Today Stadia is finally making it possible to use the Stadia controller in a wireless format when playing games on Android smartphones.
This has been one of the most requested features for Stadia since it launched in November of 2019. Only just recently gaining the support for wireless play on Chrome a little earlier this year.
Initially, the Stadia controller only supported wireless play on Chromecast Ultra, with support for Android and Chrome said to be "coming later on." At the time users no doubt assumed it would be soon, and not nearly eight months later.
Nevertheless, the feature is here now, and that means more freedom when playing Stadia games on your mobile device.
Stadia controller wireless support for Android means more choices
Stadia has supported wireless controller support on phones since the beginning. But not everyone had an Xbox One wireless controller or a DualShock 4 laying around.
Or a mobile controller like the Razer Kishi for that matter. Some may have purchased the Founder or Premiere bundles for the controller with no other gaming platforms in the home. So the added support for wireless play on phones is a big deal.
It gives users more choices for what controller to use, too. For example, you may have another wireless controller to use when you play from your Android device. But maybe you prefer the feel of the Stadia controller.
No longer are you locked into keeping the controller tethered by way of a USB-C cable.
The support will be rolling out to users on June 30
Officially, the feature is here. But in practice users may not be able to access it yet. Google will be rolling out wireless Stadia controller support for phones today, June 30.
To be able to use the controller wirelessly, users will need to have the latest version of the Stadia app. So check your app for available updates and update it if need be. Beyond having the latest version of the Stadia app, users will also need to make sure that their controller and Android phone are on the same WiFi network.
After that simply launch a game and there should be on-screen instructions for pairing the phone and the controller together. If you aren't seeing those instructions, then the feature is probably not live for you yet.
The good news with all of this, is that users can now charge their phones while playing Stadia games with the Stadia controller. Which was one of the bigger drawbacks of having to use the wired connection. As charging couldn't be done at the same time.