Android phones aren’t the only devices that mobile gamers play on. While some games are designed to take advantage of smaller screens, others are decidedly not, especially those that are streamed over the cloud with Xbox Game Pass. That’s where people like to bring a tablet into the fold. Android tablets offer larger screens to view the action, but the downside is that it can be difficult to find the perfect compatible controller.
There aren’t too many controllers designed specifically for tablets since their screens are often over 7 inches diagonally. Even great controllers for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, one of the larger phones on the market, won’t be able to support most tablets. And the few controllers that are built for tablets tend to be not so great. That being said, these are the best controllers we’ve found for tablets, whether that means turning your device into a Nintendo Switch of sorts or propping it up on a stand for tabletop play.
The best controllers for Android tablets
This two-in-one design is the complete package. The PowerA Moga XP7-X Plus works as an excellent phone controller, but it also has a tabletop stand included for tablet play. Plus, the stand easily slides in and out of the controller for easy transport. Its excellent textured thumbsticks and battery indicator are just the cherries on top.
Advanced haptics (for PS5)
Its haptics may not work on Android, but that doesn’t stop the DualSense from being a great choice for tablets. Aside from using a traditional console controller design that more people may be comfortable with, it works wonderfully with PC as well. Those who use PlayStation consoles and Android will feel right at home.
Microsoft nearly perfected the controller design with the Xbox wireless controller, and thankfully, it’s compatible with just about every device imaginable through Bluetooth. It doesn’t get much better than this, but its biggest downside for tablet gaming is that you’ll need to find a separate tabletop stand to prop up your device.
Designed for tablets
This is one of the few controllers designed for tablets that’s actually pretty decent. It can comfortably fit phones and tablets up to around 8 inches. It uses a Bluetooth 4.0 connection and is supported by devices running Android 6.0 or later. It will not work with iPhones or iPads.
Sometimes a retro build is what’s best for you, and that’s something 8Bitdo excels at. Its SN30 Pro controller is perfect for sidescrollers and boasts a long battery life that’ll keep you gaming on your tablet for hours on end. Like most other controllers, you’ll want to pair it with a separate tabletop stand.
KABCON Adjustable Tablet Stand
Versatile tabletop stand
If you don’t have a tabletop stand, you’ll want to get one if you play games frequently. This adjustable and foldable model supports tablets in landscape and portrait modes. It can hold devices from 4.7 inches all the way up to 13 inches, making it a wonderful and affordable stand to use while gaming.