How do you fix a red blinking controller?

Answered by Willian Lymon

To fix a red blinking controller, there are a few steps you can take. Here is a detailed guide on how to troubleshoot and resolve the issue:

1. Check the Battery: The first thing you should do is make sure the controller has enough charge. Connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable and wait for a few minutes to allow it to charge. If the battery was completely drained, it may take a while before the controller turns on.

2. Reset the Controller: If the battery is not the issue, you can try resetting the controller. On the back of the controller, there is a small hole near the L2 button. Use a paperclip or a small pin to press and hold the reset button for a few seconds. After releasing the button, connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable and turn it on.

3. Update the Controller Firmware: Sometimes, outdated firmware can cause issues with the controller. Connect the controller to the PS4 using a USB cable and go to the Settings menu. Select “Devices” and then “Controllers.” Choose “Update Firmware” and follow the on-screen instructions to update the controller firmware if an update is available.

4. Check for Interference: Wireless interference can disrupt the connection between the controller and the console. Make sure there are no other devices nearby that may be causing interference, such as other wireless devices or metal objects. Try moving closer to the console to see if the blinking stops.

5. Re-pair the Controller: If none of the above steps work, you can try re-pairing the controller with the PS4. Go to the Settings menu on the PS4 and select “Devices,” then “Bluetooth Devices.” Find the controller in the list and select “Forget Device.” After that, press and hold the PS button and the Share button on the controller simultaneously until the light bar starts blinking rapidly. On the PS4, select “Add New Device” and follow the on-screen instructions to re-pair the controller.

If none of these steps resolve the issue, there might be a hardware problem with the controller. In that case, you may need to consider contacting Sony support for further assistance or consider getting a replacement controller.

Remember to always ensure that your PS4 system software is up to date, as outdated software can sometimes cause compatibility issues. Regularly updating your console will help prevent such problems in the future.

Note: The steps provided above are general troubleshooting steps and may vary slightly depending on the specific model of the PS4 and the controller. It’s always a good idea to consult the user manual or the manufacturer’s website for more detailed instructions if needed.