If your PS4 control is flashing blue, do not worry because it is a common malfunction experienced by most PlayStation users. This article will explain the causes of the flashing blue light and how to fix it.
Why Does My PS4 Controller Flash Blue?
A simple flashing blue light indicates that the PS4 controller is connecting with the console. The blinking should stop once it connects. If the blinking continues, there is a syncing issue between the controller and the console or the charger. If this is the case, the screen will display a ‘weak or no signal message” or just a blank black screen. The flashing blue light is also known as the Blue Light of Death.
What are Common Cause For PS4 Control Flashing Blue?
The Blue Light of Death is very common, but the exact causes vary. Below are the most common causes for your PS4 control flashing blue:
- Software issues – in several instances, the flashing blue light occurs because the software is not compatible or if a virus has attacked the installed software.
- Hardware issues – the Blue Light of Death can also turn on when the hardware is not properly placed or when some of the screws are not well tightened. This causes the PS4 controller to turn off randomly, causing the flickering light.
- Incompatible devices – if the device and console are not compatible, the blue light will turn on.
- Power supply issues – faulty cables or electricity sources affect the powering of the PS4 controller and, therefore, the flashing blue light.
The flashing blue light interferes with your gaming, but the good news is, you can fix it on your own. Knowing how to get rid of the Blue Light of Death determines if you will continue with your game immediately, or you will have to stop and take the machine to a repair shop.
There are various methods you can try to fix the issue from home, including:
- Resetting the controller-this is the simplest technique to fix your PS4 control. Check out the next section for a step-by-step guide on resetting the controller.
- Updating your TV’s firmware- this can be easily done through the settings section of your TV.
- Ensuring the hardware is set up properly- look at the hard drive and other hardware and ensure that they are aligned properly with well-tightened screws.
- Ensuring adequate power supply- ensure that the control is plugged in properly and that all power cables and sources are in good working condition. You should replace damaged cables and faulty power sockets. If you are not a professional, seek the help of an electrician to avoid electrical accidents.
Depending on why your PS4 controller is malfunctioning, you should be able to get rid of the flashing blue light following the techniques above. If the issue persists, the cause is beyond you, and it is wise to seek professional help from the local repair shop.
How To Reset The PlayStation Controller
Among the simplest ways of fixing the Blue Light of Death is resetting the PlayStation controller. If you choose this technique, you should know that your PlayStation can be reset in two ways; the hard reset and soft reset. Below is a guide on how to reset in both ways.
How to Soft Reset a PlayStation Controller (screenshots)
A soft reset is another term for rebooting your PS4 control. The process involves shutting down the device and turning it back on after a few seconds or minutes.
You must have done a soft reset with your laptop, phone or tablet at some point and the magic still works with a PlayStation controller.
Soft resetting the controller shuts down all the operations without permanent damages. Turning it on again reestablishes the connection between the controller and the PS4 console.
However, you can only perform a soft reset if you have another working controller; otherwise, check how to hard reset in the next section.
Below is a guide on how to soft reset:
1. Open the main menu and head to Settings.
2. On the drop-down menu, click on Devices and select Bluetooth Devices.
4. From the list of connected controllers, select the inactive one (without the green dot)
5. On the touchpad of the controller you are using, click on Options. A menu will pop up. Here, select Forget Device. This action will remove the non-working controller from the system.
7. The next step is to turn off the PS4. Hold down the power button on the working controller, select power, then Turn Off.
8. Once the device has turned off, connect the malfunctioning controller to the PS4 using a USB cable and turn on the PS4.
9. Press the PlayStation button on the connected controller and log in. Once paired, the controller will turn on a solid blue light, a sign of success.
How to Hard Reset a PlayStation Controller
A hard reset reverts the PS4 controller to default factory settings. If you are worried about the saved data, the process does not interfere with the saved games data.
Some people opt for a hard reset because they do not have an extra controller to perform a soft reset, but you can still go for it even with the option of a soft reset.
You will need a paper clip or a straight pin and a USB cable for a hard reset. With that, follow the step by step guide below to perform a hard reset:
- Unplug the controller from the console and turn off the PS4.
- Flip over the controller and locate a small hole near the left shoulder L2 button.
- Using the pin or paper clip, push the button inside the hole and hold for about 5 seconds.
- Release and wait for a few seconds and then plug in the controller to the PS4 using the USB cable.
- Next, turn on your PlayStation and give it time to reboot.
- Press the PS button on your controller, and once paired, the light bar turns blue.
What Does The Orange Light Mean On The Playstation Controller
The orange light on the PlayStation communicates different things depending on whether it is solid or blinking. The solid orange light is an indication that the controller is in rest mode and it is charging. On the other hand, the blinking orange light shows that the controller has just been plugged in and is starting to charge.
It is normal for your PS4 controller to flash orange. However, if you notice some malfunctions, you should pay attention to the cause. Some of the issues that lead to the orange light error include:
- Power supply issues- which result from a faulty USB cable which should be replaced or a faulty loading port that should be checked by a professional.
- Defective battery- which charges to completion but does not last long. If you are dealing with a faulty battery, the only solution is to purchase a new one.
- Timing issues- sometimes the orange light is flashing normally, but the controller is not functioning properly. If you have ruled out the power supply and battery issues, there is a timing issue or a bug which can be solved through a reset.
The colors on your PS4 controller transmit information to show the state of use or an issue. The flashing blue light is problematic as it shows connection and syncing issues. On the other hand, the orange light communicates the state of use, but it can also indicate a problem with charging or the battery. It is important to understand and deal with the issue immediately. If ignored, the issues may lead to major console problems.
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