The Ultimate Guide to Your PS4 Controller: Commonly Asked Questions

Hey there, fellow gamer! If you’ve got questions about your PS4 controller, also known as the DualShock 4, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, we’ve got the answers you need. Let’s dive into some of the most common questions about the PS4 DualShock controller and get you back to gaming in no time!

How to Connect a PS4 Controller to a PS4

Connecting your PS4 controller to your PS4 is super simple:

  • Power on your PS4 console.
  • Grab the USB cable (the one that came with your PS4 works perfectly). Plug the small end into your DualShock 4 and the other end into the USB port on the front of your PS4.
  • Press the PS button on your wireless controller. The light bar will blink a bit and then settle into a solid color. Boom, you’re connected!
  • Unplug the USB cable. Your controller is now synced wirelessly.

Easy, right?

Do PS4 Controllers Work on PS5?

Yes, they do! But here’s the scoop: while your trusty DualShock 4 controller will work for playing PS4 games on your PS5, it won’t work for PS5 games. For those, you’ll need the new DualSense controller. So, you can still use your new PS4 controller, but you might want to get familiar with the DualSense for the full PS5 experience.


How to Reset a PS4 Controller

Is your PS4 controller acting up? A reset might just do the trick:

  • Turn off your PS4 and disconnect the controller PS4 DualShock.
  • Find the reset button on the back of the controller, near the L2 shoulder button. It’s a tiny hole.
  • Grab a paperclip or something similar and press the reset button inside the hole for about five seconds.
  • Reconnect your controller to the PS4 using the USB cable.
  • Press the PS button. Your controller should now be reset and good to go. 

How to Turn Off a PS4 Controller

Saving battery life or just taking a break? Here’s how to turn off your DualShock4:

  • Hold down the PS button on your controller for about 10 seconds until the light bar turns off.
  • Alternatively, you can turn off the controller through the PS4 menu. Press the PS button, go to "Sound/Devices," select "Turn Off Device," and pick your controller from the list. 

How Long Do PS4 Controllers Take to Charge?

Wondering how long you need to wait to get back to gaming? A PlayStation 4 DualShock controller usually takes about 2 hours to fully charge from empty. You can charge it using the USB cable connected to your PS4 or with a charging dock made for PS4 controllers.

How to Charge a PS4 Controller

Charging your DualShock controller is a breeze:

  • Connect your controller to the PS4 using the PS4 controller charging cable.
  • Make sure your PS4 is either on or in rest mode. The controller won’t charge if the console is completely off.
  • Check the light bar. It should pulse slowly in an orange color to show it’s charging. When it’s fully charged, the light bar will turn off.

For an even more convenient option, consider using a charging station:

  • A charging dock specifically designed for PS4 controllers, ensures a safe and efficient charge.
  • Simply dock your controller into the PS4 charging dock. It’s easy to use and often more reliable than third-party options.
  • LED indicators on the charging dock station can show you when your controller is fully charged, so you know exactly when you’re ready to game.

And that’s all there is to it! With these tips, your PS4 DualShock 4 controller will be fully functional and ready for all your gaming adventures. Whether you’re connecting, charging, or troubleshooting, we hope this guide helps you out. Happy gaming, and may your controller never die in the middle of a boss fight!

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