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How to set up PS4 Remote Play


Sony’s Remote Play is a convenient feature that allows you to stream your PlayStation 4 to compatible devices. It’s so you can play your PS4 games even if your TV is being used by somebody else. The setup for it is simple; here’s what you need to do.

Remote-ly Play-able Accessories

  • Midnight Skies: Midnight Blue – DualShock 4 Wireless Controller ($60 at Amazon)
  • Lightning Charge: PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station ($19 at Amazon)

Preparing your PS4

First and foremost you want to make sure your PlayStation 4 has the settings turned on to allow Remote Play connections.

Start by going to your PS4 Settings

Click on Remote Play Connection Settings

Make sure the Enable Remote Play box is checked

The next step is optional but highly recommended to make future Remote Play sessions easier. This will allow you to turn your sleeping PS4 from your PC, Mac, or other device as you launch Remote Play.

Return to your Settings menu
Click on Power Save Settings

Go into the Set Features Available in Rest Mode options
Make sure Stay Connected to the Internet and ** Enable Turning on PS4 from Network** are both enabled

Installing Remote Play

Now that your PlayStation 4 is set up to connect with Remote Play devices you can install and launch Remote Play on the platform you plan to use.

For PC or Mac

Go to the Remote Play download site here and select your operating system.
Run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions for proper installation
With your PS4 on or in rest mode, launch Remote Play

For iOS and Xperia

Go to the PlayStation Remote Play website here

Scroll down to the Xperia and iOS section and click on the link to your operating system


Download the App
With your PS4 on or in rest mode, launch Remote Play

Expansion for Android?

Currently, the only Android devices that are allowed to run Remote Play are Sony’s Xperia phones and tablets. Most high-end Android phones have the capability to run the app, but it remains locked to them. However, in PlayStations 6.5.0 update they expanded to allow iOS devices. With this inclusion of iOS there is currently a push, asking Sony to expand the supported Android devices as well.

Now that your PlayStation 4 is set up and your device has Remote Play installed, you are ready to play. If you followed the optional steps to enable your network to turn on your PS4, anytime your PS4 is in rest mode, you can simply launch automatically from Remote Play. Otherwise, you will have to turn your PS4 on manually before starting Remote Play. But, either way, you now can play without needing the TV which is connected to your console, hopefully cutting down on some of those screen time arguments. Enjoy and play away!

Accessorize your Remote Play experience

Midnight Skies

Midnight Blue – DualShock 4 Wireless Controller


$60 at Amazon

A personal touch

Remote Play requires a DualShock controller to navigate and play in the app, so why not make it your favorite controller. Pick up a DualShock controller in your favorite color, connect, and play.

Lightning Charge

PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station


$19 at Amazon

Wireless is best

Almost everybody I know prefers not to be tied down by wires when gaming. Keep your DualShock 4’s charged up between sessions with a charging dock. No cables to trip on or tangle up.


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