How to Connect a PS4 Controller

The price of the PS4 has come down since the launch of the PS5, so chances are you’ve bought one recently to play the fantastic library of games.

But before you start playing, you must first know how to connect your DualShock controller.

Fortunately, the process of connecting a DualShock controller to a PS4 console is very simple, and we’re here to walk you through the process.

This guide can also be used to add additional controllers, so it’s useful for local multiplayer sessions as well as those who just bought a new PS4 console.

Equipment used

  • PS4 Console
  • PS4 DualShock Controller
  • USB-A to microUSB cable

The short version

  • Turn on the PS4
  • Connect the PS4 controller to the console via charging cable
  • Press the PlayStation button on the controller
  • Untie the cable and start playing
  1. Walk

  2. Turn on the PS4
  3. The PS4 console must be turned off to connect to your controller. On the front of the console, you’ll find a small power button directly above the disc eject button. Press.How to connect your PS4 controller (1)

  4. Walk

    Connect the PS4 controller to the console via charging cable

    You will need a USB-A to microUSB cable for this next step. This should have come with the console, but it’s easy enough to find online if you’ve misplaced it.

    Plug the rectangular USB-A end into the front port of the PS4, then insert the other end into the PS4 controller. Once connected, the PS4 will begin charging the controller.

  5. Walk

    Press the PlayStation button on the controller

    Once you press the PlayStation button on the controller, it should connect to your PS4 console.

  6. Walk

    Dto attach wire up and start playing

    You can then detach the cable and continue with a wireless connection, as long as your controller has enough charge. Now that the PS4 controller is paired to the console, you will also be able to turn on the PS4 by simply pressing the PlayStation button on the pad.


Why won’t my PS4 connect to the controller?

If the controller does not connect to your console, it may need to be charged. If that’s not the problem, try resting on the console by holding down the power button until you hear a second beep.

How do I connect my PS4 controller without a cable?

If you don’t have a cable to pair a second controller to your PS4, then (with another controller) head to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices. Then press and hold the Share and PlayStation buttons on your unpaired controller. Your controller should then enter pairing mode and appear on your PS4 console as an available Bluetooth device. Click on it and everything should be configured.

If this is the very first controller you’re connecting to the PS4, you’ll need a cable.

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