Best controllers for Android tablets 2024

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. Most of the best game controllers for Android aren't compatible with tablets. And the few controllers that are built for tablets tend to be a bit lackluster. 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

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Because tablets are larger and heavier than most phones, it's probably a good idea to use a regular Xbox or DualSense controller and then prop up the device with a tabletop stand. Very few products like the iPega PG-9083S can actually cradle a tablet between the grips due to their size, and most aren't worth the money you'd have to spend on them.

Likewise, it'd be nearly impossible to use a controller clip with a tablet because most aren't designed for large devices; it would also be incredibly uncomfortable to hold with it being so top-heavy. Though there are tablet grips and claws on the market designed for gaming, this is another case where the quality just isn't there most of the time.

The PowerA Moga XP7-X Plus is especially great because it includes a tabletop stand with the controller and it works with other mobile phones perfectly. If you don't already have an Xbox or DualSense controller to use and you aren't looking for a PC controller, that's probably the way to go for tablets.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.

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