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.

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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Reset Time", and don't tick anything else in that section.
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  12. 12
    Tick "PDA"
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    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
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    You will see "Finish".
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    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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    Connect the other end of the USB cable to the USB converter
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  • 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 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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