Genshin Impact controller support explained: How to play with a controller on mobile

Ayato, Ganyu and a Razer Kishi controller

You can play Genshin Impact with a controller on a PC and PlayStation. If you want to replicate this experience on mobile, read this article and know everything about Genshin Impact’s controller support for Android and iOS devices.

Despite having high software and hardware requirements, Genshin Impact has a fairly massive player base on Android and iOS devices. However, the in-game settings do not allow you to customize your HUD.

From wishes and boss fights to events and open-world exploration, Genshin Impact has several mechanics, and not having the ability to customize your controls is a bummer for many. In such a situation, it is natural for players to try playing the game with controllers.

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While you can play Genshin Impact with a controller on a PC or PlayStation, here’s everything to know about controller support for Android and iOS devices.

Ayato swinging his sword in Genshin Impact

Does Genshin Impact have controller support for mobile (Android & iOS) devices?

Genshin Impact supports external controllers on iOS devices, but not Android. Also, Apple users must upgrade their iOS version to iOS 14 or higher to play with controllers.

With an Apple device containing iOS 14 or higher, you can use these external controllers to play Genshin Impact:

  • Xbox Wireless controller (Bluetooth)
  • PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless controller
  • MiFi Bluetooth controllers
  • Razer Kishi Xbox Elite
  • Wireless Controller Series 2.

Make sure to go to Settings > Control Type and choose Controller every time you want to play the game with a controller.

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When will Genshin Impact get controller support for Android?

While iOS devices received controller support for Genshin Impact as early as patch 1.3, Android devices are yet to support controllers. The developers have maintained silence for a long time and we still have no official news regarding controller support on Android devices.

How to play Genshin Impact with a controller on Android

Dendro characters in Genshin Impact

Without official support, you can play Genshin Impact with a controller on Android devices with a Razer Kishi V2. The smartphone controller recently got an update that introduced a feature called Virtual Controller mode.

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With Virtual Controller mode, you can bind physical controller buttons to on-screen controls. This way, you won’t have to rely on other third-party apps that Genshin Impact’s anti-cheat can detect and ban.

In a nutshell, iOS players can enjoy Genshin Impact with a controller and for Android players, a Razer Kishi V2 controller is the best way until HoYoverse releases controller support officially.

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Image Credits: HoYoverse

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