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Just in time for Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox controllers can now be remapped on iPhones

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What you need to know

  • iOS 14.5 brings several customization options for connected Xbox controllers.
  • Following the update, you can remap buttons on a per-app basis and adjust feedback settings.
  • Microsoft recently started testing Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS devices to invited Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

iOS 14.5 started rolling out earlier this week. The update brings several new features, including Face ID with Apple Watch, AirTag support, and updates to Siri. In addition to all of the headline features, the update brings some new customization options for connected Xbox controllers. You should be able to customize settings for other connected controllers as well, though we are still testing that out.

Once you update to iOS 14.5, you'll be able to remap the buttons of your Xbox controller on a per-app basis. You can also adjust feedback settings, disable screenshots, and disable video clips. These features were part of the iOS 14.5 public beta and have now made their way to everyone.

Our sister site iMore outlines these new options in its guide on how to use an Xbox One or Series X controller with iPhone or iPad.

These new options come at a great time for gaming on iOS devices. Microsoft just started rolling out Xbox Cloud Gaming for iOS to some Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. Most people will have to wait until the end of the year to stream games to their iPhone through Xbox Cloud Gaming.

If you plan to stream games to your iPhone, you should check out the best Xbox Project xCloud game streaming accessories.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.