Are you getting the white blinking light on your PS4 controller?
If yes, this post is just for you.
When you see PS4 controller flashing white light, it means the controller is not able to connect with the console and you won’t be able to play games until the issue is resolved. In this post, we have listed five solutions that could fix the PS4 controller flashing white light issue.
You don’t have to try all of them. Start with the first one and move on to the next one and so on, till the issue is resolved. And yes, don’t forget to tell us which one of these worked for you!
Why your PS4 controller is flashing white light?
The flashing lights are indicators of some activity or problems in the PS4 controller. There are two reasons for your PS4 controller’s white light flashing – the battery is low or the PS4 controller is trying to connect to the console but has failed to connect due to some reasons.
The first thing you need to do is charge your PS4 controller to supports it’s normal operation and then try connecting the PS4 controller to console. If you still see the white light flashing, you need to try the solutions given below.
Solution One- Check for any hardware issues
There is a possibility some hardware issue is causing a problem with the connectivity. Either the USB cable connecting the controller and console is loosely fitted or the USB cable is bad. Ensure the USB cable is seated firmly at both ends
If there is any problem with USB cable, the controller would not get charged nor connect with the console. The solution to this problem is using another USB cable. Here are the steps to follow
Step One- Try with another USB cable
- Get another PS4 USB cable that works properly and connect the controller and console using that cable.
- Make sure the USB cable is seated firmly at both ends
- Turn on the PS4 console and controller and see if it works
If the PS4 works normally after replacing the cable, you can conclude the problem was in the cable. If you still see the white light flashing on your PS4 controller, you need to try the next step
Step Two-Try another controller
There is a possibility there is some hardware problem in the controller. You can try another controller to see if the earlier controller has some hardware problem. Here are the steps to follow.
- Use another controller to switch on your PS4 console
- Shut down the PS4 console completely
- Unplug the USB cable connecting the PS4 console and connector and wait for 3 minutes
- Re-plug the USB cable to the PS4 console
- Plug the problematic PS4 controller to the other end of the USB cable so that connection between PS4 controller and console can be established
- Turn on the PS4 console and see if it works properly. if you still see the PS4 controller flashing white light, try next solution
Solution Two- Reset PS4 Controller
Many problems with the PS4 controller can be resolved by resetting the PS4 controller. Some of the problems you can resolve with reset are white flashing light, Bluetooth issue, PS4 controller not syncing or connecting issues. Here are the steps to reset PS4 controller.
- Switch Off the PlayStation 4 console
- On the PS4 controller, locate the reset button. It is located on the back of the controller near the L2 shoulder button.
- Take a small unfolded paper clip or something similar to push the reset button recessed into the case. Push the reset button with the clip and hold it on for few seconds and then release it.
- After you have reset the PS4 controller, repair the PS4 controller with the console by connecting the USB cable correctly and then switch on the PS4 console.
- Press the PS button on the controller to log into PS4
- Your PS4 connector should be able to connect to your PS4 console and start to work.
If your PS4 controller is still flashing white light, you need to try next solution.
Solution Three – Update PS4 driver on your PC
If the PS4 driver on your computer is corrupt or outdated, it can result in operational problems with the PS4 controller. The simple solution to this problem is updating the PS4 driver on your PC.
You need to first uninstall the PS4 device and driver from your computer. The next step is reinstalling the PS4 device and then latest PS4 driver on your PC. Here are the steps to follow.
Step 1- Uninstall the PS4 device and driver on your Windows
- Press Windows logo key and R on your keyboard to bring up the Run command console
- In the Run command box, type devmgmt.msc and click OK
- In the Device Manager window, right-click the PS4 device and click Uninstall device
- In the Confirm Device Install pop-up, check the box Delete the driver software for this device and click OK
- Unplug the PS4 device from your computer and restart your computer
Step 2 – Reinstall Drivers
You can use a reliable software update tool like DriverDownloader to update your drivers. DriverDownloader is accurate and quick, so you’ll have no trouble using it.
It is free to download, install, and run. When you run it, you’ll get a free driver report. However, to update your drivers, you need to register DriverDownloader. You get 30-day money-back guarantee and customer support when you register the tool.
Solution Four – Start PS4 device in Safe Mode
The Safe Mode option in PS4 is designed to fix problems with PS4 firmware so that it can function normally. In Safe Mode, only the basic functions of PS4 are active.
Note- Starting the PS4 system in Safe Mode might result in loss of data. Hence, you are advised to back up PS4 system data to external hard drive or online backup source before selecting any option in Safe Mode.
Step 1 – Rebuild Database in Safe Mode
- Press the Power button on the front panel to turn off the PS4 The power indicator will blink a few minutes before the PS4 system turns off.
- Once the PS4 system is turned off, press and hold the power button again. Release the power button after you hear the second beep. The first beep can be heard when you press the power button, the second beep comes a few seconds later.
- Now connect the PS4 controller to the console with the USB cable and then press the PS button on the controller to switch on the PS4 system.
- You will see the Safe Mode screen with 8 options. Select 5th option- Rebuild Database.
- Wait for the process to complete
Information: The Rebuild Database option in PS4 Safe Mode is similar to defrag option in Windows. The defrag option does a clean-up of the data on the hard drives and also cleans up memory that helps in resolving issues with memory.
The Rebuild Database options perform same defrag action on the PS4 and can help resolve a host of issues on the PS4 system and also free space. It also fixes specific issues and speeds up the console. The Rebuild Database scans the hard drive of the PS4 system, removes unwanted files and builds a new database of all content.
- Try using your PS4 system with the controller and see if the white flashing light issue on the controller has been resolved. If the issue still persists, try next step.
Step Two- Update PS4 software
There are different ways to update PS4 software which includes via Internet, USB drive and Disc. Updating PS4 software can fix a lot of issues and it might also resolve the PS4 controller blinking white problem.
Here are the steps to follow.
Update System Software using the Internet
- Connect LAN(Ethernet) cable to your PS4 system
- Select Settings -> Network -> Set up Internet connection
- Follow-on screen instructions to configure network settings
- Once your PS4 system is connected to the Internet, go to the function screen again and select Settings –> System Software update
- The PS4 system will check for updates and download any updates that are available and install them
If you don’t want to update PS4 system software using the above method, you can use the option to update through Disc
Update System Software via Disc
- Download the PS4 update file to the disc
- Insert the disc into the PS4 system. The system will recognize the update and you will see a screen appears to guide you through the update process.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to update PS4 system software.
Update System Software via USB Drive/computer
You will need a computer connected to the Internet and a USB flash drive to update PS4 system software through this method. The USB drive should have 46 MB of free space. Here are the steps to follow.
- On USB flash drive, create a folder named PS4 to save the update file
- Inside the PS4 folder, create a folder named UPDATE
- Click on Download Now to download the update file
- Save the file in the UPDATE folder. You need to save the file with the file name “PS4UPDATE.PUP”.
- Once the update file is downloaded, plug-in the USB drive to your PS4 system
- Go to function screen, select Settings -> System Software Update
- Follow on-screen instructions to complete the update.
If none of the above solutions have worked for you, you can try the simple trick given below that have helped many PS4 users fix the controller white blinking light issue.
Solution Five – Easy trick to fix the controller white flashing light issue
This trick will reset all connection of the controller and initiate a fresh pairing mode. Here are the steps to follow
- Press and hold Share and PS button on the controller simultaneously
- Wait until the PS4 system turns On
- Try to use the PS4 now and see if the white flashing light issue on the controller has been resolved.