Call of Duty Mobile: Complete Controls Guide

Need to know how to pair an Xbox One or PS4 controller to Call of Duty: Mobile, or how to use any of the mobile controls?


Published by Activision and developed by Chinese gaming giant Tencent, Call of Duty: Mobile was always going to be a global hit.

With the brand Call of Duty combined with the accessibility of free mobile gaming, the first-person shooter has accumulated well over 150 million downloads despite still being a relatively young game.


Once you download and open the app, you’re put through a quick training mode, called the boot camp, which leads you through aspects like movement and shooting.

However, there are many more Call of Duty: Mobile controls to learn, including how to connect a console controller – such as an Xbox One controller or PlayStation 4 controller – to the game.

Here are the Call of Duty: Mobile controls that you need to know.

Call of Duty: Mobile Basic Multiplayer Controls

In the Call of Duty: Mobile game, while there are a few different game modes, there are some basic controls which carry across most modes.

There are two different control set-ups on mobile. You can select to use either the Simple Mode or Advanced Mode in the Settings (found via the cog at the top right of the screen).

These are the Simple Mode controls:

Control Button Action
Move Left Side (Circle Analogue) Press and drag
Sprint Left Side (Circle Analogue) Press and drag fully forwards
View Right Side Press and drag
Pick-Up Bottom Middle (above weapon bar) Press the item
Shoot (Automatic) Right Side Drag the crosshairs over the target
Reload Bottom Right Magazine Button Press the button
Aim Middle Right Target Button Press the button
Activate Scorestreak Bottom Left of Bar Tap Scorestreak Button
Select Stowed Weapon Rightmost Weapon on Bar Tap weapon
Use Grenade Button to Right of Weapon Bar Press to activate, tap to throw
Change Grenade Button to Right of Weapon Bar Press to activate, tap the yellow arrow to change
Crouch Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button
Prone Bottom Right Kneeling Button Hold the button
Stand Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button while in Crouch or Prone
Slide Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button while sprinting
Jump Rightmost Jumping Button Tap the button
Mantle Rightmost Jumping Button Tap the button with an object in front of you
Knife Foe Pop-Up Button on the Right Tap the button
Throw Back Grenade Pop-Up Button on the Right Tap the button
Activate Operator Skills Under Map Hexagon Button Tap the button when it glows yellow
Chat Under Map Chat Button Tap the button to send messages
Auto-Run Bottom Left of Map Running Button Tap the button
Toggle Voice Chat Left of Map Microphone Button Tap the button
Mute Chat Left of Map Sound Button Tap the button
Settings Left of Map Cog Button Tap the button
Show Emote Left of Map Thumbs-up Button Tap the button, select from Emote wheel
See Map Map in Top Right Tap the mini-map

These are the Advanced Mode controls. As you can see, very little changes outside of the aim and shoot controls:

Control Button Action
Move Left Side (Circle Analogue) Press and drag
Sprint Left Side (Circle Analogue) Press and drag fully forwards
View Right Side Press and drag
Pick-Up Bottom Middle (above weapon bar) Press the item
Shoot Right Side Bullet Button Press and drag
Reload Bottom Right Magazine Button Press the button
Aim Right Side Bullet Button Press and hold
Activate Scorestreak Bottom Left of Bar Tap Scorestreak Button
Shoot from the Hip Left Side Bullet Button Press the button
Select Stowed Weapon Rightmost Weapon on Bar Tap weapon
Use Grenade Button to Right of Weapon Bar Press to activate, tap to throw
Change Grenade Button to Right of Weapon Bar Press to activate, tap the yellow arrow to change
Crouch Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button
Prone Bottom Right Kneeling Button Hold the button
Stand Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button while in Crouch or Prone
Slide Bottom Right Kneeling Button Tap the button while sprinting
Jump Rightmost Jumping Button Tap the button
Mantle Rightmost Jumping Button Tap the button with an object in front of you
Knife Foe Pop-Up Button on the Right Tap the button
Throw Back Grenade Pop-Up Button on the Right Tap the button
Activate Operator Skills Under Map Hexagon Button Tap the button when it glows yellow
Chat Under Map Chat Button Tap the button to send messages
Auto-Run Bottom Left of Map Running Button Tap the button
Toggle Voice Chat Left of Map Microphone Button Tap the button
Mute Chat Left of Map Sound Button Tap the button
Settings Left of Map Cog Button Tap the button
Show Emote Left of Map Thumbs-up Button Tap the button, select from Emote wheel
See Map Map in Top Right Tap the mini-map

Call of Duty: Mobile Battle Royale Controls

Once you get a grip of the basic multiplayer controls for Call of Duty: Mobile, you’ll find it easy playing the Battle Royale Mode.

However, there are a few new buttons that you’ll need to consider on top of, or instead of, those listed above.

Control Button Action
Change Camera Bottom Left Yellow Switch Tap the button to change from first-person to third-person
Drive the Vehicle Pop-Up Steering Wheel Button Tap the button
Be a Passenger in the Vehicle Pop-Up Seat Button Tap the button
Open Door Pop-Up Door Button Tap the button
Revive a Teammate Pop-Up Button Tap the button
See Loadout Backpack Button Tap the button
Activate Skill Under Map Hexagon Button Tap the button when it glows yellow

Once you enter a vehicle in Call of Duty: Mobile, the controls will change slightly. Below, you can see all three vehicle controls settings, with Layout A being the default vehicle settings for the driver.

To change the vehicle controls in Call of Duty: Mobile, simply go into the Settings and over to the BR Settings tab.

Customise Call of Duty: Mobile Controls

It is possible to change the position of just about every button on your mobile to create a friendlier set-up for your Call of Duty: Mobile controls.

