How To: Use a Smartphone or Tablet as a PlayStation 4 Keyboard

Use a Smartphone or Tablet as a PlayStation 4 Keyboard

No matter how much of a gamer you are, typing with your PS4 controller is a bitch. Let's just be real. Having to move left, then right, then down, for every single letter can make writing a message very time consuming; so much so that I usually avoid messaging altogether.

However, being able to use my Android or iOS device would make things much quicker. Most of those under the age of 65 know how to type on their phones, and the process is rather speedy.

Using the official PlayStation app, you can use your smartphone as a keyboard for your PS4. You can download the PlayStation application for Android or iOS (no word on a Windows app yet). The iOS and Android versions are practically identical and you will see a bunch of other stuff you can do like view game invites, trophies, and your messages.

All you have to do is connect your phone to your PS4.

After it searches and finds your device, click on it in the list to begin the setup process.

After you successfully connect your smartphone to your PS4, you will then need to sign into your PSN account by entering in your email and password.

After signing in you should see a prompt requesting that you add your device to the PS4 system.

So, on your PS4 you will need to go to Settings -> PlayStation App Connection Settings -> Add Device. A number will appear on your TV screen. Enter in this number on your phone to finally connect the device.

Now that your device is connected, you can then go to Second Screen and select the Keyboard option. When you are in a text field, you can now use your phone to type your messages.

Check out DHTV - Dan's video guide below for a walkthrough.

This is a great way to save time when responding to in-game messages and will also save you money instead of opting for the third-party keyboard.

How often do you think you would use your phone for typing? Let us know in the comments section.


Yeah I don't like it. You need to first use the controller to tell the ps4 "hey I am going to use the keyboard to type now ok?" I want the same as a normal keyboard plug. Hell, maybe show the stuff in the second screen all the time....

Connecting your phone or tablet as a PS4 keyboard
1 The first step is downloading the PlayStation app for Android or for iOS on your phone or tablet
2 Open the PlayStation app and log into your PlayStation Now account (that you use on your PS4)
3 Make sure that both your phone or tablet and your PS4 are connected to the same Wi-Fi network

4 Click the Connect to PS4 option which will allow your PS4 to recognize your phone or tablet

5 Now on your PS4, go to Settings/PlayStation App Connection Settings/Add Device, where your phone or tablet should show up on a list

6 Choose your device from the list and your PS4 will give you a code that you have to enter into the PlayStation app on your phone or tablet

7 After entering the code your phone or tablet will be connected to your PS4.

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