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The PlayStation 4 controller is a DualShock 4 controller. These PS4 controllers are very well made having an excellent D-pad.

You can use the DualShock 4 with USB cable, Sony USB Wireless Adapter, Bluetooth or Mayflash Magic-S Wireless Adapter and Mayflash Magic-NS Wireless Adapter.

Reset PS4 Controller

At times your PS4 controller won’t work well, and we know how a bad controller can spoil a gamer’s mood.

don’t have to put your gaming session on hold or buy a new controller just because your PS4 controller is not working correctly. In this article, we’ll guide on how to reset your PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller.

Before we get to the solution, here are some of the common issues that users face with a PS4 controller:

  • PS4 Controller won’t connect

Most of the PS4 gamers have at least faced this issue once. In this issue, the controller fails to sync with the console.

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  • PS4 Controller Won’t charge

At times, you are unable to charge your controller when plugged into the PS4. It might be due to a lot of different software and hardware issues.

  • PS4 Controller buttons are sticking

Due to repeated overuse, the buttons might become sticky or unstuck

  • PS4 Controller has a lesser battery life

Batteries tend to degrade over time. Some of the controller batteries won’t even last longer than an hour

Some simple steps can fix your PlayStation DualShock 4 controller. Here’s how

How to Reset Your PS4 Controller?

You can try to perform both Soft reset and a hard reset of the PS4 controller to reset PS4 controller

1. Soft Reset

A soft reset in a PC applies to turn your PC off and then on again. This process removes any corrupt memory and solves many issues. In the same way, a soft reset in a PS4 controller can reset the connection within the console and the controller.

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So to perform a soft run, you need to have a second PS4 controller. Follow the below steps to run a soft reset on your PS4 controller:

  • Log in with the other (working) controller and go to the Settings option in the PS4’s top menu
  • From the drop-down menu, select Devices
  • You’ll see your PS4 controller in the list. Select the inactive controller

Note: The active controller is with a green dot, and the inactive one is without the green dot.

  • Now, press the Options button on your controller (on the right side of the touchpad)
  • Select Forget Device

Once we have forgotten the non-working controller, we have to power down the PS4. To do so, hold down the PS4 button on your controller, navigate to the Power option in the menu and select Turn off PS4.

With the power off button, perform the below steps

  • Connect your malfunctioning PS4 controller to the PS4 through a USB cable
  • Now, Turn on the PS4 and wait for it to start
  • Press the PlayStation button on the PS4 controller and log in to the PS4

Your PlayStation controller now pairs to the console. Check whether your controller is still misbehaving.

2. Hard Reset

A hard reset is also called as a factory reset or a master reset as it generally restores factory conditions. You’ll need a paper clip to ‘hard reset’ the DualShock 4 controller. Follow the below steps and perform a hard reset on your controller:

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  • Power off the PS4
  • And then, turn over the DualShock 4 controller and locate the tiny hole near the left shoulder button
  • Unfold any one end of the paper clip and put it in to push the button placed inside the hole
  • Hold down this button for around five seconds
  • Connect the controller to the PS4 through a USB cable
  • Now, Turn the PS4 on
  • To log into the PS4, press the PlayStation button the PS4 controller

The light bar of the controller turns blue indicating that the Dualshock 4 is paired with the console.

Note: The above steps may not work on the moddedPlaystationDualShock 4 controller

If the above methods don’t work well for you, you can try to turn off your modem or router or perform a hard reset with the router or modem.

Great! The above instruction can reset your PS4 controller. Consult your controller manufacturer if you face any issues during any of the processes.


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