Controls Editor in BlueStacks 4.210 and above

How will this help?

This article will help you understand how to map your own key controls in BlueStacks 4.210 and above, using the redefined Controls Editor.


What's new?

The release of BlueStacks version 4.210 has brought some significant changes to how you would create/edit or key controls in BlueStacks for your favorite games.

We have added a new "Edge Scroll", which makes scrolling in games such as Rise of Kingdoms, a lot easier. 


How do I create key controls?

To create key controls, please follow the steps below.

1) Launch any game of your choice in BlueStacks. Next, click on the Keyboard icon on the side toolbar as shown below.

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2) A new window will appear alongside wherein you will be presented with various options for the types of key controls you wish to create, as shown below. A detailed explanation is given below for each.

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While there are various options provided, to accommodate all different types of key controls you might wish to create, the process for creating a key control is the same throughout.


 Types of key controls

Pro tip - Right-click on the key control you wish to add to view the advanced options menu. An example is shown below in "Tap spot" and a few others. Also, if you would not like to see the key bindings for controls in-game, simply untick the "Show keys on overlay" option in the advanced menu.

Types of key controls -

Tap spot - This key control is used in the instance wherein you would like to imitate the action of a tap on the screen. For example, the key to open your backpack in an FPS game or to turn left/right in a racing game.

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Repeated tap - This action is used when you would like to reproduce the action of repeatedly tapping on the screen. For example, in a game like Hill Climb Racing, holding down the "Gas" button will effectively spin your car out of control. Configuring a "Repeated tap" on this key will keep your car in control.

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You can also customize the number of taps you would like in the key, as shown above.

D-pad - These key controls are used to emulate movement controls in various games, such as War Robots as shown below.

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Aim, pan and shoot. - You can assign a key to enter/exit shooting mode through this key in shooting games.

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Zoom - Here, you can assign a key to imitate "Zoom in" and/or "Zoom out" actions in a game. In the advanced menu, you can adjust the various features of "Zoom" such as acceleration and depth of zoom.

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MOBA skill pad - This control is used for MOBA games and provides a variety of options to you on the actions you can perform using this. We highly recommend you go through MOBA skill settings and MOBA stop movement FAQs to learn more about these.

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Swipe - You can use this control to assign swipe keys in a game of your choice.

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Free look - This control can be used in instances wherein you would like to view your surroundings without changing the direction you are aiming at.

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Tilt - In games that require you to tilt the phone in a certain direction, this is an extremely helpful tool to have.

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Script -With this control, you can assign a key to run a script of your choice. 

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Rotate - Here, assigned keys can spin a wheel (like steering wheel in a racing game) in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Refer here for more info on this feature.

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Smart Edge Scrolling - This feature helps you scroll around your map simply by moving the cursor.  Useful for strategy games like Rise of Kingdoms. Refer here for more info on this fun accessible feature.

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Thank you for choosing BlueStacks! We hope you enjoy using it. If you have any further questions, please contact us at support@bluestacks.com. Happy Gaming!

Last updated on June 09, 2020.

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