Use iOS MFi controller to play games on Windows PC – PC Games, Steam, Emulator, or anything on PC

Long story short: If you have any iPhone or iOS MFi Controller (MFi = Made for iPhone) and need to use your it to play games on Windows, yes you can!

Check the steps below.

The story

My wife was really keen to play Overcooked 2 – It’s a great game indeed – great gameplay and require full team work.

In case you never see Overcooked 2, here’s the official video from Team17 on YouTube.

Overcooked 2, so much fun!

Issue was, I don’t have either Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 with me. But I do have a Windows PC (which Overcooked 2 is available on Steam) and a Android Bluetooth Controller (iPega 9023) and a MFi Controller (Steelseries Nimbus). Playing Overcooked with keyboard is sucks (I tried before), so don’t even think to split the keyboard for two persons playing the game together. While I’m happy my Android Bluetooth controller can connect to my PC and appear on Steam screen, however that’s not the case for my MFi controller.

ios 13 compatible bluetooth controller MFi
My Steelseries Nimbus – iOS MFi (Made For iPhone) Bluetooth Controller

So after googling around, I found this link below on Github that enables MFi controller to work on Windows PC and appear on Steam (literally you can use it to play other PC games other than Steam games).

Download MFi Controller for Windows Driver

Well, technically it’s not really a driver as in Windows driver, but it’s a piece of software that enables MFi controller to work on Windows. It maps the MFi controller to be another controller supported by Windows (Eg: Xbox 360 controller).

Find download link here:

Once downloaded, don’t forget to set it up and configure it to make the MFi controller to work on Windows.

Setup MFi Controller to work on Windows PC

The guide is made based on PC with Windows 10 Home and SteelSeries Nimbus MFi (Made For iPhone) controller. If you are using different version of Windows or MFi controller, you just have to adjust the steps slightly, as most of them are pretty much the same.

Nintendo Switch DIY IPEGA-9083 bluetooth controller
This is the other Bluetooth Controller I’m using, the IPEGA-9083 Bluetooth Controller. Click here (Amazon link) if you are intersted to buy one.

1) First, ensure your PC has Bluetooth, if not, you can use any Bluetooth dongle.

2) Second, download the MFi Gamepad Feeder (link above) and install it. A restart is required. Make sure you restart your Windows PC.

3) Once restarted, turn on Bluetooth on your Windows PC. Go to Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other devices. Turn the Bluetooth ON.

4) Then turn on Bluetooth on the MFi controller. Set it up on pair mode.

5) Once Bluetooth on both devices are turned on, from your Windows PC, add a Bluetooth Device by clicking on (+) Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.

6) Let Windows locate and find your MFi controller. Choose the MFi controller and let Windows do the rest.

7) Once adding Bluetooth is completed, ensure the MFi controller paired and connected (if you see the status as paired only and not connected, remove the MFi controller from the list and redo the steps).

8) Find and open the MFiGamepadFeeder on Windows PC. Go to Start and type “MFIGamepadFeeder” and click on it to start the software.

9) On the interface, under Active, tick 1 if you have 1 MFi controller, tick 2 and so on if you have multiple MFi controllers with you.

10) Then under Gamepad device, select the MFi controller. Do note, sometimes the controller name is not totally the same as the actual name, like on my case, my SteelSeries Nimbus controller is known as Microsoft HIDIC2 Device. Pick the correct one.

mfi gamepad feeder
MFi Gamepad Feeder – simple interface, yet powerful! As it can make MFi controller to work on Windows PC!

11) Then click on Start. By default, the MFi controller is acknowledged as and mapped to a XBOX 360 controller.

If you do it correctly, you should hear the Windows “connecting” sound, the same sound when you are plugging a thumb drive into Windows. And you should also see 2 messages: Xbox bus installed, then Successfully initialized gamepad 1. Redo the step for the rest of MFi controllers – if you have more than 1.

Bring it all together

Now both my wife and I can happily play Overcooked 2 on Windows PC both using controllers. You, too, can use any MFi controller when playing games on Windows PC!

Thanks to Michal Mizera and all folks who has made this possible!

For more information about MFiGamepadFeeder, visit the GitHub page here.

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27 thoughts on “Use iOS MFi controller to play games on Windows PC – PC Games, Steam, Emulator, or anything on PC

  • April 13, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I get message :
    13/04/2020 12:32:30: Configuration incomplete
    Why ?

    • April 14, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Hi Hanzy,

      Try to remove your MFi controller, turn off the controller, then turn back on, and before adding the MFi controller via Bluetooth, ensure it’s not connected to your iPhone/iPad.

