How to Reset PS4 Controller in 2 Easy Ways

How To Reset PS4 Controller (Soft and Hard Reset)
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If your DualShock PS4 controller is acting weirdly, and are you think to get a new one? Well, it is time to reconsider your choice. Sometimes things can be fixed usually with a simple reset of your PS4 Controller. If you want don’t know how to reset PS4 Controller, then you’ve come to the right place then.

Resetting your PS4 controller might fix a lot of the functionalities and bring it back to normal in most of the cases. In this guide, we’ll show you how to soft reset and hard reset your PS4 Controller.

How to Reset Your DualShock PS4 Controller

When you want to reset your PS4 Controller, you need to know whether you want to go for a soft reset or a hard reset. To make it clear, Soft Reset refers to resetting with the help of software; while the Hard reset refers to resetting with what’s available on the hardware side. We’ll show you how to soft reset and hard reset your PS4 Controller.

How to Soft Reset PS4 Controller

Soft Resetting your PS4 controller will also reset the connection between the controller and the console. As a result, you would have to reconnect the controller again.

NOTE: The Soft Reset method works only if you have a second (working) controller with you as well. If you not, jump over to the Hard Reset to avoid unnecessary confusion.

To reset your PS4 controller, follow these steps. Remember that these steps can only work with a second working controller.

  1. Log in using your second PS4 controller, and head over to the Settings option from the PS4’s top-menu.
    Reset PS4 Controller: PS4 Settings Option
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose the Devices option.
    Reset PS4 Controller: Devices option in PS4 Settings Menu
  3. On the next screen, select the Bluetooth Devices option.
    Reset PS4 Controller: Bluetooth Devices option in PS4 Settings
  4. All the connected Bluetooth devices will be listed on the screen. Since you’re already using a second controller, it’ll be shown as an active one. So, select the Inactive controller from the list.
  5. Use the Options button on your DualShock controller. This should bring up a new menu.
    Reset PS4 Controller: PS4 DualShock 4 Controller Options Button
  6. Now select the Forget option on the screen. This will disconnect your misbehaving PS4 controller.
    Reset PS4 Controller: Forget Device option in Bluetooth Devices Menu
  7. Turn off your PS4 by long pressing the PlayStation button on your second controller. Navigate to the Power menu, and choose the Turn off PS4 option.
  8. Connect your misbehaving DualShock 4 controller to the PS4 using the USB cable.
  9. Once connected, turn on the PS4 and wait for it to boot up.
  10. Now press the PlayStation button on your controller. Log in to your PS4 and your PS4 controller should be paired by now.

Test your PS4 controller for any misbehavior and see if it still persists with the same problem. However, if this doesn’t fix your PS4 controller, then you should look for the option to hard reset PS4 controller.

How to Hard Reset PS4 Controller

If you want to hard reset PS4 controller, it’ll take it back to its default factory settings. The steps to hard reset PS4 controller are rather easier to perform. Here’s how to hard reset your PS4 controller.

  1. Turn off your PS4 completely.
  2. Take your DualShock 4 controller and turn it over.
  3. Look for a small hole around the left shoulder of the DualShock 4 Controller.
    Reset PS4 Controller: Hard Reset Hole on the back of PS4 DualShock 4 Controller
  4. Take a pin or an unfolded paper clip and push the button inside the hole.
  5. Hold it down for about 5 seconds.
  6. Connect the DualShock Controller to the PS4 using a USB Cable.
  7. Once connected, turn on the PS4 and wait for it to boot up.
  8. Now press the PlayStation button on your controller. Log in to your PS4 and your PS4 controller should be paired by now.

Still Facing Problems after Reset of PS4 Controller?

This method only works for the original DualShock controller that comes with PS4. If you are using a third-party controller like Razer Raiju, then the process might differ for them. Also, using your PS4 controller with other Bluetooth devices might also affect your PS4 controller’s connection. This leads one option — reset PS4 Controller.

Once you reset PS4 controller, you might have gotten things back to normal. But if performing a complete reset doesn’t solve your problems with PS4 controller, then go for a new DualShock 4 Controller. If you have got sync issues, then try these steps with your modem/router turned off. If things are still stirred up, better go for a different channel on your router/modem.

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