How to Connect and Calibrate Game Controllers With BlueStacks Emulator

BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator that allows you to run Android apps and games on your PC. If you enjoy mobile gaming but prefer playing on a bigger screen, BlueStacks provides the perfect solution.

One of the best features of BlueStacks is its native support for game controllers, allowing for an enhanced and more immersive gaming experience. In this detailed guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about connecting and calibrating game controllers with BlueStacks.

Supported Game Controllers

BlueStacks supports a wide variety of gaming controllers, including:

  • Xbox controllers
  • Logitech gamepads
  • Redgear controllers
  • PDP controllers
  • PS4 controllers (with additional software to emulate an Xbox controller)

As long as your controller is natively supported by Windows, it should work seamlessly with BlueStacks.

Connecting a Game Controller

Connecting your game controller to BlueStacks is simple:

  1. Install BlueStacks on your computer and launch the app player
  2. With BlueStacks open, plug your controller into a USB port on your computer
  3. A notification should appear indicating the controller is now connected
  4. You may need to restart BlueStacks for it to fully recognize the controller

For wireless controllers like Xbox, simply pair it to your computer via Bluetooth before launching BlueStacks.

Enabling Gamepad Support

Once your controller is connected, you need to enable gamepad support in BlueStacks:

  1. Click on the hamburger menu icon in the top right
  2. Go to Settings > Preferences
  3. Under Game Control Settings, toggle “Enable Gamepad Detection” to on

This will allow BlueStacks to detect button presses and analog stick movements from your connected gamepad.

Customizing Gamepad Controls

Many games have pre-configured gamepad control schemes. But you can further customize the controls to your liking:

  1. Launch a game in BlueStacks
  2. Click on the gamepad icon in the sidebar to open the controls editor
  3. Drag and drop control actions onto your desired gamepad buttons
  4. Click save to apply your custom control scheme

Use the advanced settings to fine-tune analog stick deadzones and sensitivity.

Gamepad Compatibility Issues

If your controller isn’t natively supported by Windows, you may run into compatibility issues with BlueStacks. Additional software can be used to emulate an Xbox controller:

  • For PS4 controllers, use DS4Windows
  • Generic controllers may work with x360ce

This translates inputs from other controllers into Xbox inputs that BlueStacks can recognize.

Recommended Games for Controllers

Here are some great Android games to play with a gamepad on BlueStacks:

  • Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • Dead Trigger 2
  • Modern Combat 5
  • Minecraft
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The intuitive controls and enhanced precision of a gamepad improves gameplay for any action, racing, or adventure titles.

Tips for Using Gamepads Effectively

  • Switch between gamepad and mouse/keyboard seamlessly by tapping the control icon
  • Use the guide to edit controls if the default scheme doesn’t suit your preferences
  • Adjust sensitivity and deadzones for precision aim in first-person shooter games
  • For maximum comfort, connect BlueStacks to your TV and play from the couch with a wireless controller

Troubleshooting Controller Issues

If your gamepad isn’t responding properly in BlueStacks, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Update your controller drivers and reboot
  • Disable and re-enable gamepad support in settings
  • Launch BlueStacks as Administrator
  • Adjust analog stick and trigger deadzones
  • Use a different USB port if connection is intermittent

This should resolve most gamepad compatibility and responsiveness issues you encounter.


Connecting your favorite game controller to BlueStacks helps unlock its full potential as a mobile gaming platform. The ability to customize controls and sensitivity provides a tailored experience across various game genres.

With the detailed guide above, you should now feel comfortable linking controllers to BlueStacks, personalizing your control schemes, and troubleshooting any issues that crop up. So grab your gamepad of choice and enjoy mobile gaming with a console-quality setup right on your desktop.