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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Gaming on tablets made easy

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.

One of our favorite controllers to use on Android is the 8BitDo Pro 2 controller which is available in gray, black, and G Classic, a color that may look familiar to retro gamers.  It connects via BlueTooth  so there's no messing with dongles or adapters, and charging with USB-C means you can use the same cable you use to charge your tablet. Last but certainly not least, you can option this controller with hall effect sticks which don't get stick drift and feel great to use.

Nick Ransbottom
Freelance writer, VR/AR

Nick is a freelance journalist and games reviewer with a passion for RPGs, bad puns, and VR. When he isn’t guesting on podcasts or streaming on Twitch, he’s probably playing Borderlands with his husband.