular intervals. First, download Bluetooth Auto Connect. Remember to allow unknown sources to download the APK.

Next, install the APK and open Bluetooth Auto Connect. Scroll down to “Advanced Options” (while your PS4 controller is connected), scroll to the very bottom, and tap “Connect Now.” This should zap your PS4 controller into working properly.

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If you’re still experiencing problems, go to “Advanced Options” in Bluetooth Auto Connect, tap “Continuous Connect,” and set it to somewhere between two and 15 seconds, which should help you avoid the dreaded lag problem. Experiment with different times to see which works best for you.

You may not notice these issues when using Android 10 and later devices. Many lag and connection issues have been resolved with newer Android devices.

Reconnecting to Your Playstation

How To Connect Your Ps4 Controller To Your Android Playstation

When you’re done using your PS4 controller with your Android device, your PS4 may not immediately reconnect to it. If you have this problem, connect your controller to your PS4 with the USB cable. Once it’s recognized, you can disconnect the cable and use the controller normally.

Conclusion

The PS4 controller-to-Android connection isn’t a perfect process yet, as you can see by our inclusion of a workaround, but it’s getting there. If you’re prepared to make those small tweaks, you’ll be amazed at the effectiveness of your device as a gaming machine.

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Now all you need to do is get one of those fancy clamps that attaches your controller to your phone, and you’re set. The one in the link even includes a cable so that you can connect the controller directly and not have to worry about Bluetooth latency, and OVIO’s clamp is also a great option. Happy gaming!

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How to Hide Calls and Texts from Specific Contacts on Android

Do you have specific Android phone contacts whose incoming alerts you’d like to keep private? Sometimes unwanted texts and calls show up and you’d rather screen such calls and keep the user conversations a secret. The following apps will successfully hide your calls and SMS logs on Android from specific contacts. Similarly, we cover how to block the text from chosen contacts on WhatsApp.

Hide Calls and SMS on Android from Specific Contacts

There are plenty of Android apps that hide your calls and SMS history. But if you want this feature for just a few specific contacts, we recommend Calculator Pro+, which helps save SMS/MMS/call logs behind a typical calculator screen. Download the app from Play Store to proceed.

Hide Texts Calls Calculator Pro

To hide the calls and SMS, you need to enable the app’s access to phone contacts and storage. Click “Got it” to proceed. You have to give your acceptance to a privacy policy and install a related app called “AdvanceSMS” to monitor your SMS messages. You will be quickly guided through each step.

Hide Texts Calls Calculator Permissions

A four-digit pin will hide the contacts’ calls and SMS logs behind the calculator screen. Make sure to write down the PIN number. In case you forget the PIN, you will have to uninstall the app and start all over again.

Hide Texts Calls Calculator Pin

Once the Message box screen shows, you can see an option to add contacts which will take you to your list of contacts. From there, you can choose the contacts you want to screen beforehand.

Hide Texts Calls Calculator Add Contacts

After you add a contact to the private database, you will receive an alert that all SMS belonging to the contact has been moved. This includes all the past SMS messages and call logs related to the contact. You can have a customized notification enabled for each contact so that you know it’s from them.

Hide Texts Calls Calculator Contact Added

Calculator Pro+ has some advanced features, such as a virtual phone number purchase (in the Pro version), dark themes and an advanced setting where you can hide the app itself from your phone’s app menu. Once you’ve hidden the app, you can access it from the link given on the screen on any mobile browser.

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Apart from Calculator Pro+, you can use another related app, TextU, which screens calls and SMS text for specific Android phone contacts.

Hiding WhatsApp Texts on Android from Specific Contacts

Many people use WhatsApp as an alternative to SMS messaging. To block the texts and calls on WhatsApp for specific contacts, you need to download an app called Chat Locker for WhatsApp. Once done, you will have to set up a passcode. You can also use a fingerprint locker from the app’s Settings.

