Since Android 11’s launch, users have faced problems trying to connect gamepads to their smartphones, with phones running Android 11 either failing to recognize the gamepad as an input device or failing to map buttons properly.
Some Pixel users and Beta testers reported being unable to use Bluetooth gamepads such as the Xbox One gamepad, SONY’s DualShock 4 gamepad, and even Google’s own Stadia gamepad connection, according to the official Android issue incorrect post. The vast majority of the reports came from Pixel 2, 3, 3A, 4 and 4A users, but some Samsung and OnePlus users reported similar problems.
Google acknowledged the problem back in August 2020, when Android 11 was first widely rolled out to users. Google has now commented on the issue, saying that it has been fixed in Android 12 Beta 4, but did not specify the cause of the issue.
According to XDA, Android 11 users who can’t upgrade to Android 12 for a while can try to fix this by turning off some accessibility features, but it’s not 100% useful.