Turn Your Android Phone Into A DIY Portable Game Console

Android: If you have an Android phone or tablet, it’s easy to turn it into a portable console. Here’s how to do it.

First, you’ll need to find out if your device is OTG (on-the-go) compatible. This means you can control your Android device with a gaming controller by connecting them with an OTG cable. Do a quick Google search for your phone’s make and model and “OTG support”. You may see right away if your device is supported, but if not, CNet suggests using USB OTG Helper, a free root app that will tell you if your device is supported.

Once you know your phone supports OTG, you can grab a cable (shop around online). Then you can use it to connect your Android device and gaming controller via USB. Download and launch your favourite gaming emulator then play. You can even stream to your Chromecast device to play on the big screen, but a tablet is a good enough size for many games. The video above from buaydianway shows you what the final product looks like.


  • Damn, I thought this article was how to hook your console up to your tablet to use that as your screen if you don’t have access to a TV. Was excited until I clicked the link and I just got a story about playing games on your device using a controller.

    This is hardly news…any Android user that’s interested in gaming has likely used a controller to control their games at some point, many of them also using emulators to play older games.

    Bluetooth controllers also work reasonably well if you have one, though obviously you can’t use an official Playstation or Xbox controller that way.

    • News to me. I’ve purchased a raspberry pi, lcd and usb controller to hack together a handheld emulator. Now it turns out I could have got one of these cables and run emulator on my phone :þ Will still do it for the hell of it, but controller+phone will get more use.

      • I’m not sure how you’d have the technical know-how to build a raspberry pi powered emulator but not know that you can run an emulator on your phone…but ok 😛

        • Oh I knew I could run an emulator, but never put any thought into the ability to connect a controller. I tend to look towards complicated solutions – they intrigue me more 😀

          Raspberry Pi emulator is easy – after all its just a linux desktop with an emulator running on it. Designing cases, soldering circuits, etc is where the fun is for me.

  • I thought this article would have more information than just “try plugging a controller into your phone”.
    Like maybe a list of popular emulators, or a hub for emulators like Zamasyle’s Nostalgia for Ouya (https://www.ouya.tv/game/Nostalgia/). Possibly even a list of non-emulator games that work well / better with a controller. A guide to building a mount to mount your existing controller to your phone (or vice versa)? You know, something useful.

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