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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How to connect your PlayStation 4 to a smartphone or tablet

Sony has developed the PlayStation mobile app in order to bring your smartphone and PlayStation 4 together. The PlayStation mobile app allows you to browse PlayStation profiles, compare trophies, and purchase content from within the app.

This will then automatically download to your console as long as it’s active or in standby mode. The app lacks some functionality but it remains a worthwhile companion for PS4 owners.

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Messaging is no longer supported on the app, so contacting a friend on the PSN (PlayStation Network) or checking your PlayStation account from your phone requires that you use Sony’s new My PlayStation social portal in your web browser.

Introduced in February 2018, the My PlayStation lets you message friends, view trophies, and update your profile on the go. Only the app, however, allows you to connect directly to your console

Steps to connecting your PlayStation 4 to a smartphone or tablet

Before downloading the PlayStation application for iOS or Android, update your smartphone or tablet to the latest version of the operating system. For iOS users, you’ll want at least version 6.0, while Android users will need version 4.0 at the very least.

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Once updated, enter “PlayStation” in the search field in iTunes or Google Play. Then do the following once installed:

1.      Sign in to your PSN account
2.      Tap the Connect to PS4 button in the bottom-left corner of the PlayStation application
3.      Select the Second Screen option
4.      Type the code that should appear on your TV screen in the text field on your smartphone or tablet
5.      Select Register

At this point your device should start synching, giving you access to most of the app’s features such as:

1.      Events
2.      Live-streams
3.      The PlayStation Store

The biggest difference you’ll notice once your phone and console is that PS4 games, such as Metal Gear Solid V and Watch Dogs, feature companion functionality you can use while gaming.

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