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Android PS apps aren’t perfect, but they’re still useful tools. Before you get started, it’s important to keep in mind that there are two separate PlayStation apps that you can use on Android devices.

The first is the PS app, which lets you find, install and uninstall games, chat with your PSN friends, and check your trophies. The second is the PS Remote Play app, through which you can play your PS5 games on the go.

We’ve spent some time with both apps on a Pixel 6 Pro, and we’ve picked out a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of them.

Before you start using the PS app, you’ll need to sign in using your PSN account.

How do I find and install games?

Although Sony has somewhat improved the PS5’s on-screen keyboard, typing with your controller is still an inconvenient and tedious process. Of course, you can buy a wired, wireless, or Bluetooth keyboard and use it while your PS5 is on.


But what if you want to find games and install them when you’re not in front of your TV or when your PS5 is completely off? With the PS app, this is not only possible, but also simple. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. To open PS app.
  2. Tap the search icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
  3. Type in the name of the game or application you want to install and confirm.
  4. Faucet on the game you are interested in.
  5. press the Add to cart button and confirm your purchase.

Once you are done purchasing a game or app, you will see that the ‘Add to Cart’ button will change to ‘Download to Console’. For games compatible between generations, you can choose to install them on your PS4 or PS5 consoles. After pressing the “Download to Console” button, if your PS5 is turned on and connected to the internet, the download will begin immediately. Otherwise, it will start automatically once it is.

How do I chat with my PSN friends?

If typing a single string of text into the search bar using a controller can be a pain on PS5, imagine how stressful it is to chat with someone for hours on end. Fortunately, Sony has really stepped up its voice chat game on PS5. The DualSense controller comes with a built-in mic with a dedicated on/off button, which works well and eliminates the need to purchase an external mic. If you are an old school internet user or just don’t want to chat with strangers using voice, typing is still a valid option. To use PS’s “Party” chat feature, follow these instructions.

  1. To open PS app.
  2. Press the cat icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  3. To select a conversation.
  4. Use your smartphone keyboard to compose messages.
  5. When your message is ready, press the send button.

The PS “Party” chat feature supports text, images, videos and even voice messages. The app also lets you use voice chat, edit your existing groups, and create new ones.

How do I check my trophies?

If you’ve ever owned a PS3 or PS4, you know how terribly slow the trophy system was on those consoles. After unlocking a trophy and hitting the PS button, players had to wait endless moments for the details to appear. Sony has come a long way here too, and trophies load almost instantly on the PS5.

Still, you might want to check your trophies when your console is off. The PS app has a handy feature that lets you do just that.

  1. To open PS app.
  2. Press your profile picture or name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on Trophies or on the trophy icons to see your trophies

The app’s trophies are organized from most recent to least recent games you’ve played.

How to use remote play?

In addition to the PS app, Sony also offers an app called PS Remote Play. As the name suggests, PS Remote Play lets you stream your PS5 video signal directly to your smartphone screen. Sony has simplified the process of setting up remote play from PS4 to PS5. Follow these simple steps to start using Remote Play on your Android device:

From your PS5:

  1. To light up your PS5.
  2. Go to Settingsso System.
  3. To select remote gameso Enable Remote Play.

From your Android device:

  1. To open the PS Remote Play app.
  2. Login using your PSN information.
  3. To select the console you want to connect.

If you followed the steps above correctly, your PS5 should appear in your Remote Play app. If not, make sure you’ve given the app all the necessary permissions, especially “Location”, as your phone will need it to find your PS5 on the internet.

Using the DualSense Controller

Once your PS5 appears in your Remote Play app, you can choose to play using the on-screen buttons (please don’t!) or connect a PS4 or PS5 controller to your Android device to play. DualSense controllers are currently compatible with Android 12 devices, as well as Android 11. To connect your controller:

  1. To open the PS Remote Play app.
  2. Tap the controller icon at the top right of your screen.
  3. Press on Go to Bluetooth settings.
  4. Grab your controller and press and hold Create and the PS buttons together until the light bar begins to flash.
  5. While the light is flashing, go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings and select your controller to log in.

You will need to connect your DualSense to your PS5 via a USB cable to use it with the console again.

Supported games and additional settings

Since Remote Play simply streams your PS5 video signal to your phone, any game that runs on your PS5 is compatible with it. The only requirement here is a fast enough internet connection.

If your gaming sessions using Remote Play are lagging, consider changing the streaming video quality using the app settings.

Additional settings you can change using the app include HDR, “Vibrate on Touch Operation”, “Use Keyboard” and whether or not to allow mobile data streaming.

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