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Best Phone Controller 2021: Mobile Controllers For Gaming On The Go

Here are the best phone controllers for cloud gaming with xCloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, Stadia, and more.


Mobile devices have been a staple in the gaming industry since the rise of the smartphone, and cloud gaming services like xCloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna are giving mobile gamers even more options for playing their favorite games on the go. However, you'll want to have the best phone controller on hand to experience cloud gaming, and fortunately, there are more great mobile controllers on the market than ever before, partially thanks to the official launch of xCloud (now included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) last year.

When it comes to picking the best phone controller for you, there are a lot of different choices to consider, from official pads that require mobile controller clips to third-party ones that don't. Fortunately, you probably already own a great controller that'll work with your phone, as both the official Xbox Wireless Controller and PS5 DualSense can be connected to an Android phone or iPhone via Bluetooth. Still, you may want to consider a mobile controller that's specifically designed for gaming on a phone, and we've included some of the best options for that below. There's a lot of variety here--some controllers connect directly to your phone's USB-C port, while others are Bluetooth-enabled. Some mobile controllers clip onto either side of your phone to resemble the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons, while others feel similar to a traditional console controller with a phone clip at the top. Whether you need an Android or iPhone controller, you'll find something to suit your needs here.

Best phone controller clips

Already have a great controller that'll work with your phone but need a clip to attach it? You can snag one of the mobile clips below to convert your current controller into one that's ready for cloud gaming.

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