Speaking as a passionate mobile gamer, finding the best smartphone gaming accessories can save you from bad controls, a dying battery, tinny audio, and limited internal storage. With cloud-based streaming platforms on the rise and the best Android games adding controller support and more demanding graphics, having the right Android gaming accessories on hand can make or break a gaming session. We’ve rounded up the best controllers, battery packs, and headphones that you should consider if you want to step your game up.
One size fits most
Built to slot in almost any Android phone with a center USB-C port, the Kishi runs off your phone battery and supports passthrough charging. Unlike most Bluetooth controllers, you’ll never have to charge it, it collapses into a convenient travel size, input lag is never a problem, and it’s less conspicuous than a gaming-clip controller when playing on the go.
Built for phones, tablets and PC
SteelSeries Stratus Duo
The Stratus Duo uses Bluetooth to sync with Android and a Wi-Fi dongle to connect to your PC, meaning you won’t have to disconnect from one to play on the other — just flip a switch on its back and you’re good to go! It’s quite comfortable to hold for marathon sessions its rechargeable lithium-ion battery should last you 20 hours. The only thing that’s missing is haptic feedback, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for most mobile gamers.
For elite configurations
Razer Raiju Mobile
The Razer Raiju Mobile is an expensive controller, but for your money, you get one of the best Bluetooth controllers for a smartphone that you will ever own. Features include remappable buttons and an accompanying app that lets you set up custom control profiles for games. It’s also got a sturdy phone mount and can remember and instantly pair with two different phones over Bluetooth or through a wired connection.
Modern meets retro
8Bitdo SN30 Pro
Calling all 90s kids! 8Bitdo has created this Bluetooth controller to include all the modern features you demand from a controller including rumble functions and dual-stick controls while staying true to the iconic design of the Super Nintendo controller. This is an especially good option if you’re a nostalgic gamer looking to install some retro gaming emulators on your phone.
Get a better grip
GameSir F2 Grip
Sometimes the worst part about gaming on a phone for long stretches of time is that our phones weren’t designed to be held in landscape for hours at a time. If you regularly get hand cramps while gaming, this universal phone grip accessory can give your palms something substantial to rest on while also including an on-screen joystick adapter that works pretty good with MOBA-style games.
Block out distractions
TaoTronics Active Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
When you’re gaming, the last thing want is distractions — and this issue is worse with mobile gaming where you might be playing on a bus or somewhere else that’s noisy. With these TaoTronics over-ear Bluetooth headphones, you’ll be able to cut out most of that noise with the built-in noise cancellation while enjoying 30-hour battery life and a price that fits any gamer’s budget.
Best USB-C earbuds
RAZER Hammerhead USB-C ANC
If you want active noise canceling to block out the real world for your gaming world, but prefer earbuds to over-ear headphones, the Razer Hammerhead is one of our favorites. It comes with comfortable memory foam tips and impressive sound quality.
Extend your gaming sessions
Aukey PD Power Bank (10000mAh)
Aukey offers a sleek and slim phone-sized battery pack that will let you extend your gaming sessions or quickly recharge your phone on the go. The reason we recommend this one over other similar battery packs is that it offers USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 output with a total power output of up to 18W.
Petite power boost
Charmast Power Bank 10,000mAh
The best smartphone gaming accessories should be as easy to carry around as your phone itself, and this palm-sized power bank has enough power to recharge your phone but will barely make a dent in your pocket. It can charge or be charged via Micro-USB input, USB-C input/output, or QuickCharge 3.0 USB-A output.
A retro gamers‘ best friend
Samsung 128GB Evo Select microSD
Not all Android phones support expandable storage via microSD — but if yours does you can absolutely use one to sideload your phone with games not found on the Google Play Store or your favorite ROMs from your childhood. Samsung makes reliable cards and the EVO Select 128GB offers the best value.
Get ready for Project xCloud
8BitDo SN30 Pro for Project xCloud
If you’re specifically looking to stream Game Pass titles on your phone, 8BitDo has teamed up with Microsoft for a themed version of its popular SN30 Pro. Unlike the original version, this controller comes with a phone clip and lets you customize trigger and thumbstick sensitivity as well as button mapping — plus you get the Xbox home button.
Google gaming must-have
Stadia subscribers can play with any Bluetooth controller, but it’s worth investing in the official controller, which is extremely comfortable for long play sessions and has useful Stadia-specific buttons like the one-touch capture button. It will work across your PC and Android devices, including non-Stadia platforms like Steam. For mobile gaming specifically, however, you’ll need to invest in a phone stand.
Building up your collection of the best smartphone gaming accessories will vary based on whether you’re planning on using them on the road or at home. Our favorites fall into specific categories: you need the best Android controllers so you don’t need to rely on your touchscreen; some of the best USB-C headphones or best wireless headphones to get better audio quality and spare passersby the noise; a USB-C portable charger or power bank in case your game wipes out your battery; and a quality microSD card, assuming your phone has expandable storage and you’re not using cloud gaming platforms.
You’ll find plenty of Bluetooth controllers that can work for hardcore gaming on your phone, but none more convenient than the Razer Kishi, which basically converts your phone into a handheld console. It’s powered by your phone and supports USB-C passthrough, so you only need to worry about keeping one device charged. Just make sure you have a Kishi-compatible phone before buying one.
Then, to make your mobile gaming experience as high-end as possible, you’ll want headphones that will let your game audio cut through any distractions. Depending on whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear audio, the TaoTronics ANC Bluetooth or Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC headphones both fit the bill, without costing as much as other high-end headphones.
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