With the advancements in technology, you can elevate your gaming experience to a whole new level, allowing you to control PS3 with your Apple iPhone and iPod touch.
Lucky for you, this article discusses the guide to connect PS3 to your iPhone. Not only that, but you’ll learn how to use the iPhone as a remote controller to play Youtube, iPhone, Music, and Netflix on PS3.
This way, you can control the gaming console with your iPhone to play high-definition and Blu-ray games.
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Can I Use My iPhone as a PS3 Controller?
We hate to break the news, but the iPhone doesn’t offer an ideal design for remote control. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to use the iPhone as a PS3 remote control without any jailbreak. Jailbreaking is a legal procedure to remove the restrictions from Apple’s iOS.
However, you can download an app from an app store such as WeBe++ to control the PS3. This way, you don’t have to spend extra bucks buying an additional remote controller for your friends. However, the app doesn’t work well on your jailbroken iPhone with iOS 9 and higher.
Basic Requirements of Using iPhone and iPod Touch to Control PS3
It’s essential to jailbreak your iPhone and iPod touch before using these Apple products to control PS3. You can use a tool known as Evasi0n to jailbreak iOS 6.1 on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
In addition to that, you should have a DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for PS3. You should also install a tool named as SixAxisPAirTool for Windows or Mac. Lastly, you must visit Cydia’s BigBoss repository to download and install the “Blu trol” jailbreak tweak.
How to Use iPhone and iPod touch to Control PS3?
After installing the Blutrol app on your iPhone, open it on your home screen. Go to the “Controller” section of the application. Here, you must select the controller you want to pair with your Apple phone.
After scanning the PS3, press “Connect.” You must know it takes a few tries before establishing a successful connection. You must be patient and keep on trying till you pair the two devices.
The next step is to capture a screenshot of the game you want to play on the Sony PS3. However, the screenshot must contain the controls on the screen for proper identification.
Next, open the Blu trol app on your iPhone and click the “Games” tab. Here, select the game you intend to play and choose the game screenshot you captured previously.
The next step is a bit tricky. You must drag around the controls of the PS3 onto the controls in the screenshot of the game. It’s a simple alignment process, and you must be careful to map the controls.
Lastly, tap on “Done.” Congratulations, you can now control the particular game on PS3 via iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. However, you need to perform the above procedure of taking the screenshot for any new game.
Use Apple Macbook to Control PS3
It would help if you connected both the PS3 and iPhone to your Mac with the help of a USB connection. Once done, open the SixAxisPAirTool on your Mac and Blu trol on your iPhone. Click on the “Controller” section and select PS3 controller to establish a connection.
On your Mac, open the SixAxisPAirTool, where you’ll see a prompt to pair the PlayStation 3 to iPhone. After confirming, the PlayStation 3 and iPhone pair together.
The next step of adding different games is the same as described in the above section. You must take a screenshot and drag and drop the controls using the controller configuration in Blutrol.
Can I Turn My Phone Into a PS3 Remote Control?
The bad news is that you can’t connect Sony PS3 to your iPhone via Bluetooth. It’s because S3 is unable to identify the iPhone while scanning for other devices.
Moreover, the PS3 doesn’t have a built-in IR receiver, allowing any infrared light device to control the PS3.
Don’t worry; because we have got you covered. We still have one option left, and that’s none other than your home Wi-Fi network.
How to Control Streaming Videos on PS3 with iPhone?
The primary purpose of using the iPhone with PS3 is to control the streaming of video content. It means when both iPhone and PS3 share a shared wireless network, you can use the iPhone to search and select titles. Not only that, but you can conveniently control playback on PS3 with your iPhone.
Controlling Netflix on PS3 using iPhone
The good news is that you can use the iPhone to control your beloved Netflix app on PS3. In addition to that, you can enhance your Netflix streaming experience by rewinding, fast-forwarding, controlling the volume, and of course, browsing through the media library.
By the way, you can use your iPad and iPod touch to control the Netflix app on PS3; however, the condition is that the OS should be iOS 5 and higher.
All you need to do is sign in to Netflix on both your iPhone and PlayStation 3 using the same credentials. Once done, you can see a small “cast” button on the top right corner of the iPhone Netflix app. Tapping this icon allows you to mirror the display on different devices. Lastly, tap on PS3, and you are all set to enjoy the Netflix experience on a bigger screen.
After successfully pairing both iPhone and Sony PS3, you don’t have to look at the TV screen to browse. Instead, you can continue browsing different seasons and films content on the iPhone. Once you select your desired film, click on it, and your PS3 will display a prompt to start the movie.
