How To: Control Your PS3 with Your iPhone (And Vice Versa)

Control Your PS3 with Your iPhone (And Vice Versa)

How to Control Your PS3 with Your iPhone (And Vice Versa)

If only I could use my iPhone to do everything in my life.

I mean, I actually do do a lot of things with it, like banking, gaming, browsing, reading, and texting. Even a little sexting. When I'm home and have some free time, I'm usually playing video games on my PlayStation 3, but that got me thinking…can I control my PS3 with my iPhone?

Not only would this simply be awesome for impressing the ol' roommates, but I have a little gamer rage problem, which has resulted in at least three broken PS3 controllers. I just can't help myself sometimes.

So…thinking that I could easily pair my iPhone with my PS3 using a standard Bluetooth connection, I went ahead and tried connecting them, and this is what happened.

I waited and waited—and waited. Nothing happened. My PS3 could not find my iPhone and my iPhone couldn't find my PS3. WTF!

Apparently, newer iDevices aren't compatible with the PS3. You'd think it would be the opposite, but nope. Two of the biggest tech companies in the world can't figure out how a Bluetooth connection works? I sense a conspiracy.

So, then what can you do with your iPhone on a PS3?

Control Netflix

You can use your iPhone to control the Netflix app on your PS3. You can rewind, fast forward, browse the selections, control the volume, and more. This will work on any iPad, iPhone, iPod touch running iOS 5 or higher.

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Netflix is one of the most popular application available for the PS3, so having the ability to use my phone is pretty cool. And if I ever do break my one remaining PS3 controller, I can still watch the rest of "House of Cards".

Control YouTube

Just like with Netflix, you can use your iPhone to control YouTube on your PS3 console. Very similar to the Netflix pairing process, you can pair your iPhone to the YouTube by following their automatic prompt or setting it up yourself.

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Check out the complete guide on pairing your iPhone to YouTube on at PS3 for directions.

Control Games

Can you imagine pairing your iPhone with your PS3 and using it to control your Porsche 911 in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2? I mean, how awesome would it be to use the iPhone's gyroscope and accelerometer to control a video game character?

Yeah, well keep dreaming, because it isn't possible.

As I already mentioned before, the PS3 and iPhone just don't mesh well together. With no viable Bluetooth connection, and no individualized gaming app, there's not much you can do. I tried out a bunch of apps that "supposedly" turned your iPhone into a legit PS3 controller, but none of them worked, except maybe...

WeBe++, which is a Cydia app, so for those of you without jailbroken iPhones, you can just skip this section. Or, jailbreak your iPhone. But still, it might not be worth the trouble, because you'll have to pay for the app.

After installing the free version of the WeBe++ app using these basic instructions, I was amped to see how it would work—but it didn't. The app just said to upgrade, so I did—but then it said I'd have to purchase the app for $4.99.

Uh, no chance. Especially since it looks like it hasn't been updated in a while. This guy seems to have gotten it working, but I have my doubts. If any of you guys did opt to pay five bucks for an app that has little to no reference anywhere for actually working, please do let me know if it really does work.

Control Your Phone with Your PS3

If you don't mind doing a complete flip-flop, than you can actually sync your PS3 controller with an Android device for some advanced wireless gaming, but it'll require an Android phone (not the iPhone).

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So, while you can't control everything on your PS3 with your phone, you can still do some swaggy stuff with them combined. Music parties are pretty swaggy, too...

Play Your iPhone's Music on Your PS3

Nothing frustrates me more than over complicated technology. So when I plugged my iPhone into my PS3 to play some of my tunes and it didn't "just work", I flipped. I have a USB cord that connects to my iPhone and plugs into my PS3, so why don't the two make sweet love and feed me my damn music?

Because they are not compatible.

I call bullshit, again. Apple and Sony could solve that problem in a about a minute, but I guess there's some legal stuff that's prompting them from even giving a damn.

Whatever, because there is an app that gives the people what they want. Sync Stream is a free app in the iTunes Store that enables iPhone streaming to the PS3. Just install it and open it up. That's really it. Turn on your PS3 on and you should see your iPhone in the video section.

Just click on the Sync Stream icon and you will see all of your music, including playlists, albums, and genres—even album artwork.

After choosing a song, I did notice about a 1 to 2 second delay, but that's nothing to really complain about.

The music sounds crisp, plays from whatever audio source your PS3 is plugged into, and didn't crash once.


The PS3 is a wonderful gaming system, and the iPhone is one of the most popular phones ever created. Hopefully, the next generations of these devices will work much better together, and fans and customers will reap the rewards. But until then, these are the best things we've found that you can do with your iPhone and PS3. If you find more fun ways to make them work together, let us know in the comments.

Oh, and if you're looking to get free Wi-Fi for your PS3, this may help you out.

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