How to Reset Your PS4 Controller the Right Way
If there’s one thing that can throw you off your game, it’s a broken PS4 controller. And like other common PlayStation 4 issues—such as overheating, software crashes, or auto ejecting discs—it can be extremely frustrating when you don’t know what caused the problem or how to fix it.
By resetting your PlayStation 4 controller, you can fix nearly all pairing as well as any other issues you may be experiencing with it. It’s easy to hard reset your DualShock 4 wireless controller. This guide explains how to reset your PS4 controller the right way.
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How to Reset Your PS4 Controller
A hard reset is when a device is reverted back to its factory default settings, which is basically how it came out of the box. Thankfully, this is easy to do with the DualShock 4 controller, but we’ll need a paper clip or something similar to reset your PS4 controller.
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- Power down the PS4.
- Turn over the DualShock 4 controller and locate the small hole near the left shoulder button.
- Unfold one end of the paper clip and insert it to push the button buried inside the hole.
- Hold down this button for about 5 seconds.
- Connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable.
- Turn on the PS4 and wait for it to boot up.
- Press the PlayStation button on the controller to log into the PS4. Your controller is now paired with your console, and you can use it to play your games.