How To Fix a PS4 Controller That’s Not Charging

The controller is one of the most important aspects of a console, and PlayStation controller designs have changed dramatically over the years. The DualShock 4 has become a controller of choice for gamers around the world.

The PS4 controller can be used wirelessly or via a USB plug. Sometimes it won’t charge so it’s impossible to use it. There are several reasons why it won’t charge. Read on to find out what they are and what you can try to fix it.

PS4 controller won’t hold charge

When your PS4 controller refuses to charge, you may be dealing with a physical or software problem. Here are some common causes.

  • PlayStation issues
  • Cable problems
  • A broken USB port
  • Hardware problems

The console may have encountered a bug that prevents it from charging your controller. This can be resolved by turning off the console, resetting it and then updating.

The USB cable may be worn or damaged as the wires will eventually break over time. In addition, some third-party cables are not suitable for charging the PS4 controller.

Your port may be damaged so try connecting it to another one.

The battery or charging port may not be working properly. Fortunately, it is easy to replace both parts.

PS4 controller not charging and no light

Once you connect your PS4 controller to the console for charging, the light bar will slowly fade between white and orange to indicate that the controller is charging. If it doesn’t, it means nothing is wrong.

Sometimes the controller has trouble charging directly from the console, but you can try connecting the controller to another device, such as your computer, to determine the cause. If charging still fails with another source, rule out the console as the cause.

Here are some solutions you can consider trying.

Change the charging cable

The problem may be with the cable. If possible, try a different cable or the same cable to charge another controller. Also look for physical signs of damage, such as fraying on the cord or a build-up of dirt in the plug.

Inspect the charging port

Accumulated dust or dirt can interrupt the power supply and prevent your controller from charging. Try to remove the dust with compressed air and then use a microfiber cloth. You can also use a wooden toothpick or soft brush.

If cleaning the port does not help and you are sure that the port is the problem then the only other solution is to replace the port. Here’s how.

  1. Disassemble the regulator.
  2. Unscrew the charging port card.
  3. Disconnect the cable connecting the charging port board to the main board.
  4. Install the new port.

The process is relatively simple. However, you must first make sure that the charging port is faulty to avoid wasting time and money.

Charge the controller upside down

This may sound like a strange solution, but it can help. Try turning the controller upside down to charge. This helps to remove the dust from the charging port. Or, if there is a disconnect in the cable, an inverted position can work as a temporary solution.

Reset the controller

Sometimes a random bug can damage the connection between the console and the controller. Try resetting your devices first.

  1. Turn off the PlayStation 4.
  2. Unplug your controller and the PS4.
  3. On the back of your controller, below the “L2”, you’ll find the “reset” button.
  4. Take a pin or similar tool to press the button inside and then hold it down for at least five seconds.
  5. Reconnect the controller to the console using the USB cable.
  6. Plug in the PS4 and then press the PS button.

If this worked, the front light bar will turn blue and then slowly switch between white and orange. If not, then move on to the next solution.

Repair the controller

Follow these steps to try to repair the controller.

  1. Turn on your PS4.
  2. Go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Devices’.
  3. Choose ‘Disable devices’.
  4. Turn off the console.
  5. To reset the controller, use a pin to press and hold the reset button for at least five seconds.
  6. Turn on the console and then connect the controller with the USB cable.
  7. Press the PS button on the controller and try charging the controller again.

Reset and Update

Still no luck? We then combine the above solutions for a more comprehensive approach.

  1. Turn on the PS4. Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Devices’.
  2. Choose ‘Turn off device’. You will be taken to a screen with the option to shut down “All” peripherals or certain peripherals.
  3. Choose them all.”
  4. Use the power button to turn off the console. Unplug the console for at least one minute, then press and hold the power button for at least 30 seconds.
  5. Use a pin to press the reset button on the controller.
  6. Connect the controller to the console using the USB plug.
  7. Turn on the PS4. Go to ‘Settings’ and then choose ‘System Software Update’.
  8. If the “Update Now” option is available, select it.
  9. Click “Next” once the update has been downloaded.
  10. Let the console do whatever it takes to complete the update.

Try charging the controller again once the update is complete.

Remark: The PS4’s firmware doesn’t need to be updated like the Xbox controller does.

Replace the batteries

If you’ve been using your PS4 controller for a long time, your controller’s batteries may have run out. Consider replacing them with new PS4 batteries to see how that works.


Should my PS4 controller light up while charging?

The light bar slowly fades between white and orange while charging. When it’s done, the light will turn off. The light bar should flash orange slowly when the charger is in rest mode.

How long does it take for the PS4 controller to charge?

The PS4 controller takes about two hours to fully charge when the battery is completely empty.

How can I make my PS4 controller last longer?

Here’s how to extend the battery life on your PS4 controller between charges.

Turn off vibration

While this may slightly diminish your gaming experience, turning off the vibration is the ultimate battery saver. Here’s how to disable vibrations.

• Go to ‘Settings’, ‘Devices’, ‘Controllers’ and ‘Enable vibration’ and uncheck the box.

Reduce the light bar

Decrease the brightness on the light bar.

• Go to “Settings”, “Devices” and “Brightness”, then lower the brightness by setting it to the lowest choice.

Can I charge my PS4 controller from a wall outlet?

Yes, your PS4 controller can be charged via a USB wall charger. First check the output of the charger to make sure it is compatible.

DualShock 4 is now fully charged

Compared to the DualShock 3, the DualShock 4 features are significantly improved. Maybe that’s why it sometimes refuses to charge; so much pressure is put on such a small device. Fortunately, for common problems, there can be common solutions. And when the light bar confirms that the controller isn’t charging, there are several troubleshooting tips you can try.

First rule out where the problem might lie. Try a different USB cable or use the same USB cable and try a different port. Common causes include a faulty USB cable, a clogged port, or if you’ve been using the battery for a while, it may need to be replaced. In general, the reason should be easy to solve.

What prevented your controller from charging and were you able to fix it? Tell us what you did to get your controller charging again in the comments section below.

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