Now you can use your mobile phone as a Stadia controller when playing games on a TV.
At launch, Google’s Stadia game streaming platform only worked with the official Stadia controller. Then came support for third-party gamepads, like PlayStation and Xbox controllers. Now, Stadia has released a new feature called ‘Phone Link’ that allows Android and iOS devices to function as a touchscreen gamepad when playing Stadia on Google TV, Android TV, or Chromecast Ultra.
As pointed out 9to5Google, Phone Link also allows your smartphone to act as a bridge between unsupported controllers and your TV. You can use Phone Link to connect third-party controllers to your smartphone, which then transmits the signal to your TV, allowing you to use a controller that traditionally cannot connect to your TV via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This adds a bit of lag and lag in response time, but is better than not having any third-party driver support.
Follow the steps below to connect your smartphone to a Stadia-compatible Android / Google TV and use it as a controller:
- Launch the Stadia app on your TV
- Launch the Stadia app on your smartphone
- Touch the controller indicator and follow the instructions on the screen
Follow the steps below to connect your smartphone to Chromecast Ultra and use it as a controller:
- Select the input your Chromecast Ultra is connected to on your TV
- A link code must be visible on the Chromecast’s ambient mode screen.
- Launch the Stadia app on your phone
- Select the driver icon
- Then select Phone Touch Gamepad
- Then choose Play on TV
- Enter the pairing code and you’re done