Using Android phone as a PC GamePad or Steering Wheel

In this tutorial, learn how to use your Android phone as a PC gamepad or steering wheel.

Certain PC games, such as fighting games and platformers, are simply better with a gamepad, and racing games with a keyboard are horrible. Maybe you travel a lot with your gaming laptop, and a gamepad, let alone a whole steering wheel, takes up too much room in your suitcase.

I’ll show you how to set up your Android phone as a joystick or steering wheel for PC gaming in this article.

Use Android device as a PC steering wheel

Gyroscopes and accelerometers are built into most recent Android devices, which means they can precisely detect directional tilting. So, with a little setup, utilizing your phone as a steering wheel for racing games is perfectly possible. Both your Android phone and your PC must be linked to the same WiFi network, or Bluetooth must be used.

There are a number of apps that can help you do this, and we’ll name a couple, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll pick Touch Racer, which you can get here from Google Play. Touch Racer is simple to set up, but it only has acceleration and braking buttons. Other apps may include additional buttons for shifting, camera view, and other features.

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1. You must to download the PC desktop client after installing Touch Racer on your Android phone.

2. Touch Racer is a game that you can play on your Android phone as well as on your PC. If your phone and PC are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network or are Bluetooth linked, the PC client should detect your device immediately and set the connection status to “connected” without any additional procedures.

3. Go to Settings in the Touch Racer app on your phone. The various settings are entirely up to you, but they mostly affect the steering sensitivity. Accelerator and brake sensitivity refers to how much you need to swipe your screen up or down to get maximum acceleration/braking.

4. The Steering sensor is one setting you might wish to alter from “Just an accelerometer” to “Accelerometer + Gyroscope.” The software states that this results in more precise steering at the expense of delay, but I haven’t seen any.

5. After you’ve configured the program, simply press “Start playing” to start playing some of your favorite racing games on your PC. You may need to adjust the controls for your “steering wheel” in the game’s options.

Also, if your car is steering without you tilting your phone, see if your game has a “Re-Calibrate Steering Wheel” option, and press it while holding your phone in a perfect landscape angle, as if you were holding a real steering wheel is dead center.

Use Android device as a PC gamepad

There are a variety of programs for utilizing your Android mobile to operate your PC, including as a controller, but we’re looking for one with adjustable button layouts, thumbstick emulation, and quick response time.

1. We’ll use DroidJoy for this because it supports both XInput and DInput, but there are other similar apps in the Play Store.

2. Install both the DroidJoy app and the DroidJoy desktop client on your smartphone.

3. Start the desktop client on your PC and make sure your Android device and PC are on the same WiFi network or have a shared Bluetooth connection.

4. Start the desktop client on your PC and make sure your Android device and PC are on the same WiFi network or have a shared Bluetooth connection.

5. On your Android device, open the DroidJoy app and hit “Search server” in the Connect box. Then all you have to do is connect to the PC client and you’re ready to go.

6. You can customize the button layout in the Android app’s Settings menu, or choose a pre-configured configuration from the dropdown menu.

That’s about it.

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