Overall, the iPhone controls are straightforward but fast. You can click the pause button on your iPhone to pause the show. In addition to that, you can also enable the subtitles and rewind for 30 seconds.
Is it Possible to Remote Control YouTube on PS3 Using iPhone?
Yes, indeed. YouTube works similar to Netflix. Once you open YouTube on both devices, you’ll see the cast button on your Apple phone to establish the connection. Not only that, there isn’t any similar account requirement for YouTube, unlike Netflix.
You can browse different Youtube videos on your iPhone and tap on the one you want to watch on PS3. Not only that, but you can queue up multiple video content on YouTube so that you can put your iPhone on your side table and enjoy the videos.
Another great news is to access controls on your iPhone, even from your lock screen. Yes, you no longer need to unlock the iPhone to rewind or stop the video. It’s the specialty of the iPhone, allowing you to control YouTube on PlayStation 3, similar to when you listen to music. It means you can see the controls in the Control Center of the lock screen.
Unfortunately, the Netflix app doesn’t have such a cool feature.
On the other hand, you can initiate the pairing process from PS3. Once you open YouTube on the game console, you need to scroll down to see the option “Sign In & Settings” option. Once you click it, you’ll see the option to pair it with a mobile device. Click on the “Pair Device” option so that you can see a pairing code on the screen.
Now, unlock your iPhone, go to Safari and enter the URL: youtube.com/pair. Here, you need to enter the code you saw previously on the PS3 YoutTube app.
All you need to do is enter the code and tap on “Add this TV” to finish the pairing. After successful parking, you can search for a different video on your iPhone and click on the video you want to watch.
You must click the remote TV icon available on the video preview and select the TV name from the list of other devices you want to play the video. Lastly, click on the ‘Play” button to enjoy watching videos on the TV screen while using the iPhone to access different controls.
How to Control Hulu Using iPhone as PS3 Remote Controller?
You can use your iPhone as a remote control to watch your favorite programs on Hulu. All you need to do is press the cast button to connect the PlayStation 3 with your Apple phone. The process is more or less the same, as described for controlling Netflix.
Can You Control Blu Ray and Music Apps on PS3 Using iPhone?
It’s possible; however, it’s different from controlling Netflix or YouTube. You can play two types of music media on PS3 using iPhone – Spotify and iPhone music.
Let’s first discuss how to control Spotify on PS3 with your iPhone. First, you must open the apps on both devices. You can find Spotify in the PlayStation Music app.
Next, select a song and tap the ‘Now Playing” bar, available at the bottom. You can see the “Devices Available” option on your iPhone, where you can opt for PS3 to stream songs.
Streaming music media stored in an iPhone is a challenging task. Lucky for you, you can use an app known as “Sync: stream,” which is essentially a free app available on the Apple iOS App Store. This way, you can stream your iPhone music on Sony PS3, DVRs, and even Blu-ray players.
First, you need to ensure that both the PlayStation 3 and iPhone use the same Wi-Fi network. Once done, navigate to the “Music” section on PS3, where you can see iPhone as a menu option. All you need to do is to select it to see the other list of folders.
Next, search for your favorite song and press the “X” button. Now, you can play different songs on PS3 from your iPhone.
In addition to that, you can also use the iMediaShare app to stream iTunes music on PS3. You need to search for your iPhone on PS3 and navigate to ”Music.”
However, following the below steps if you don’t find the iPhone option in PS 3 while using any of the above applications:
- Go to “Settings” and select “Network Settings.”
- Next, open the “Media Server Connection” and press the “Enabled” option.
Moreover, you can also use apps like AirMusic; however, it’s a paid app.
What About Other App Options on PS3?
Unfortunately, you can’t use your iPhone to control other streaming apps such as HBO NOW, Amazon, or Twitch due to the unavailability of the cast button on these apps.
How to Use Different App Options on PS3 with Jailbroken iPhones
The good news is that all the above apps work perfectly fine, even if you have a jailbroken iPhone. However, you can still visit Cydia and download iTunesDB UPnPAVServer.
After installing the app on your iPhone, you can establish a server connection to see your music under the “iTunesDB Server” icon, available in the Music section of PS3.
To sum up, technology allows you to pair an iPhone with a PS3 so that you can use your Apple device as a remote control to play different games.
The process may seem tedious to certain people; however, it’s worth it if you don’t want to invest more money in buying a new PS3 remote controller.
Not only that, but you can control different apps on PS3, including Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and Hulu.