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Accessing PlayStation Remotely without Contract Phone Plan

Published December 9, 2021

Did you know you could access your PlayStation console remotely through your Smartphone? Actually, more than just a smartphone, you can play your PlayStation games remotely using a computer, tablet, or Smartphone. You can do so on Android and iOS devices. The best part of it is you don’t need to have a contract cellphone plan to do it.

Honestly, I have a hard time understanding why anyone would want to tie themselves into a contract phone plan, but that’s not the topic of this article. Let’s talk about PlayStation games.

Access the PlayStation Console Remotely

This feature only works on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 systems. The method to access is the same for both systems. First, you must download the free app PS Remote Play. The best way to get it is to go to the Playstation website and download it. The PS Remote Play can be found here

PS Remote App

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FYI, the PS Remote app is not compatible with the Amazon Fire Tablet. It also doesn’t work on the Amazon Fire TV.

Not compatible with Amazon Fire Tablet

PC/Tablet/Phone Setup

The first thing to do before downloading the app is to prepare the PlayStation for remote access. To do this, turn on the console, navigate to Settings, then scroll down to Remote Play Connection Settings and place a check in the Enable Remote Play box. Now that the console is receptive, it’s time to download the app.

After you’ve downloaded the app to your device, open it sign into the PlayStation network.

Welcome Page

Before signing in, however, make sure to review the data you provide. I usually select “Modify Setting” and choose the Limited option.

Data Sharing Options

Once you’ve confirmed your data sharing choice, the app will ask you to pair the controller (see below for how to pair the controller). However, if you’re using a touch screen such as an iPhone or iPad, this is optional.

Click Allow on the message about accessing your network and then select which console you’re using whether it’s PS5 or 4.

After selecting your gaming console, the app will connect to the network and locate the PlayStation. That’s if all goes smoothly.

There are occasions when it’s necessary to connect the PlayStation manually. To do that, go into the PlayStation’s Settings, Remote Play Connection Settings and Add Device. The PlayStation will display a code number for you to insert in the necessary link box on the app.

You have 300 seconds in which to get this done (5 minutes). After inserting the code, the app will connect to the PlayStation

Using PS Controls

If you’re using a touch screen such as a Smartphone, you’ll have access to all of the controls on-screen. Just one touch activates the PS controller. The controls appear as a ghosted overlay over the PlayStation screen.

However, if you’re using a device that doesn’t have a touch screen, you’ll need to pair the PS controllers to the device.

Pairing the Controller

Pairing the PlayStation controller is almost like pairing any Bluetooth device. First, make sure the controller is off. If the light is on, depress the “home” button until it turns off. Once off, press the “home” and “share” buttons simultaneously until the controller light starts to blink. Once it blinks it’s ready to pair.

Access the Bluetooth settings on your device to connect to the PlayStation controller and you’re ready to go. Keep in mind, however, that if you want to use the controller with the console again, not remotely, you'll have to pair it with the Playstation console before playing.

NOTE: If you look closely, you’ll notice this remote session was performed on an old iPhone without a SIM card. In other words, you can do this with a phone on a prepaid service plan, or no plan at all, just as long as you have an internet connection.

Did you know?: If you meet the Lifeline criteria, you may qualify to receive a free device (smartphone or tablet) along with discounted or free wireless service (plans vary by state).

About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.

Last Modified: 8 December 2021

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