How To Configure Joystick Center App (for Android)

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I got really excited when I read that I could connect USB devices like the Xbox 360 controller to my Android 4.0 (and up) phone. But then, that excitement started to die down when I realized that some of my favorite games didn’t support the use of external gamepads. After a little searching, I found an app called USB/BT Joystick Center on Google Play. This app helps you get your controller working with those uncompatible games, but it can be a little tricky to setup.

So, I decided to make a video showing you exactly how it is done using Modern Combat 3 above. For the written instructions, see below.

Note: While the USB/BT Joystick Center app itself doesn’t require root access, the plug-in you must use in order to be able to map a controller with non supported games does. 

  1. Download the USB/BT Joystick Center app from Google Play. It costs $4.79.
  2. Download the USB/BT Joystick2Touch app from the developer’s site.
  3. Connect the controller to your phone (or tablet). You can get an OTG cable from Amazon to do this.
  4. Open the USB/BT Joystick Center main app.
  5. Tap “search” if it didn’t automatically find your controller. Once it does, tap on your controller’s name.
  6. On the top bar, turn on the Joystick IME and J>T buttons by tapping on them.
  7. Program the “Touch Edit – M” button to a button you won’t use on the controller itself. Do this by tapping on the Touch Edit – M button and then pressing the button you want to program it to on your controller.
  8. Press the back button to close out the application.
  9. Open the game you want to map the controller for, get into gameplay, and then press the button on your controller you programmed for Touch Edit – M.
  10. Now you can begin programming each button for a specific action by pressing and holding the button you want to program on your controller, then pressing and holding on the button on the touchscreen. For example, hold the trigger button on your controller and then press and hold the shoot button on the game itself. Once you do this, a little silver icon should show up in that spot.
  11. Program all the buttons you want between the controller and the game.
  12. Press the same button on your controller that you programmed Touch Edit – M for to save your changes.

That’s pretty much it. I’d strongly recommend you go back into the Joystick Center main app and export your settings and name the file after the particular game because otherwise when you edit for another game it will overwrite your settings. Whenever you want your old settings back, you can just go back to the app and press the import button.

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Yama Saidi is an author at PhoneBuff.com. He has a passion for the latest gadgets and gizmos, with an affinity for stock Android and Nexus devices.

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