PS4 Safe Mode Loop

PS4 Safe Mode Loop?

PS4 usually stucks in a Safe Mode Loop with no exit paths working. This guide tells 6 different ways in which you can exit safe mode easily

Why does my PS4 keep going into safe mode?

The reasons behind your PS4 stuck in a safe mood could be a loose cord, or other hardware issues such as your HDMI cable might need replacement.

So you would be thinking,

How do I get my PS4 out of safe mode without USB?

Honestly, you don’t need to worry much because I have all the solutions listed below.

Why can’t I put my ps4 in safe mode?

There are software glitches, mostly when the latest update arrives, or this can be due to the latest game you have installed.

All you need to do is follow the following solutions stepwise and see what works the best for you. You can try these fixes and also contact PS4 for support.

Solution 1: Restart PS4 in Safe Mode

So restarting PS4 in safe mode has solved the PS4 Safe Mode Loop for many users.

You will not lose your personal data while using this solution.

Just follow the steps:

  1. Turn off your PS4 by pressing the power button on the front panel.
  2. Press and hold the power button until you hear the second beep and will boot in Safe Mode.
  3. Now connect DUALSHOCK 4(DS4) to the USB cable and press the PS button on the controller to pair it.
  4. Select Restart PS4 and press X to reboot your console in Safe Mode.
  5. If PS4 boots back into a safe loop then follow the next solution below.

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Solution 2: Power Cycling Your PS4

This technique will completely shut down your PS4 making sure all the power is drained.

It will recreate all the configurations before starting up.

So here’s how to power cycle PS4:

  1. Tap and Hold the power button on the console for at least 10 seconds until it turns off completely.
  2. Unplug the power plug from the back of the console.
  3. Now Press and hold the power button several times until there’s no remaining power which will clean all the cache and drain the PS4 from any current.
  4. Now wait for 4 to 5 minutes and plugin everything back and try running PS4 and check if PS4 Safe Mode Loop is solved.

Solution 3: Check Your HDMI Cables

If the previous solution didn’t work for you then, this will surely solve the PS4 Safe Mode Loop.

Try changing your HDMI cables because it might be due to a hardware issue.

Let’s do it:

  1. Unplug your HDMI cables from the back of your both TV and PS4.
  2. If you are thinking to buy a new one then, first try switching the ends of HDMI cables.
  3. And plug-in the HDMI cable of your PS4 into your TV and vice versa.
  4. If this solution worked for you then use the Restart PS4 option and it will boot in regular mode.

Solution 4: Rebuild the PS4 Database

This is the best solution that has worked out for many users.

This Rebuild Database feature allows you to clean up the data on your PS4 and sort out everything on the hard drive.

It will replace the files for repair.

So let’s turn on your PS4:

  1. Connect DUALSHOCK 4(DS4) to a USB cable and press the PS button on the controller to pair it.
  2. Press and hold the power button until you hear the second beep and will boot in Safe Mode.
  3. Now go down to solution number 5 and select “Rebuild Database
  4. Wait for the process to complete and your PS4 Safe Mode Loop problem will be solved.

Solution 5: Update PS4 Manually

So if the above solution didn’t work for you then this is the best solution for you.

And its mostly used when the PS4 system has been offline and it will surely fix the PS4 Safe Mode Loop.

Before starting this just make sure you have the following ready for you

So when you have all the above then follow the steps below:

  1. Plug the USB drive into the PC and create a folder naming PS4 on the USB root path.
  2. Create an Update folder in that PS4 folder
  3. Download the System Update file and save it with the name PS4UPDATE.PUP and store it in the Update folder
  4. Enable Safe Mode as mentioned in solution 1, step 2
  5. After enabling Safe Mode, select Update System Software
  6. Select update from USB Storage Device and select OK

Just make sure the created folder name and saved updated file name should be correct.

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Solution 6: Initialize PS4

By initializing your console all the system settings will be restored to default or you can say factory reset and this is the least you can go to solve PS4 Safe Mode Loop.

Make sure the external USB drive should be large enough to store your PS4 data and should be formatted to FAT

So lets back up on PS4 and initialize:

  1. Connect your USB drive to your PS4.
  2. Go to PS4 Settings and select System.
  3. Select Back Up and Restore > Back Up PS4.
  4. Now select the data you want to backup and select Next.
  5. Assign a name to your backup and choose Back Up.
  6. Press the X button on your controller and your data will start backing up.
  7. Unplug your USB drive from the console after your data is fully backed up.
  8. Now go back to PS4 settings and scroll down to choose Initialization.
  9. Select Initialize PS4 > Full initialization.
  10. Then follow on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  11. Remember DO NOT turn your PS4 OFF during initialization as this will bring some irrecoverable damages to your PS4.

I hope the above solutions have worked for you and feel free to ask any questions in the comment section.


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