How to Restart PS4 Without Controller

You want to restart your PS4, but you don’t have a controller, or your PS4 controller isn’t working for some reasons? What do you do? The answer is surprisingly simple. You can actually power cycle the console without using a controller! To learn how to restart PS4 without controller, keep reading this article.

restarting PS4 without controller

We will also discuss why some people might want to restart PS4 without controller. Maybe they are experiencing problems with their current setup or they just want to try something new.

Why to Restart PS4 without a controller

Let’s learn first why do you want to restart your PS4 system without a controller first, which is an exceptional case in fact, because usually PS4 restart is done “safely” using the controller.

You may want though to learn about the benefits of restarting PS4 and how it fixes many PS4 system issues.

But when the PS4 controller is not working/stopped responding because the PS4 has frozen or the controller itself has malfunctioned, you will need to restart the PS4 without the controller in hope that the PS4 will revive from this bad situation.

Luckily, it’s very easy to restart PS4 without a controller, just follow the steps illustrated below.

How to Restart PS4 without Controller

PS4 power button
Now, let’s learn how to restart PS4 when your controller is unable to work for some reasons.

The easiest and simples way to do that is to hold the PS4 Power Button for 10 seconds. Now, this will turn off the PS4 and reboot it in such a way that it’s not necessary to unplug or connect any cables, so you can follow these steps without risk of damaging your console.

But if your PS4 won’t restart for any reason, you want want to turn it off. The difficult part here is when the PS4 won’t turn off also.

Don’t worry, we have covered almost all issues in our guides on our website. Just search for the problem you’re facing and most probably you’ll find a solution here. Otherwise, you’re welcome to comment below or contact us with your issue.

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4 Responses

  1. Carl says:

    Hello I’m wondering if it’s possible to factory reset a PS4 without a controller.

    • PlayStation Expert says:

      – Launch the Settings menu on your console.
      – Scroll all the way down until you see Initialization, and then select it.
      – Select Initialize PS4. This removes basically everything that you’ve stored on your PS4.
      – Select Full on the following screen to reset your console completely.

  2. Liam says:

    My first action after purchasing a used PS4 without a controller was to reset it. I connected my USB keyboard and restarted it as usual. After resetting, I was taken to a menu that instructed me to hit the PS button after connecting the DUALSHOCK 4 controller via USB connection. I had read online that the keyboard’s stop button doubles as the PS button, but that didn’t work for me. What must I do in order to configure the PS4 with a keyboard?

    • PlayStation Expert says:

      The causes of a PlayStation 4 turning off unexpectedly might range from minor to disastrous. The PlayStation 4 could be hot, have faulty internal hardware such as a defective hard drive or corrupted firmware, or even just have dust or grime on the switch.

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