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Does Genshin Impact have controller support on Android? (ANSWERED)

Genshin Impact has been out for two years. What gives with controller support for Android users?
genshin impact gameplay with an android controller
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Genshin Impact is a fantastic gacha game that is available across multiple devices. That means it features controls for touchscreen, controller, and mouse & keyboard. Well, for the most part.

You see, when Genshin Impact launched, one thing that was conspicuously missing was controller support for Android gamers. Everyone assumed it would be added rather quickly, but surprisingly that hasn’t been the case.

Now, in September 2022 and with the big 3.0 update out, has HoYoverse added controller support to Genshin Impact?

Does Genshin Impact have Android controller support in 2022?

genshin impact characters including lumine, ventire, shogun, and more
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As of the time of this writing (September 26, 2022) Android still doesn’t feature controller support for Genshin Impact.

Like the long-rumored Nintendo Switch port, HoYoverse is keeping quiet about controller support.

It’s really a bummer, because there are some absolutely great mobile controllers out there, and Genshin is simply better with hardware controls.

Android controller workarounds for Genshin Impact

mantis pro app for controller mapping on genshin impact background image
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All hope is not lost, however. If you want to play the hit mobile game on your Android phone while using a mobile controller, you have options. Well, you have one option.

You can download an app like Mantis Gamepad Pro to map specific parts of your screen to controller inputs.

That said, we have no personal experience using this app, so do your due diligence before downloading any app from the Google Play Store.

Why can’t you use a mobile controller on Android?

mobile game controller on table with iphone 13 playing genshin impact
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HoYoverse has yet to give an official reason why Android users can’t use a mobile controller in Genshin Impact.

Some people have their own thoughts on the matter, however. One popular rumor is that HoYoverse and Apple have a secret agreement to make Genshin Impact better on iPhone than Android devices.

People that believe this point to the fact that iOS players have higher framerate options than literally any other platform.

While that is an odd decision by the creators of the game, we don’t believe that proves anything regarding controller support.

Android users far outnumber iOS users on a global scale. HoYoverse is extremely limiting itself by not including official controller support for Android. A deal with Apple would have to be worth ridiculous amounts and we don’t see that happening.

Will Android ever get controller support for Genshin Impact?

Obviously, the question on everyone’s mind is – when will Genshin Impact get controller support on Android?

At present, there is no official word. The game is getting ready to celebrate its big second anniversary, and there has been no word of this addition.

It’s possible HoYoverse will randomly drop this update in the coming weeks or months. But, we wouldn’t hold our breath.


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