PS4 controllers are wireless controllers used to connect with your Play Station console. They have the capability to get charged with several outlets including the console itself, laptops, or wall-mounted chargers (like we have for our smartphones).
Since the initial release, there have been several users every now and then who report that they are unable to get their PS4 controllers to charge properly. When they plug in the cable, no lights blink and the PS4 acts as if nothing has happened. In this solution, we will go through several workarounds to help you troubleshoot why your PS4 controller is not charging.
What causes your PS4 Controller not to charge?
Like all other wireless controllers, PS4 controllers also have several different aspects and reasons for why it might not charge properly. Some of the reasons are listed down below.
- Error state: The PS4 controller might be in an error state which might render its charging mechanism useless. A PS4 cache reset of the controller usually fixes this issue.
- Charging cable: The charging cable you are using might not be delivering the current onto your controller. This is common and similar to the case where our charging cables of smartphones get broken.
- Charging Port: The charging port present on your PS4 console might be broken.
- Batteries: The batteries present in your console might have died over the use. Every rechargeable battery has its limit and life. If you haven’t even replaced your batteries, this might be the problem.
Before we start with the workarounds, you need to be sure that your PS4 controller is indeed in a working state and not broken. There have been instances where the PS4 controller isn’t connecting and you need to make sure that it connects before you can proceed. If your PS4 controller is broken physically, we recommend getting it checked at a store.
Solution 1: Resetting your PS4 Controller
Before we start meddling with your wire and batteries, it is worth resetting your PS4 controller to factory settings. Each PS4 controller has stored configurations and settings which are usually preferences of the player. We can try resetting your PS4 controller properly and see if this does the trick.
- Disconnect your PS4 controller with your console or any charging port.
- Once disconnected, take a small pin, turn the controller and press and hold the reset button present at the back. Keep pressing for a couple of seconds.
- Now release the pin and wait for a few seconds before attempting to pair or charging your controller. Check if the issue at hand has gotten solved.
Solution 2: Power Cycling your PS4
Your PS4 console might also be in an error state which may be the culprit why your PS4 controller is not charging as expected. There were numerous user reports that power cycling the console fixed the issue. Power cycling is the act of completely restarting the console so all the temporary configurations are erased.
- Turn off your PS4 console and controller normally.
- Now take out the main power supply wire from the socket of your console and let is sit idle for around 5 – 10 minutes. Also, press and hold the PS4 power button for 30 seconds to make sure all the energy is drained.
- After the time has elapsed, connect everything back and turn your console and controller on. Try connecting your controller and see if this does the trick.
Solution 3: Checking your Connecting Wire
PS4 is charged just like any other electronic device using a wire which appears to be a micro USB device that we use in our everyday lives. There are numerous occasions where the wire might get damaged over the use or when it is physically damaged.
We recommend replacing the wire and see if the controller gets charged. You can borrow a working charging wire from any friend or phone which you know is working perfectly without any issues. If your wire turns out to be the culprit, consider changing it.
Solution 4: Checking PS4 Charging Port
If you are attempting to charge your controller from your console directly, you can try charging it using another port such as your Laptop or your smartphone charging adapter. There are numerous cases where the charging port present in the PS4 console doesn’t work properly and causes issues.
If you can charge your controller from another charging source, it probably means that there is some problem with your console’s charging port. Now try charging your controller from another PS4 so we are absolutely sure the problem is with your console’s port.
If the problem turns out to be from your PS4’s charging port, you might need to get it checked. We do not recommend opening the hardware and troubleshooting yourself without professional help.
Solution 5: Replacing PS4 Batteries
If you do not reach any conclusion after trying out all the troubleshooting steps above, you should consider getting your PS4 batteries replaced. PS4 batteries also have a life after which they start exhibiting strange behavior and eventually dying out.
If you are not sure how to replace your PS4 battery, you can easily find online YouTube tutorials and follow the instructions from there. Make sure that you use a proper battery that matches the specification of your PS4 controller to avoid having physical hardware damage.