Which controllers can I use with Amazon Luna?

The Amazon Luna and Xbox Wireless controllers next to each other
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Best answer: The Luna Controller, Xbox One Controller, DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, Razer Kishi, PC mouse and keyboard, and both Android phones and iPhones are all Amazon Luna-compatible controllers. Other third-party Bluetooth controllers may require downloaded drivers to work or may not support all Luna features or mapped buttons.


How to connect each official Luna-compatible controller

The Amazon Luna controller connects to your Wi-Fi network. You must download the official Luna app on Android or iOS, then put the controller in pairing mode by holding down the Home button for 3 seconds so you can set it up in the Luna app.

To put the Xbox One or DualShock 4 controllers in pairing mode, hold down the Pair button (Xbox) or the Share and PS buttons (DualShock) until the light begins to flash. Then use the standard Bluetooth settings on your Luna-compatible device to sync the controller.

Since Amazon Luna has both Mac and Windows desktop apps, as well as works directly through Chrome on Chromebooks, you can use your native keyboard and mouse or trackpad to play games directly. 

If you want to play on your Android phone or iPhone, then the one officially supported mobile controller accessory is the Razer Kishi. It envelops your phone with the buttons and sticks on each side, turning it into a handheld Luna console. 

Razer Kishi V2 hands on

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Lastly, you can use your phone itself as a Luna controller. You must open the Luna app on another device and select "Play with Phone Controller," then open the Luna Controller app on your phone and hit "Launch" to connect the two. 

You can technically pair other Bluetooth controllers to an Amazon Luna-compatible device, but as Amazon explains it, the controller may lack the necessary "drivers" to work, so you must "visit the support section of the third-party controller's website" and see if there's something available to download.

For example, we successfully paired a PS5 DualSense controller to an Amazon Fire Stick, only to find that the Square button corresponded to "A," the "X" button to "B," L2 to L1, and L1 to R1, at which point we stopped checking and unpaired it. That kind of mix-up is what you can expect, so we wouldn't bother trying with another controller.

Which to choose?

Amazon Luna controller in hand

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Without a doubt, your best option for Amazon Luna-compatible controllers is the official model. It has an Amazon Luna Controller app that links your controller directly to Amazon's servers and your account. That means that if you start playing on Fire TV and then switch to your phone, you won't have to reconnect via Bluetooth to the new device — you can just keep playing uninterrupted. It also gives you lower latency than a typical Bluetooth connection, game audio directly from the controller's 3.5mm port, and a dedicated Alexa voice assistant button.

On the other hand, in our Amazon Luna hands-on, we found that the controller is essentially a more expensive Xbox controller with the same button layout that relies on AA batteries, and we weren't thrilled with its comfort level. We're not saying you should avoid it, but just be aware that it will give you a different feel to which you may be accustomed.

Otherwise, you can test out one of the above controllers before buying the Luna controller, so long as you're okay with it being slightly more inconvenient. Or, you can and should consider the Razer Kishi if you mainly plan to play Luna on your phone.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.