Like the PS4 and PS4 Pro, you can play remotely with your PlayStation 5. Remote play lets you connect your computer or mobile device to your PS5 and stream games to almost any screen within range of your internet connection. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get extra trophies Astro’s playroom while lying in bed or taking in a boss Demon’s Souls while sitting on the couch, our guide to using remote play on PS5 will get you started.
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Step by step How to use remote play on PS5
You can remotely play your PS5 on a PS4, PC, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone using a DualShock 4 or DualSense. However, not all devices support both controllers and there are OS requirements if you want to connect a controller wirelessly. If you want to know the details, read on. If you don’t mind searching the system requirements yourself, follow these steps:
- To follow Settings> System> Remote play.
- To check Enable Remote Play.
- Download the PS Remote Play app for Android, iOS, Windows or Mac.
- Open the PS Remote Play app and log in to the PlayStation Network.
- Select PS5 on the next screen.
- If the PS Remote Play app doesn’t automatically find your PS5, select Link device on your console, then enter the code provided in the Remote Play app.
Using PS5 Remote Play on PC, Mac, Android, iOS and PS4
While setting up Remote Play on PS5 is easy, there are a few things you should know before you start streaming. First, connect your PS5 and the destination device to the same network. Ideally, you want to connect both devices using a wired connection (no WiFi).
However, you don’t need an ideal setup for remote play. While the experience is better if both devices are wired, you can use a wireless connection on your destination device. However, it is absolutely essential that you use a wired connection on your PS5. Calling the experience “choppy” when your PS5 uses a wireless connection is generous no matter how fast your internet is.
Step 1: Set up remote play on your PS5
Before you start, go to the Settings menu and select Network. Below the Connection status select Test the internet connection and wait for the test to complete. When it’s done, tick it Connection speed (download) section. You need a download speed of at least 5 Mbps, although Sony recommends 15 Mbps. It’s worth repeating, make sure to connect your PS5 with an Ethernet cable for the best results.
Remote play is not enabled by default on the PS5. Follow to enable the feature Settings> System> Remote Play, then use the slider on the Enable Remote Play institution. That’s all you need to adjust to enable remote play, but don’t exit this screen just yet. You may need it to pair your devices.
Step 2: Download the PS Remote Play app
Before you can pair your devices, you need a device to pair. The PS Remote Play app is available on Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, PS4 and PS5 (yes, you can stream one PS5 to another PS5 if you really want to). The PS5 and PS4 already have the Remote Play app installed – called PS5 Remote Play in your library. For other devices, download the app from Sony.
The app has some specific requirements beyond your internet speed. For Android, you need Android 7 or higher to download the app and use on-screen controls. If you want to connect a DualShock 4 via bluetooth, you need Android 10 or higher. Likewise, Apple devices running iOS 12.1 or later can use the app with on-screen controls, but you’ll need iOS 13 or later to use a DualShock 4 over Bluetooth. The PS Remote Play app does not currently support the DualSense controller, wired or not.
On desktop you need Windows 10 or MacOS 10.13 or higher. You can use a DualShock 4 wirelessly via Bluetooth on the desktop or a DualSense via a wired connection. The desktop app does not yet support the DualSense wirelessly.
Step 3: Pair your devices
Once the download is complete, open the PS Remote Play app on your device of choice and select Log in to PSN. After logging in, you will be asked if you want to stream from a PS5 or PS4. Select PS5 – make sure your PS5 and device are on the same network – and wait for the app to discover your console.
We tested the process on Android and Windows, and in both cases the app and console automatically connected after about a minute. However, you may have to manually pair your devices. If you do, follow Settings> System> Remote play > Link device. Enter the code from your PS5 into the PS Remote Play app and you’re good to go.
Step 4: Start remote play
After you have paired your device and your PS5, you can start streaming when your console and target device are on the same network. You can also wake up your PS5 with the PS Remote Play app. This feature is enabled by default on the PS5, but it never hurts to double check.
To follow Settings> System> Energy saving> Features available in sleep mode. Switch it here Stay connected to the internet and Turn on Enable PS5 over network settings. Note that you can only wake your PS5 from sleep mode, not when it is completely turned off.