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    How to sync or reset PS4 DualShock controllers without cable, step by step

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    Welcome again! If you've been with your PS4 for a while, it's possible that at some point you've come across the console not recognizing the controller, which is a problem when enjoying your favorite video games. In this sense, later we will explain step by step how sync or reset PS4 DualShock controllers so  easy and simple.

    Steps to reset PS4 DualShock controllers without cable

    Next we will show you all the steps you need to follow for reset PS4 DualShock controllers  when you have trouble connecting it to your console wirelessly, which is a very common error of this type of controller. It should be noted that this process works for the PS4 slim console and the PS4 pro.



    • In the device menu you have to select the option 'Bluetooth devices and there you can watch all controllers and devices connected to the PlayStation.
    • Now select the device you want restore or sync again. However this is a bit tricky to guess, in fact you may have to reactivate all the controls you have until you understand what it is.
    • Once you find the controller you want to reset, tap on it and press the X button.
    • Then you have to press the «Options» button located on the remote control, to open the menu and now select the option it says "Forget device". This will cause the controller to be disconnected from your console.
    • You will now need to find a USB cable to re-sync the controller with the console, as there is no other way to do this.

    How to force restart the controller

    If you've tried to complete the process we show you in the previous section, but still can't sync your controller with the PS4, do not despair that here we offer you another alternative.



    In this case, it is possible that the controller has some kind of fault that prevents it from connecting to the console (which is in good condition). To perform this procedure, you will need a very thin but strong paper clip.

    • The first thing to do is to properly shut down the PS4 console and disconnect it from the power supply. Also, you have to turn off the internet modem and this way your remote will not be able to receive any kind of signal when restarting.
    • Next you have to search for a hole or slot located on the front of the remote control. 
    • Now you need to take the clip and push it into the small hole and press until you feel a clip. Repeat the process about 5 times. 
    • You can also hold it down and count up to 10 seconds to complete the forced restart of the PlayStation 4 controller.
    • Then, reconnect both the console and the router to power and proceed to power on. Immediately you need to connect the PS4 controller to the USB cable and this should have solved the controller sync problem.

    Last alternative: play with the controller connected via USB

    In case none of the above alternatives work, you can skip the steps for reestablish the wireless connection of the controller. Although this is not the best solution of all, as the idea is to be able to use our remote control wirelessly.


    But without a doubt it's your best bet in case you can't find any more alternatives to reset a PS4 controller. That way, Bluetooth connectivity issues won't stop you from use the controller to play quietly on PS4.

    So for synchronize un PS4 controller with console only via a USB cable, you have to open the «Devices» section in the menu as we show you in the first section of the post.


    Next, you need to locate the "Controls" option and there you can configure everything so that the controller turns on and yes sync with ps4 only while connected with the USB cable.

    We're done for today! If the information in this article was useful to you, don't forget to share it with all your contacts through social networks, see you soon!

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