PS4 Controller Won’t Turn Off | Fixed

You just played a game on your PS4 and you’re ready to turn off the controller, but it won’t turn off. You’ve tried holding down the power button for 7 seconds, but nothing happens! This is frustrating because now you have to wait before trying again. Luckily, there are two other ways that you can try in order to get your controller turned off that you will learn in this article.

PS4 controller won't turn off for different reasons

Why to Turn Off PS4 Controller

Ok, this might sound a strange question to ask, but really, why do you want to turn off PS4 controller in the first place?

Well, the most common reason is to save battery life. We know that the PS controller can use up battery life when it’s connected to a game console, so turning off your controller will definitely save some of those precious batteries.

What Causes PS4 Controller Not to Turn Off

The first question you might have is, “Why won’t my PS4 controller turn off?” There are two reasons why this could happen. The first and most likely cause for the problem is that the PS button is not working properly or there’s an electrical circuit short going inside your PS4 controller. This is the most common cause of this issue. The other reason why your controller may not turn off could be because of a sort of malfunction in the battery that keeps it on constantly.

Fixing PS4 controller won’t turn off

If your PS button is not working properly or there’s an electrical circuit short going inside your controller, you’ll need to take the time to fix it. If that doesn’t work though and you know for sure there’s nothing wrong with the PS button on your controller because it works every other time, then a battery might be malfunctioning, or the controller itself is defective.

try to turn off PS4 controller

So, to fix that you can simply replace the battery with a new one.

There are two ways to do this: you can either buy an official replacement battery or use a third party compatible battery. You can find both types of batteries on eBay, Amazon, and other places like that online, so it should be easy for you to get your hands on one in no time at all.

After you have your new battery, all that remains is putting it in the controller and letting the PS button do its thing. You might need to charge the new battery before using it though depending on when you bought it.

Alternatively, you may want to buy a new PS4 controller instead, as this type of malfunction indicates there’s a hardware issue with your PS4 controller.

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6 Responses

  1. Henry says:

    I recently purchased Stadia and am using it with the Chromecast and Google TV. Everything works perfectly after connecting the PS4 controller. When I turn off the television, the controller remains on…. How do I deactivate the controller?

    • PlayStation Expert says:

      Try plugging them in with a data cable. If that doesn’t work, try resetting them first with the pinhole button on the back of the controller, and re-syncing them with a data cable.

  2. Roubin says:

    The light on the controller has been on for approximately 12 hours since I used it for my computer. Should I wait until it runs out of battery or can I fix it somehow?

    • PlayStation Expert says:

      If pressing the PS button on your controller does not bring your PS4 Pro out of rest mode, try pressing the eject and power buttons on the front. Nothing works, which indicates that it has crashed (software error). Hold down the power button on the PS4 Pro’s front until it turns off. It will take a few seconds.

  3. Jackson says:

    Since I used the controller for my computer, the light has been on for roughly 12 hours. Can I fix it now, or should I wait till the battery dies?

    • PlayStation Expert says:

      Unplug the controller and leave it like this until the battery drains out and the light turns off. Once done, connect it back to your PS4 and reset your controller. This should resolve the issue.

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