Whether you want to pair your first or your second DualShock 4 controller, Sony’s PlayStation 4 makes the whole pairing process a breeze. In this guide, we’ll show you how to sync your controller with your console.
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Pair your primary DualShock 4 controller with your PS4
To pair the first controller with your console, use your controller’s USB cable to connect it to the PS4.
To start the process, plug one end of your controller’s USB cable into the USB port on the front of your PS4.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on your controller.
Both your controller and your PS4 are now connected. Turn on your PS4 by pressing the power button.
Your console assigns your controller to the first user account. Press the PS button on your controller and you can then choose your user account or create a new one. Enjoy gaming with your newly paired controller!
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Pair a secondary DualShock 4 controller to your PlayStation 4
You can connect up to four controllers to your PS4 at the same time. To add a secondary controller to your console, you don’t need the USB cable.
Using your paired controller, select “Settings” from the main PS4 screen.
Scroll down the ‘Settings’ page and choose ‘Devices’.
Select ‘Bluetooth devices’.
On your new controller, press and hold the PS and Share buttons for about five seconds. Your controller will appear on your PS4’s screen. Select it to pair it.
Your new controller is now paired with your PS4 and you can use it to play your games and perform other tasks on your console.
Troubleshooting the PS4 controller
If your pairing process didn’t go well and you’re having trouble with your DualShock 4 controller, here are a few tips to successfully pair your controller with your PS4.
Problem 1: The PS4 controller light won’t turn on
If your controller light doesn’t come on and stays off, there’s probably a battery problem. Your controller’s battery may be low, so it won’t turn on or pair with your console.
In that case, connect the controller to your PS4 with a USB cable and let it charge for a while. Try pairing it with your console after a few minutes.
Issue 2: DualShock 4 controller won’t pair with PS4
If your controller light comes on but won’t pair with your console, reset your controller settings to potentially resolve the issue.
To do that, first disconnect your controller from your console. On the back of your controller, near the L2 button, you’ll see a small hole. Insert a small tool (such as a paper clip) into this hole and press the reset button. Press and hold the button for five seconds.
Your controller has now been reset and you can start the pairing process.
Problem 3: No vibrations on PS4 controller
Your DualShock 4 controller vibrates during certain actions in certain games. If not, your console has probably disabled the feature.
You can re-enable the vibration option by going to Settings > Devices > Controller on your PS4 and enabling “Enable Vibration”.
And that’s it.
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