  • June 23, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I am not able to set up my nimbus controller, I always get this message:

    23/06/2020 13:20:06: XBox bus not installed (NoSuchDevice)
    23/06/2020 13:20:06: Failed to check if controller plugged in 1 (NoSuchDevice)!
    23/06/2020 13:20:07: Failed to check if controller plugged in 1 (NoSuchDevice)!
    23/06/2020 13:20:07: Failed to check if controller plugged in 1 (NoSuchDevice)!

    my controller is connected through a bluetooth dongle if that helps.

    • June 27, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Hi Felix,

      Connecting via dongle could be the reason, though I’m not really sure. One way to test it out is to give it a try to another computer which has Bluetooth built-in (eg: your other family members or friends), just to try it out.
      Mine is working good and now I can use my Nimbus to play PC games and emulator (though it lacks a few buttons, R3-click, L3-click and SELECT).

  • July 1, 2020 at 4:33 am

    I did all the steps but it just doesnt work… is there any way that we can get in a call and try to figure it out. I also have the steelseries Nimbus

    • July 4, 2020 at 7:17 am

      What’s the error you are getting? Have you connect the Nimbus to the PC Bluetooth?
      The controller won’t work straight away. On my case, playing OverCooked!2 via Steam, you have to first configure the controller via Steam.
      Or when I played emulators (such as CEMU), I have to first configure CEMU to map Nimbus button, only then I can play using Nimbus.

  • August 18, 2020 at 4:08 am

    does it also work for fortnite???

    • August 19, 2020 at 6:36 am

      I never tried it for Fortnite, but since Fortnite itself is controller compatible game, I bet it will work too for Fortnite.
      Do note that the previous generation of MFi controller lacked a few buttons: R3, L3, and Select/start.

  • September 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you so much! It saved me buying another controller just for PC to play fortnite. It works great.

  • December 3, 2020 at 4:58 am

    When connecting gamepad to a pc, requires a PIN. I do not know to do.

    • December 3, 2020 at 7:07 am

      Hi Kalibran,

      If “(+) Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth” is not working for you, try “(+) Add Bluetooth or other device > Everything Else” and see if it works for you.
      If still asking for PIN, which MFi controller model are you using?

      • December 3, 2020 at 7:25 pm

        Steelseries nimbus GC-00004

        • December 4, 2020 at 8:09 am

          I see, yours is the newer model.
          Have you tried “(+) Add Bluetooth or other device > Everything Else” and see if it works for you?

          • December 4, 2020 at 7:32 pm

            I tri. Dont work((

  • December 22, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    It works perfectly, thankyou!!!!! Stadia just became significantly better!

  • January 14, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This works for my Steelseries Nimbus!

  • January 28, 2021 at 3:55 am

    after installing MFI feeder I couldn’t use my regular usb gamepad any more.
    Waht can I do?

    • January 28, 2021 at 7:30 am

      Hi CH,

      Try to reinstall your USB Gamepad driver. I have MFi controller, generic Bluetooth controller as well as wired USB controller, all working fine without issues.

  • July 10, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I have the Steel Serious Nimbus + for iOS. I can find the device within MFI Gamepad Feeder. when I click start, it says “Successfully initialized”, and then it says “Operation failed early”. I am no able to connect this device via bluetooth for some reason. My pc will not discover it. Put I can connect it via usb cable. any advice?

    • July 12, 2021 at 6:50 am

      Hi Shane,

      Ensure your Nimbus+ is in pairing mode before you try connecting it to your PC.
      In case you have already in pairing mode but still have the same issue, my recommendation is to try on other PC to see if it has the same issue.
      I’m sorry I can’t try it directly on my own because I don’t have Nimbus+ with me.

  • July 13, 2021 at 3:21 am

    I expirience a similar Problem as Shane. Connecting the Nimbus+ with windows , everything is good. Controller paired , then connected. Fire up the MFI Gamepad Feeder (as Admin) . Select HIDI2C Device (Product ID: 12608) , the mapping file and go Start .

    Reaction i get :

    12.07.2021 21:14:15: XBox bus installed
    12.07.2021 21:14:15: Successfully initialized gamepad 1
    12.07.2021 21:14:15: Operation failed early.

    • July 13, 2021 at 7:20 am

      It seemed that the MFI Gamepad Feeder is not supporting the new Nimbus+ out of the box. Let me see if I can find anything that can enable Nimbus+ to be used on Windows PC. Will revert back if anything.

      • March 13, 2022 at 7:07 am

        so how to use it with nimbus+??

          • March 26, 2022 at 9:41 pm

            I got a nimbus+ as well – GC-00007. Pairing works perfectly, gamepad is connected, i hear the “usb connection sound”, but after all it doesn’t work in any game. I am still working on that. If anybody had this problem, and got rid of it, please reply.

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