How to use controller in Bluestacks

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BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator for Mac and Windows that lets you run Android apps on your computer. Read the article to learn how to use a controller in BlueStacks step by step.

BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator that lets you run Android apps on your Mac or Windows computer. You can download productivity apps, games and other apps from Play Store or App Store and run them on your PC using this free app. 



BlueStacks is interesting because it allows you to use your apps on a bigger screen and interact with them using a . Gamers will appreciate this emulator because it allows them to use the controller on BlueStacks and play Android games on a bigger screen.

With the Android gaming landscape evolving at a dizzying pace in recent years, apps like Minecraft now have gamepad controls built in.

As these built-in controls are now available, you can simply enable the native gamepad support option on BlueStacks and start playing your favorite game. It will be just like playing a PC game with a gamepad.

We help you if you've installed BlueStacks on your Mac or Windows PC, but you're not sure how to configure your controller. The article below will show you how to use the controller on BlueStacks step by step.

How to use a controller in BlueStacks on Windows

Users who have a Windows PC can use a keyboard and mouse to navigate BlueStacks. You can, however, use the controller in Bluestacks to play if you wish. Logitech, Redgear, PDP, PS4 and Xbox One controllers are among the controllers supported by BlueStacks.



It's quick and simple to set up and use your controller with BlueStacks on Windows; here's how:

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  1. Install BlueStacks on your computer.
  2. Use Bluetooth or connect your controller to a USB port to connect your controller to your PC. As BlueStacks is plug-and-play, it should recognize your controller immediately when you plug it in.
  3. After that, you have to enable “Native Gamepad Support”.
  4. Navigate to the symbol with three stacked lines on the BlueStacks “Home” screen. The icon is located in the upper right corner of the screen. Select it by clicking on it.
  5. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  6. Then select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  7. Select “Game Control Settings” from the drop-down menu. “Enable Gamepad Detection” comes under this heading. To use this feature, check the box.
  8. Then, among the three options offered to you, choose “Force On”, “Force Off” and “Automatic”. Native gamepad controls will be enabled if “Force On” is selected. Native gamepad controls will be disabled if “Force Off” is selected. If the game feature has built-in support, “Auto” will activate the gamepad's native controls.

You should now be able to use controller in Bluestacks to play.



It's important to keep in mind that a PS4 controller works best when connected to a USB port, and we recommend this Bluetooth connectivity, which can be problematic. Another thing to keep in mind is that not all games will work with your chosen controller. A small image of the controller will appear below the game icon in games that support the controller connected.

How to use a controller with BlueStacks on a Mac

It's just as easy to connect and use the controller in Bluestacks on a Mac as it is on a Windows PC. The steps are as follows:

  1. Activate the pairing button on your controller after turning it on.
  2. To pair the two devices, go to “Bluetooth Preferences” on your Mac, find the name of your controller and click on it.
  3. Launch BlueStacks after linking your controller to Mac.
  4. Navigate to the sidebar menu on the right side of the BlueStacks “Home” screen. The “Settings” icon, which looks like a gear, is located at the bottom right of this bar. Click on this icon.
  5. Select "Preferences" from the "Settings" menu.
  6. Scroll down until you see the heading “Game Control Settings” in this window. A subhead titled “Enable gamepad detection” can be found here. Check the box to enable this option.
  7. The next step is to select one of three options: “Auto”, “Force On” or “Force Off”. You can enable or disable your native gamepad controls with the “Force On” and “Force Off” buttons. If the game has built-in support, the “Auto” option will enable native gamepad controls.

Once you've done these steps, you can close the menus and use the controller in Bluestacks to choose the game you want to play, just like you would on a console.



Conclusion

Once you understand the steps, setting up to use the controller in Bluestacks is quite simple. Setting up or changing your controls to suit a particular game is a little more difficult, but we're confident that if you follow the basic instructions, you'll be able to do it in no time.

Have you ever thought about using the controller in Bluestacks to play an Android game? Did you use any of the methods described in this guide? Please share your ideas in the comments box below.

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