How to sync a PS4 controller

By the conclusion of its lifespan, the PS4 had developed a strong reputation for dependability, although occasional niggling problems may occasionally occur.

There are still numerous reasons to keep your PS4, or at least the controller, operational even if many people have switched to the PS5.

Despite certain issues, the ease of having wireless PlayStation 4 controllers cannot be overstated. However, in order to utilise them, you must first sync them to your system.

Owners of PS4 or PS4 Pro shouldn’t have any trouble synchronising their PS4 DualShock, but in case there is any ambiguity, we are here to help.

We’ll go through every frequent PS4 controller problem so you can concentrate on selecting games to play.

How to Sync a PS4 Controller to a PS4

Any USB 2.0 Micro-B cable can connect the DualShock 4 to the console; however, there are only two USB ports on the system, thus you can only sync up to four controllers per player account. A USB cable is required to sync a controller with the system, particularly the first time.

The USB cable should be connected to one of the USB ports on the front of your PS4 and the controller’s top port before you power on the device.

Press the power button on your PS4 to turn it on. Your connected controller ought to be recognised immediately, and the first open player slot should be assigned to it.

You may choose an existing player account or create a new one by pressing the PS button in the controller’s centre.

Troubleshooting: Re-pairing your controller

Undercharging of the controller’s battery is the typical problem with pairing when a controller won’t connect wirelessly to your PS4.

If that sounds like the “unplug it and plug it back in” approach to the issue, that’s exactly what it is.

When the controller is not in use, the light bar on top will turn yellow, so check that it is charging before plugging it in. If it isn’t charging, there may be another problem, such as a broken controller port or a faulty cable.

Step 2: You may need to reset your PlayStation controller and your PlayStation 4 in order to connect it again if your pairing troubles aren’t caused by power or your cable.

You may do this in the Settings menu on the PS4 if you have a controller that is still functional. The icon for it is a suitcase, and it can be found on the far-right side of the home screen.

Step 3: Go to the Devices menu at the bottom and choose Bluetooth Devices. You can find all of your controllers under the Bluetooth settings, along with any additional Bluetooth gadgets that work with your PlayStation, such PS4 headphones and the much upgraded PDP PS4 Bluetooth Remote.

Select the controller you want to reset (it might be tricky to discern, and if you have more than one, you might need to turn them all on), and then press the X button.

To pick Forget Device from the contextual menu that appears after pressing the Options button on your controller, click it. By doing this, your PlayStation 4 and your controller will no longer be paired.

After doing that, you should be able to connect the controller with the console once again by plugging it into your computer using your USB adapter, as was explained before in this article.

How to Sync Additional PS4 Controllers Wirelessly

You may add additional wirelessly when at least one controller has been synchronised with your system:

Locate the Settings option with your synchronised controller in the icon row above the PS4 main menu. It is indicated by an icon that resembles a suitcase.

Select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices from the menu. A list of the devices that are currently synchronised with your console should appear.

Hold down the PS button and the Share button on the PS4 controller you want to sync for five seconds.

Select the new controller with the other controller when it shows in the list of Bluetooth devices. Your PS4 will then be synchronised with the new controller.

How to Unpair a PS4 Controller

Make careful to switch off the controller you want to unpair.

Turn on your PS4 system using a different controller. Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices on the PS4’s home menu.

A list of controllers must appear. Choose delete after choosing the one you want to break up with.

How to Charge Your PS4 Controller

While the controller is linked to the PS4, the internal battery will recharge. While your PS4 is on standby, if the controller is still plugged in, charging will continue and the top light will become yellow.

When your controller is low on power, the light will also flash yellow and you should see a notice on the screen asking you to plug it in.

Depending on whose player the controller is allocated to, the light bar on top of the controller will flash in various colours when it is charged: player 1 is blue, player 2 is red, player 3 is green, and player 4 is pink.


How do I sync a PS4 controller to my PC?

Plug a PS4 controller onto your computer, update Steam, navigate to View > Settings > Controller > General Controller Settings, and tick the PlayStation Configuration Support box to sync the controller with your PC.

Choose your PS4 controller from the list of Detected Controllers, then click Preferences to customise the settings.

How do I sync a PS4 controller to a phone?

Press and hold the PS and Share buttons on the PS4 controller, then navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your Android smartphone and choose Wireless Controller.

Press and hold the PS and Share buttons while navigating to Settings > Bluetooth and selecting PS4 controller under Other Devices to connect a PS4 controller to an iPhone.

How do I connect a PS4 controller to my PS5?

Connect the PS4 controller to your PlayStation 5 to use it with that system. All PS4 games can be played with either the PS4 or PS5 controller, but not the other way around.

How do I fix it when my PS4 controller won’t connect to my PS4?

Check the USB cord and battery, unplug your PS4 controller from other devices, and eliminate Bluetooth interference sources if your controller still won’t connect.

Your controller may need to be reset if you still can’t sync it.

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