Pair Playstation 3 Controller (PS3) to Samsung Galaxy S3

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Is it difficult to play a game on your Samsung Galaxy S3 using the touchscreen controls? Don't worry! Here's a HowTo on pairing a PlayStation 3 controller with your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Prerequisites (What You Need To Make This Happen)

  • Your Samsung Galaxy S3 must be rooted, or it must have a root access.
  • Sixaxis Controller app must be installed on your Samsung Galaxy S3.
  • Samsung phone USB cable (Type A USB to micro USB) It's the cable that came with your phone.
  • Convert (Type A USB female to mini 5 pin male) You can purchase this on eBay or Amazon for $2.
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 desk stand (optional).

Root Your Samsung Galaxy S3.

If your phone is already rooted then skip these steps.

  1. 1
    First, check the model number of your phone.
    Tap "Menu" | "Settings" | "About Device" | "Model Number". Make sure your model number is GT-i9300 or GT-i9300T because if its not, then it may not work or it may ruin your phone.
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  2. 2
    Turn on debugging mode.
    Tap "Menu" | "Settings" | "Developer Options" | tap "USB debugging" | "OK".
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  3. 3
    Turn off the phone (complete power off).
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  4. 4
    Go to download mode.
    Press and hold the "Power" button + "Volume Down" button + "Home" button, at the same time until you see a warning message.
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  5. 5
    Press the "Volume Up" button to continue.
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  6. 6
    Connect the USB cable of the phone, to your computer.
    Make sure the (Kies) driver is installed.
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  7. 7
    Go online on your computer and download the CF-ROOT FILE HERE.
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  8. 8
    After the zip file has been download, extract the file on your computer.
    The outcome of the file must be a ".tar" extension.
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  9. 9
    Download ODIN 1.85 HERE, and extract the two files in it.
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  10. 10
    Run the Odin3_v1.85.exe and check if the ID:COM box if its yellow.
    A yellow box indicates your phone is connected. If the box is not yellow, you need to check your connections or install the phone drive on your computer.
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  11. 11
    Tick "Auto Reboot" and "F.
    Reset Time", and don't tick anything else in that section.
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  12. 12
    Tick "PDA".
    Click the PDA button and browse the *.tar file that you have just extracted and click "Open".
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  13. 13
    Click the "Start" button and wait until the box on the left turns green.
    You will see "Finish".
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  14. 14
    Meanwhile, on your Samsung Galaxy S3, wait until it reboots twice automatically, and you're done rooting it!
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Connect the Cables

  1. 1
    Connect the micro USB port to your phone.
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  2. 2
    Connect the other end of the USB cable to the USB converter.
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  3. 3
    Connect the converter to the PlayStation 3 controller port.
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Sixaxis Controller App

  1. 1
    On your Samsung Galaxy S3, go to the Google Play Store.
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  2. 2
    Search and install the "Sixaxis Controller" app.
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  3. 3
    Run the app and tap "Start".
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  4. 4
    Tap "Grant" root access.
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  5. 5
    Once it has paired, and Bluetooth has been activated on the controller, you can now unplug the USB cables.
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  6. 6
    Run a game (like Grand Theft Auto) and start playing with your wireless PS3 controller!
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Warning: Rooting your phone will void its warranty. You are the solely responsible for your phone, so do so at your own risk.
  • Not all games are supported.
  • If you want to see if your Android device is compatible with the "Sixaxis Controller" app, you can install the app called "Sixaxis Compatibility Checker", available on Google Play Store.
  • If you are done playing, you need to tap "Stop" on the Sixaxis Controller app to set your keyboard back to normal mode.
  • You can also read this similar article: How to connect Xbox 360 controller on Samsung Galaxy S4.

Questions and Answers

Can you play GTA 4 on a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a PS3 controller?

Yes it is possible to play GTA 4 on your S3 by using the PS3 controller. You will need the following to make it work:

  • Your S3 must be rooted.
  • The Sixaxis Controller app installed on your S3.
  • A type A USB to a micro USB.
  • Type A USB female to mini 5 pin male

Do the following:

  • Connect the micro USB to your S3.
  • Connect the other end into the USB converter.
  • Connect the converter to the PS3 controller.
  • Download the Sixaxis controller app from your app store.
  • Run the app.
  • Grant root access to the app.
  • Once paired and Bluetooth is activated on your controller, you can unplug the cables.
  • Run GTA 4 app.

Can you help with PS3 controller configurations to play dead trigger 2 after pairing with Galaxy S3?

I have my PS3 controller hooked up via Bluetooth to my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I am trying to play dead trigger 2 but the controller buttons are not working properly. Triggers and toggles are doing their own thing

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Can you tell me what I need to play Android games on HDTV with PlayStation 3 controller?

My phone is Galaxy S3 Neo. I will buy an MHL cable with HDMI and USB.

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