To do this, all that you have to do is go into the Settings, into Controls, and then select the mode (Multiplayer Mode, Battle Royale Mode, or Zombie Mode) for which you’d like to change the layout of the controls.

How to Use Call of Duty: Mobile controller support

Using a mobile phone as a controller isn’t for everyone, so Call of Duty: Mobile allows you to sync your mobile to a console controller for use in the game.

As it stands, the official Xbox One and PS4 Dualshock 4 controllers are compatible with the mobile game, with the exception of first-generation controllers.

Controllers can only be used during games, such as in multiplayer or the Battle Royale mode, with the touch-screen interface of the mobile still being needed to navigate the main menu, lobby, and in-game menus.

To pair and sync your controller with Call of Duty: Mobile, follow these steps:

  • First of all, you’ll need to turn on your device’s Bluetooth – usually found in the phone’s Settings app.
  • Next, when on in your device’s Bluetooth menu, you’ll need to pair your console controller to your mobile via Bluetooth.
    • Xbox One: Press and hold the Sync Button and the Xbox Button on the controller.
    • PlayStation 4: Press and hold the Share Button and the PS Button on the controller.
  • If your controller doesn’t connect the first time or an error appears, simply try again a few times until it sticks.
    • Make sure that your controller is very close to your phone while attempting this process.
  • On your mobile, tap on the Bluetooth connection of your chose controller and accept the pairing.
  • Go into the Call of Duty: Mobile app, into the settings menu, select the Controller tab, and then the Settings sub-tab.
  • You should see that the first heading, Connect Controller, is followed by a little button that reads ‘Connected,’ which means that your console controller is now connected to Call of Duty: Mobile.
    • You may have to tick the box underneath for Enable Controller Support, but this is usually switched on by default.

Now, you can use your PS4 or Xbox One controller in CoD: Mobile. You should note that to limit lag, you need to play with your controller as close to your mobile as possible.

Call of Duty: Mobile controls with a console controller

Across the game modes of Multiplayer Mode, Battle Royale Mode, and Zombies Mode, the controls for Call of Duty: Mobile differ slightly when using a paired Xbox One or PS4 controller.

CoD: Mobile Multiplayer Controller Controls

These are the controls for playing CoD: Mobile in the Multiplayer Mode while using an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller.

Action PS4 Control Xbox One Control
Change Weapon Triangle Y
Crouch O B
Prone O (hold) B (hold)
Jump X A
Reload Square X
Interact Square X
Pick-Up Weapon Square (hold) X (hold)
Turn Camera Right Analogue Right Analogue
Place Mark R3 R3
Move Left Analogue Left Analogue
Run L3 L3
Scorestreaks 1 D-Pad Right D-Pad Right
Use Personalisation D-Pad Right (hold) D-Pad Right (hold)
Scorestreaks 2 D-Pad Down D-Pad Down
Scorestreaks 3 D-Pad Left D-Pad Left
Activate Tactical Voice D-Pad Left (hold) D-Pad Left (hold)
Scorestreaks 4 D-Pad Up D-Pad Up
Use Nuclear Bomb D-Pad Up (hold) D-Pad Up (hold)
Tactical Item R1 RB
Shoot R2 RT
Lethal Item L1 LB
ADS L2 LT
Operator Skill R1+L1 RB+LB
Map Share View
View Score Share (hold) View (hold)
Settings Options Menu

CoD: Mobile Battle Royale Controller Controls

These are the controls for playing CoD: Mobile in the Battle Royale Mode while using an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller.

Action PS4 Control Xbox One Control
Change Weapon Triangle Y
Swap Weapon Triangle (hold) Y (hold)
Crouch O B
Prone O (hold) B (hold)
Jump X A
Revive a Teammate X (hold) A (hold)
Reload Square X
Interact Square X
Turn Camera Right Analogue Right Analogue
Place Mark R3 R3
Move Left Analogue Left Analogue
Run L3 L3
Use Customisation D-Pad Right (hold) D-Pad Right (hold)
Switch Camera (1st Person/3rd Person) D-Pad Down D-Pad Down
Change Free Perspective D-Pad Down (hold) D-Pad Down (hold)
Use Voice D-Pad Left (hold) D-Pad Left (hold)
Toggle Single/Burst Fire D-Pad Up D-Pad Up
Open Backpack D-Pad Up (hold) D-Pad Up (hold)
Grenade R1 RB
Select Grenade R1 (hold) RB (hold)
Shoot R2 RT
Frag R2 RT
Use Medicine L1 LB
Select Medicine L1 (hold) LB (hold)
ADS L2 LT
Activate Skill R1+L1 RB+LB
Map Share View
Settings Options Menu

CoD: Mobile Zombies Controller Controls

These are the controls for playing CoD: Mobile in the Zombies Mode while using an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller.

Action PS4 Control Xbox One Control
Change Weapon Triangle Y
Swap Weapon Triangle (hold) Y (hold)
Crouch O B
Prone O (hold) B (hold)
Jump X A
Reload Square X
Interact Square X
Turn Camera Right Analogue Right Analogue
Move Left Analogue Left Analogue
Use Customisation D-Pad Right D-Pad Right
Easter Egg Tips D-Pad Down D-Pad Down
Turn on Microphone D-Pad Down (hold) D-Pad Down (hold)
Use Voice D-Pad Left (hold) D-Pad Left (hold)
Abilities D-Pad Up D-Pad Up
Grenade R1 RB
Select Grenade R1 (hold) RB (hold)
Shoot R2 RT
Frag R2 RT
Melee Attack L1 LB
ADS L2 LT
Weapon Skill R1+L1 RB+LB
Map Options Menu

Now, be it with your mobile’s touch-screen controls or paired console controller, you’re ready to jump into the action of Call of Duty: Mobile.


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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