Hide Texts Calls Whatsapp Chat Locker Passcode

To use this app in conjunction with WhatsApp, you need to give it permissions. On most Android phones, you can go to an “Accessibility” option in the phone’s Settings and turn the app on for accessing WhatsApp chat/group.

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Now go to the WhatsApp Chat Locker homescreen and click the “+” sign to add WhatsApp contacts.

Hide Texts Calls Whatsapp Add Contact

Select the WhatsApp contact or group you want to screen from snooping eyes.

Hide Texts Calls Whatsapp Added Contact

After adding, you can see the contact in the chat locker app homescreen.

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Once done, any WhatsApp texts and calls from this contact are no longer visible without reentering the passcode.

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How to Capture Screenshots On Android using Google Assistant

If you have been using Android for a while, you might know that the operating system has a screenshot utility that triggers while holding the volume up + Home button. In some phones, it works by holding both the Volume Up + Volume Down buttons.

The stock screenshot utility of Android smartphones works well. You need to open the page where you want to take the screenshot and press the physical buttons. However, what if the Volume or Home button of your phone is broken or not working?

Note: If you are using the Google Assistant standalone app, then head to the Google Play Store and update the app.

Step 1. First of all, launch Google Assistant on your Android device.

Step 2. Now tap on the three horizontal lines as shown below.

tap on the three horizontal lines

Step 3. Tap on the profile picture and select ‘Settings.’

select 'Settings'

Step 4. Now scroll down and select ‘General’

select 'General'

Step 5. Under the General section, enable the option ‘Use Screen Content’ and ‘Donate Screen Captures.’

enable the option 'Use Screen Content' and 'Donate Screen Captures'

Step 6. Now open the app or webpage where you want to capture a screenshot. Launch the Google Assistant and tap on the ‘Share Screenshot’. If the Share screenshot option is not available, type ‘Screenshot’ or speak ‘Capture Screenshot.’

type 'Screenshot' or speak 'Capture Screenshot'

Step 7. Google Assistant will automatically capture the screenshot. You can save it on your Android or share it with your friends directly from the share menu.

Save or Share the screenshot

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can take screenshots using Google Assistant on Android.

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Play Store ‘Best of 2020’ Includes MS Office, World Cricket Championship and More

Google has announced the winners for its Best of Play Store 2020 awards, with the ‘Best App for 2020’ going to ‘Sleep Stories’ by Bengaluru-based developer, Touchkin, known for its wellness app, Wysa. Some of the other notable inclusions in the honor lists include Microsoft Office, Chef Buddy and Legends of Runterra, which won the ‘Best Game of 2020’. Here are the highlights:

  • Best App of 2020 – Sleep stories for calm sleep – Meditate with Wysa (download)
  • Users’ Choice App of 2020 – Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More (download)
  • Best Game of 2020 – Legends of Runterra (download)
  • Users’ Choice Game of 2020 – World Cricket Championship 3 (WCC3) (download)
  • Best apps for Personal Growth 2020 – Apna – Job Search (download)
  • Best Hidden Gems – Chef Buddy: Smart App for Chefs & Food Businesses (download)
  • Best App for Fun – Free Audio Stories, Books, Podcasts – Pratilipi FM (download)
  • Best Casual Games – Asian Cooking Star: New Restaurant & Cooking Games (download)
  • Best Indie Games – Cookies Must Die (download)

Alongside the aforementioned categories, Google also opened an ‘App for Good’ category this time around, which is more poignant than ever given the way this year has gone. The winner in this category is ‘InnerHour Self-Care Therapy’, a wellness and self-help app developed by Mumbai-based developer, InnerHour. You can check out the entire lists by visiting Google Play Store announcement.

It is worth noting that both Google and Apple announce their best apps list every year to highlight some of the most popular, promising and innovative new apps and services on their respective platforms. Last year, an app called Ablo had won the Best App award, while Call of Duty: Mobile had won both the Editors’ Choice and Users’ Choice awards in the best game category.