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Original story (published on October 11, 2020) follows:

Android 11 has been out for over a month now and OEMs have already started working on their in-house OS updates.

However, the latest OS update brings along its own set of issues and Google Pixel devices appear to be the most affected for the time being.


It was reported recently that Pixel users were experiencing excessive battery drain and performance issues after the Android 11 update.

Now, several Pixel users and beta testers are reporting issues related to Bluetooth game controllers like Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, and more after updating their devices to Android 11.

Reports clearly indicate that users are unable to connect and use game controllers via Bluetooth and the devices are getting listed as other devices.


Multiple Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 series users have reported on Google IssueTracker that such issues occurred only after the Android 11 update.

While the game controller issues have been to the developers, it is unclear how long it will take to fix these problems.

However, it is good to see that the OEM has promptly acknowledged these issues on a wider scale, hence, fixes will also arrive accordingly.


In the meantime, a Pixel user has posted a temporary workaround for the connectivity problems on Reddit which seems to have fixed the issues for them.

The user has stated that after some manual troubleshooting they simply switched off the Magnification gestures on their Android 11 powered Pixel device which fixed the game controller issues.

Also, several other users have posted similar workarounds on Google IssueTracker suggesting that tweaking the Accessibility settings seems to be doing the trick.

(Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Nevertheless, a proper fix will still be required and Pixel users running Android 11 will have to wait till Google addresses these issues.

Meanwhile, you can check out our Google Android 11 update and bug trackers to get the latest updates on the topics.

Moreover, we have curated a consolidated Android 11 update tracker for all major OEMs and carriers so be sure to go through it as well.

Update 1 (January 06)

03:05 pm (IST): It appears that Samsung and OnePlus users who have installed the Android 11 update on their devices are also facing similar issues with gaming controllers. We’ve shared some a couple of reports from users below:

I am not able to use my PS4 controller on ONEPLUS 8T. I have managed to pair the controller and phone with Bluetooth but the phone won’t recognise any input. (Source)

I updated my note20 to android 11! Since the update I can’t connect my ps4 controller to call of duty mobile anymore and all so I’m having screen trouble (Source)

Google recently rolled out the January patch for supported Pixel phones, however, there is no indication that the problem was fixed. Therefore, it seems users may have to wait a bit longer before the problem is addressed.

Update 2 (February 08)

11:27 am (IST): A OnePlus 7 Pro user appears to have found a working solution for the gaming controllers issue on Android 11. The individual has shared some steps to fix the problem and also claims that the fix persists even after a reboot.


Feel free to drop a comment below letting us know whether the workaround shared here worked for you or not.

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Deveshwar Bhardwaj
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I'm a techy who is particularly fond of Android smartphones. A writer who usually finds himself on the other side of the spectrum. An artist who likes to sing and play the guitar. Also a photographer when in the mood.

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