How To Activate a PS4 Controller

How To Activate a PS4 Controller

What is PS4 Controller?

The DualShock 4 features the following buttons: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, directional buttons, action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), shoulder buttons (R1/L1), triggers (R2/L2), analog stick click buttons (L3/R3), and a touch pad click button.

How To Activate a PS4 Controller

  1. If your controller is turned off, press the PS button.
  2. When your controller has enough battery life, you can disconnect the USB cable and use your controller wirelessly.
  3. Please note, your controller can pair with only one console at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pair a new PS4 controller?

While pressing and holding the SHARE button, press and hold the PS button until the light bar flashes. 3. Enable Bluetooth® on your device, and then select your controller from the list of Bluetooth® devices. When pairing is complete, the light bar turns a solid color.

How do I turn my PS4 controller on?

Connect the USB cable to one of the USB ports on the PS4. Connect the micro USB side of the cable to the port at the top of your PS4 controller. Press the round PlayStation button in the middle of your controller until the lightbar of the controller lights up in blue.

How do I get my PS4 controller to recognize?

Press and hold the ‘PS’ button on the controller for 5 seconds, this will prompt the controller to re-sync with the PS4 at startup.

How do I setup my PS4 controller for the first time?

Step 1: Plug the USB cable into the controller, then into the USB port in the PlayStation 4. Step 2: When you turn on your PS4, your controller should automatically connect with your PlayStation, thanks to the USB cable.

Why is PS4 controller not connecting?

If your PS4 controller won’t connect, try a different USB cable, in case the original one has failed. You can also reset the PS4 controller by pressing the button on the back of the controller. If your controller still won’t connect to your PS4, you might need to get support from Sony.

What color is the PS4 controller when charging?


The charge level of the battery appears on-screen when you press and hold the PS button. While the system is in rest mode, the light bar slowly blinks orange. When charging is complete, the light bar turns off. It takes approximately 2 hours to charge the controller when the battery has no remaining charge.

How do you set up a PS4?

Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI OUT port on the rear of the PlayStation 4. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on your display device. Insert the power cable into the AC IN connector on the rear of the PlayStation 4. Safely insert the power plug into a mains electrical outlet.

How long does it take for a PS4 controller to charge?

If your controller is completely drained, it will be charged halfway at about 1 to 1.5 hours and fully charged at 2 to 2.5 hours. If the controller is being used as it’s charging, it will take longer to reach a full charge. When the controller is being charged, the light bar will blink orange slowly.

Why won’t my PS4 controller charge or turn on?

You may be able to fix this by resetting the controller or power cycling the console, or just charging your controller using a different charger. Hardware problems: The two most common hardware failures with this sort of problem are the charging port and the battery.

What to do in PS4 Safe Mode?

What is Safe Mode? Safe Mode allows you to start your PlayStation console with only the most basic functions active. The Safe Mode options are designed to help you solve issues by rebuilding the console storage database, changing your resolution or “hard” resetting the console to its factory settings.