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How to Sync a PS4 Controller

What to Know

  • Connect the controller to the PS4. Turn on your PS4 and push the PS button. Select or create a player.
  • You can add more by going to Settings > Devices> Bluetooth… Click the PS and Share buttons on your new controller and select it from the PS4’s drop-down menu.
  • Turn off the controller to unpair. To unpair, go to Settings > devices > bluetooth… Select the controller and choose Delete.

This article will show you how to pair your PlayStation 4 controller (also known as the DualShock 4), to the console wirelessly via Bluetooth. Only controllers designed for the PS4 can be synced. A PS3 or PS2 controller cannot be synced with a PS4 console. However, you can use the PS4 controller with your PS3.

How to sync a PS4 controller to a PS4

You will need a USB cable to sync your controller with the system. A USB2.0 MicroB cable will connect the DualShock 4 and the console. Although there are only two USB ports, you can still sync up to four controllers per account.

  1. Turn on your PS4 by plugging the USB cable at the end that is small into the controller’s port. Then, plug the USB cable at the end that is larger into one of two USB ports located on the console’s front.
  2. Press the power button on your PS4 to turn it on. The console should detect the controller connected and assign it to one of the available slots.
  3. The login screen will appear when you press the PS button at the middle of the controller. You can either create or choose from existing player accounts.
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    As long as the charge is not depleted, the PS button will now automatically turn on your console.

How to wirelessly sync additional controllers for your PlayStation 4

You can wirelessly add additional controllers once you have at most one controller connected to your system.

  1. Use your synced controller to locate the Options option in the row of icons above PS4’s home menu. It is represented by an icon looking like a briefcase.
  2. Navigate to Setting> Bluetooth Devices> . This will display a list of all devices currently synced to your console.
  3. To sync your PS4 controller, hold down both the PSbutton AND the Share buttons simultaneously for five seconds.
  4. Select the other controller when the new Bluetooth controller appears in the Bluetooth device list. Your PS4 will sync the new controller.

How to Disassemble a PS4 Controller

  1. You must ensure that the controller you want to unpair has been turned off.
  2. Turn on your console using another PS4 controller. Navigate to Setting> Bluetooth Devices> from the PS4’s home menu.
  3. A list of controllers should be displayed. Choose the controller you want to unpair, and then choose delete.

How to Charge your PlayStation 4 Controller

While the controller is connected to the PS4, its internal battery will continue charging. The controller will charge if it is connected to the PS4 while in rest mode. If it remains connected, the light at the top will turn yellow. If your controller runs low on power, the light on top will turn yellow and flash yellow. You should also see an on-screen message advising you to plug it back in.

The light bar at the top of the controller glows different colors when it is charged depending on which player it is assigned to. Player 1 is blue, player 2 is red, player 3 is green, and 4 is pink.

Troubleshooting Wireless Connectivity Issues

To ensure that your controller turns on when you press the PS button, connect it to the PS4 and check for a charge. The light bar may not glow if there is a problem with the USB cable or the internal battery. To eliminate the second possibility, you might have an additional cable.

The problem is either with your controller or your console’s Bluetooth connectivity. The problem is with your controller’s Bluetooth connectivity. You can still play with the controller connected via USB.


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