This article lists the default controls used for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the PC, Xbox, and PS2.

When playing on the Xbox 360, White is LB and Black is RB.

On PC, the player can change the controls by clicking on Redefine Controls in the control-menu option and choose their own way to play.

Default Controls

Control PC Xbox PS2 Notes

At All Times

Camera Modes V Back PS3 Select.png
Pause Menu ESC Start PS3 Start.png

On Foot

Look/Turn Mouse Right
Stick
PS3 RStick.png
Move W/A/S/D Left
Stick
PS3 LStick.png Push stick only a little to sneak
Jump/Climb/Block LSHIFT X Square
Toggle Crouch C Left
Stick

(click)
Left Stick
(click)
Run SPACE
(hold)
A
(hold)
Cross
(hold)
Sprint SPACE
(tap)
A
(tap)
Cross
(tap)
Enter Vehicle/Start Mini-game/
Secondary Attack/Pick Up Object
F Y Triangle
Attack/Fire Weapon LMB B Circle
Cycle Weapon Left/Cycle Target Left MOUSE WHEEL UP/DOWN White L2
Cycle Weapon Right/Cycle Target Right MOUSE WHEEL UP/DOWN Black R2
Center Camera/View Stats/Fire Weapon TAB/LMB Left Trigger L1
Target/Scope View RMB Right Trigger R1
Look Behind MMB
(click the mouse wheel)
Right
Stick

(click)
Right Stick
(click)
Toggle look behind
Active Gang Mode/Recruit RMB (target) + G (hold) D-Pad Up D-Pad Up
Passive Gang Mode/Recruit RMB (target) + H (hold) D-Pad Down D-Pad Down
Positive Response Y D-Pad Right D-Pad Right
Negative Response N D-Pad Left D-Pad Left
Interrupt a Carjacking W/A/S/D
or
LMB
Left
Stick

or
B
Left Stick
or
Circle

First Person Shooting

First-Person Mode RMB Right Trigger
(hold)
R1
(hold)
Shoot LMB Left Trigger
or
B
L1
or
Circle
Zoom In MOUSE WHEEL UP/PG UP White L2
Zoom Out MOUSE WHEEL DOWN/PG DOWN Black R2
Aim RMB Right Stick
or
Left Stick
Right Stick
or
Light Stick
Duck C Left
Stick

(click)
Left Stick
(click)
Toggle duck

In Vehicle

Enter/Exit Vehicle ENTER/F Y Triangle
Car Weapon/Nitrous LMB/LCTRL B L1
or
Circle
Hand Brake/Target Hydra Missiles SPACE X R1
Accelerate UP/W Right Trigger Cross
Brake/Reverse DOWN/S Left Trigger Square
Look Left Q White L2
Look Right E Black R2
Look Behind Q&E White
and
Black
L2
and
R2
Also works with planes
Steering/Horizontal Camera LEFT/RIGHT/A/D Left
Stick
Left Stick
Horn/Toggle Siren H Left
Stick

(click)
Left Stick
(click)
Cycle Radio Stations R or Mouse Wheel D-Pad Up/D-Pad Down D-Pad Up/D-Pad Down
Trip Skip Y D-Pad Right D-Pad Right
Turret Control/Manual Camera/
Change Cinematic Camera
MOUSE (first two)
NUM 4 (cinematic camera)
Right
Stick
Right Stick
Sub-Mission 2 Right
Stick

(click)
Right Stick
(click)

Swimming

Swim Fast LSHIFT
(hold)
A
(hold)
Cross
(hold)
Swim Very Fast LSHIFT
(tap)
A
(tap)
Cross
(tap)
Jump SPACE X Square
Enter/Exit Vehicle ENTER/F Y Triangle
Dive Underwater LMB B Circle
Rotate Swim Direction MOUSE Left
Stick
Left Stick

On Bicycle

Pedal UP/W
(hold)
Right Trigger
(HOLD)
Cross
(hold)
Pedal Faster UP/W
(tap)
Right Trigger
(TAP)
Cross
(tap)
Bunnyhop LSHIFT B L1
Bunnyhop Higher LSHIFT
(hold)
B
(hold)
L1
(hold)

Helicopter

Rudder Right E Black R2
Rudder Left Q White L2
Ascend W Right Trigger Cross
Descend S Left Trigger Square
Pitch/Roll W/S/A/D Left
Stick
Left Stick
Auto–Hover/Police Maverick Spotlight H Left
Stick

(click)
Left Stick
(click)
Primary Weapon LAlt B L1
Alternative Weapon LCtrl A Circle
Turret/Camera Arrow
Keys
Right
Stick
Right Stick

Plane

Rudder Right E Black R2
Rudder Left Q White L2
Thrust W Right Trigger Cross
Reverse Thrust S Left Trigger Square
Roll/Pitch W/S/A/D Left
Stick
Left Stick
Raise/Lower Landing Gear (with some planes, also operates flaps) 2 Right
Stick

(click)
Right Stick
(click)
Primary Weapon LAlt B L1
Alternative Weapon LCtrl A Circle
Camera/Hydra Thrusters Arrow
Keys
Right
Stick
Right Stick
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