If you want to play games on PS4, you need the PS4 controller to work flawlessly. When you turn on the PlayStation 4, the PS4 controller should automatically connect to it. If your PS4 controller is not syncing with the game console, you may feel your day is ruined.
Many PlayStation users have complained about PS4 controller syncing/connection issues. We have discussed a few solutions that will demonstrate how to sync the PS4 controller especially when the controller does not connect automatically.
Solution One- Connect the PS4 controller with a USB cable
Though the PS4 controller is intended to connect to the PS4 console wirelessly, it does provide you an option of a wired connection. Sony recommends a USB connection between the console and the PS4 controller to sort out any syncing issues. Here are the steps to follow.
- Switch of the PlayStation 4 game console
- Connect the PlayStation 4 and the PS4 controller with a USB cable
- Start the PlayStation 4
- On your PS4 controller, press and hold the PlayStation button at the center. This step will prompt the PS4 controller to fix any sync issue
If the above steps do not work, try these steps
- Go to PlayStation 4 console settings
- Choose Devices
- Select Bluetooth Devices
- You will see a list of paired Bluetooth devices
- Select the DualShock Controller in the list and tap Forget Device
- Repeat the above steps for all DualShock Controller in the list
- Exit Settings Menu
- On your PS4 controller, press and hold the PlayStation button to sync the controller.
See if the PS4 controller syncing issue is resolved. If the above solution does not work, try the next solution
Solution Two- Reset the PS4 controller
There is a possibility the settings of the PS4 controller are corrupt. In that resetting, the PS4 controller can help. Here are the steps to follow.
- Switch off the PS4 and unplug it
- On the PS4 controller locate the reset button in a tiny hole. The reset button is located near the L2 shoulder button at the backside.
(Note- Avoid using a sharp tool to press the reset button as it may damage the button)
- Get a small tool to push the reset button in the hole. You need to press and hold the reset button with the tool for at least 3-5 seconds.
- Switch on the PlayStation 4 console
- Connect the console and PS4 controller with a USB cable
- On the PS4 controller, press the PlayStation button located at the center for a few seconds
- If the light bar on the PS4 controller turns blue, it indicates the PS4 controller is synced and ready for use.
If resetting the PS4 controller has not helped, the last resort is resetting the PlayStation 4 game console.
Solution Three – Reset PlayStation 4
Sometimes the settings of the PlayStation 4 and the controller are messed up to an extent that nothing seems to work. In that case, resetting the PlayStation 4 completely will erase all settings and allow you to start afresh. Here are the steps to follow.
- On your PlayStation 4 console, press and hold the Power button. When you hear a second beep release the power button
- Unplug the PS4 controller that does not sync with the console.
- Also, unplug the power cable from PlayStation 4
- Leave the PlayStation 4 console and the controller for 4-5 minutes. Don’t press any button on any devices during these 5 minutes.
- Plug the power cable to the PlayStation 4
- Connect the PS4 controller
- Switch on the PlayStation 4
Check whether the PS4 controller syncing issue is resolved