PS5 Controller Blinking Blue – What Does It Mean?

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PS5 Controller Blinking Blue

Suppose you have a PS5 controller blinking blue; it’s because the controller is trying to pair to a Bluetooth device. That could be your android device, PS5, or PC. While this is good for connectivity, it can become a nuisance when the controller doesn’t seem to connect to any device.

Key Takeaways

  • A controller flashing blue typically means it’s trying to pair
  • A controller flashing orange means the controller is charging or PS5 is entering rest mode

Learn more about the PS5 controller blinking blue and how to solve the problem.

Why Is My PlayStation Controller Flashing Light Blue?

A PS4 controller’s blue blinking light shows that it is trying to connect to a PS4 console or other Bluetooth devices. It should cease blinking shortly after the console is powered on. But if the issue continues, there are several quick and easy troubleshooting methods you may attempt. For instance, you could reset the controller to factory settings.

But first, let’s look at the reasons why your PlayStation controller keeps flashing blue:

  • Power Supply Issues. Power supply failure, frayed cables, and general wear and tear are common causes of malfunction.
  • Software Issues. Your PlayStation 4 controller may stop working if you’re using an outdated version of the software or if you encounter any bugs or glitches.
  • Compatibility issues. Devices and combinations of devices that are not compatible with one another can occasionally lead to malfunctions.
  • Hardware Issues. Your PlayStation 4 could power off unexpectedly and display a blinking blue light. That could be caused by loose screws, incorrectly positioned hard drives, or other mechanical issues.

Related: Why Does My PS5 Keep Turning Off? Reasons And Solutions

How Do You Fix a Blinking Blue Light on PS5 Controller?

To fix a blinking blue light on PS5 controller, try the following fixes:

Reset Your PS5 Controller

Here’s how to reset a PS5 controller:

  • Turn the controller over and locate that tiny hole on the right of the brand name SONY®.
  • Use a toothpick or paper clip to press the button.
  • Press and hold it for 5 seconds.
  • Click on the Select and Home (PS) buttons simultaneously
  • Hold the buttons for 5 seconds

USB Cable

If resetting the PS5 controller is ineffective, you can use a Charge-Sync USB cable. Follow the steps below:

  • Plug one end of the USB cable into the PS5 controller and the other end into the console.
  • Press the Home (PS) button

You should be able to operate your PS5. 

If it doesn’t work, try this next fix.

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Use the PS App or Different Controller

Use a different PlayStation controller or the PS remote play application to connect to the PS5 console. Then follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Accessories
  • Select General
  • Click on Bluetooth Accessories
  • Disconnect the Wireless Controller that’s not working by pressing X on it
  • Click on Delete
  • Select OK
  • Put your PS5 console on Sync Mode by pressing and holding the Home and Select buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds
  • Look for the controller under Accessories Found
  • Scroll down using your working controller and click X on it

You should be able to connect to the controller now.

Tip: If the USB cable option did not work for you earlier, you could enable it on the Accessories Menu. Here’s how:

  • Go to Controllers
  • Select Communication Method
  • Click on Use USB Cable

Other fixes you can try are:

Battery Charge

Confirm that the controller has enough juice to support the connection. To confirm, you only need to click on the PS button. It should appear on your screen.

Move or Turn Off other Bluetooth Devices

If you have other devices in the same room using Bluetooth, they can interfere with the pairing process. You also need to Forget the controller on your smartphone’s Bluetooth Paired Devices.

Related: Can You Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PS4 & PS5?

Update Firmware on PS5 Controller

Updates often come with improvements, new features, or even bug fixes. That’s why you need to update the PS5 to the latest version. You can do so using Settings.

Via Settings

Here’s how to update PS5 firmware via settings:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select System
  • Click on System Software
  • Hit System Software Update and Settings
  • Click Update System Software
  • Select Update Using Internet
  • Click Update
  • Hit OK

Update the PS5 Controller

Here’s how to update your PS5 controller:

  • Disconnect the PS5 console from the internet. You could do that manually or turn off your Wi-Fi.
  • Go to System
  • Click on Date and Time
  • Hit Set Manually
  • Choose one day behind
  • Click on OK
  • Restart the PS5 console. You’ll see an update message on your screen once the console powers on
  • Click on Update Now
  • Click on System, then choose Date and Time
  • Choose Set Automatically

PS5 Controller Flashing Blue, Then Turns Off

As explained in the previous section, your PS5 controller is flashing blue and then turns off because it is trying to pair to another device. But when it keeps flashing and turns off, there could be a problem. The culprits could be a faulty controller, outdated firmware, or a low battery.

Related: How to Connect PS5 Controller to iPhone

PS5 Controller Blinking Blue With PC

When your PS5 controller is blinking blue with PC, its probably because of the following reasons:

Low Controller Battery

If your controller has a low battery, it cannot allow a connection between your controller and PC. So you may need to charge the controller. However, you can still connect the controller to the PC using a charge-sync USB cable.

Bluetooth Interruption

If the Bluetooth connection is broken, the PS5 controller will not pair with the computer. The controller and the computer could be the source of the Bluetooth disconnect. 

Signal interference can occur if multiple Bluetooth devices are close to one another. If you want a reliable connection, aim to keep interference from signals to a minimum.

Controller Settings

The PS5 controller requires specific settings to function with a personal computer. The PC will mistakenly identify the device as a USB port if the controller settings are incorrect. You cannot use the controller with any video game when this happens.

PS5 Controller Blinking Blue 30 Times

The PS5 controller blinks blue 30 times because it is ready to pair with other Bluetooth devices. If, after a while, it does not connect to the PS5 console, then your controller could be experiencing connectivity issues. In that case, you can apply the fixes discussed in this article’s early sections.

PS5 Controller Blinking Blue 6 Times

If your PS5 controller is blinking blue 6 times and does not connect to the PS5 console:

  • You may have a faulty controller.
  • The PS5 console may require an update.
  • You may have a low battery.

PS5 Controller Blinking Orange

The controller is blinking orange when: 

  • The PS5 console is in Rest Mode.
  • The controller battery is low. However, a warning message should appear on your TV before the orange color shows.
  • It is charging. Once the charge is complete, the blinking stops.

PS5 Controller Not Connecting

Your PS5 is not connecting because:

  • You’ve synced the controller with another Bluetooth device.
  • A faulty USB cable. It would help if you used a suitable cable (charge-sync USB cable)
  • The USB ports are damaged or dirty
  • The battery is damaged
  • Your Bluetooth sensor is damaged.
  • The firmware needs an update.

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