How To Reset PS5 Controller? Step-by-step guide

How To Reset PS5 Controller Step by step guide

Are you facing some issues with your DualSense and want to know how to reset PS5 controller? We have prepared a step-by-step guide just for that purpose. 

You can reset PS5 controller in the following ways:

  • Power off your PS5 console. 
  • Look at the back of the PS5 controller to locate a small hole.
  • Use a small tool such as a SIM Ejector tool to push a button inside the hole.
  • Press and hold the button down for roughly 3-5 seconds.

You have now successfully reset PS5 controller. You can now connect the controller again to PS5 or any other device using a USB cable and press the PlayStation button on DualSense.

In this article, we will show you in detail how to reset PS5 controller. This tutorial can help you fix some common problems with your controller, such as, Controller is stuck in the “Connecting” state or if it does not work properly or doesn’t respond when connected to PS5.

How to reset PS5 controller?

Hard Reset DualSense controller:

As mentioned on the PlayStation’s official page, you can reset PS5 controller in the following way:

  • First, turn off your PlayStation 5 console. 
Power off the PS5 Console using the power button on console
PS5 power button
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  • Now, pick up your PS5 controller and look at the back of the controller to locate a small hole. The hole is circular and is just beside where “Sony” is written on the DualSense.
Reset PS5 controller button in a small hole on back side of controller
Reset button on back side of DualSense controller
  • The small hole contains a reset button hidden inside it which needs to be pushed down.
  • Use a small tool, such as a SIM Ejector tool to push the button inside the hole.
SIM Ejector tool or pin
Sim ejector tool
  • Press and hold the button down for roughly 3-5 seconds.
  • Your PS5 controller is now reset.

Soft Reset DualSense controller:

If you have connected your DualSense using Bluetooth, then there is also another way by which you can unpair or soft reset the DualSense. You can soft reset PS5 controller in the following way:

  • Navigate to the PS5’s “Settings“.
  • Then click “Accessories menu”.
  • Choose “General“ from there.
  • Select “Bluetooth Accessories“ from the settings menu.
  • In the “Registered Accessories“ section, choose “Wireless Controller“. 
  • After selecting your wireless controller, you will see an option to “Delete“.
  • Select “Delete” and click ok when prompted for confirmation.
Confirmation to delete wireless controller

PS5 will remove your DualSense controller from the registered device and a soft reset is complete.

How to pair a PS5 controller?

If you only had one wireless controller connected to your PlayStation 5 console, then you will have to connect it using a USB cable after the reset procedure. You can follow the below steps to pair a PS5 controller:

You have now successfully paired your DualSense with PS5. If you want, you can also connect an additional controller to PS5 using either Bluetooth or USB port. There’s also a limit to no. of PS5 controllers you can connect to the PS5 console.

What happens after you reset PS5 controller?

If you soft reset your DualSense, then PS5 will delete it from the registered device and will flush out any memory related to that DualSense. The Hard Reset takes this to the next level for the controller settings and restores the default settings on the DualSense controller itself. Therefore, it will be seen as a brand new device for your PlayStation 5 console.

When should you reset a PS5 DualSense Controller?

You can try to reset PS5 controller if you are facing some issues such as

Resetting the DualSense might resolve the faulty controller and the issue that you are facing with it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you sync a PS5 controller without the cable?

To sync a DualSense controller without the cable you will need to set up a Bluetooth connection. You can follow the guide on how to pair an additional DualSense controller to PS5 using Bluetooth (wireless connection)?

How do you turn off the DualSense controller without the console?

Hold down the PlayStation button on top of the DualSense for around 10 seconds to turn it off.

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