PS5 Controller Flashing Blue Light? Here are 6 Quick Fixes

As a PS5 user, I know how important it is to have a functioning controller. It’s your primary tool for navigating your console and enjoying your favorite games.

However, when your controller starts blinking blue 6 times or more and won’t connect, it can be frustrating and even cause you to miss out on a gaming session

But you don’t need to panic

As you are not the only one having a PS5 controller flashing blue as many others also reported on Reddit too.

In this article, we’ll explore some possible causes of the PS5 controller blinking blue and not connecting, and offer some solutions to help you get back to your gaming as quickly as possible.

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Why is my PS5 controller blinking blue but not turning on?

If the controller flashes blue continuously, there is a problem with the connection between the controller and the console.

And this could be due to these 5 reasons:

  1. The device you are connecting your console with may not be compatible.
  2. Your controller software might be outdated.
  3. Damaged or faulty USB cables can also result in issues like this.
  4. The PS5 system software might be need to update.
  5. Other Bluetooth devices might be interfering

Solution 1: Restart Your PS5

Whenever you encounter a PS5 controller blinking blue game bug/glitch, you should try restarting your PS5.


Restarting the console will eliminate any temporary errors/glitches occurring due to the old/corrupted cache.

So, here is how you can restart your PS5:

  1. Press the PlayStation (PS) button on your controller.
    PS button on PS5
  2. From the menu shown, Select the Power option (right-most)
  3. From the small menu that will appear on the power icon, select the last option “Restart PS5
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  4. While your PS5 restarts, don’t unplug any cord to avoid any hardware failure.
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Here’s a supporting video to restart PS5 for your ease:

Solution 2: Turn Off Nearby Bluetooth Devices To Fix PS5 Controller Flashing Blue

If the above solution didn’t work for you then this surely will solve the PS5 controller blinking blue 6 times.

Dualsense Bluetooth not working?

You need to make sure the Bluetooth devices nearby you such as speakers, mouse, mic, or any other are turned off.

Turning off these devices will result in zero interference of Bluetooth signals between your PS5 and controller.

This solution should fix the PS5 controller blinking or PS5 remote flashing blue issue.

If the PS5 controller keeps flashing blue then you need to reset your controller

Solution 3: Reset Your Unresponsive PS5 DualSense Controller

Mostly due to malfunctioning of the controller, you get PS5 controller blue light. And resetting has been helpful to many users.

  1. Turn off your PS5 console. 
  2. Locate the small reset button on the back of the controller
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  3. Use a small tool to push the button inside the hole. Hold the button down for roughly 3–5 seconds. 
  4. Connect the controller to your PlayStation®5 console using the USB cable that came with your console, and press the PS button.
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Here’s a video guide where we reset the PS5 controller.

Solution 4: Update PS5 Controller Manually

Forgot to update your PS5 Controller during the startup prompt and you don’t want to wait for 24 hours?

No worries, here’s a foolproof workaround to manually update it as there is no manual update option till now in the PS5 settings:

  1. Cut off the internet connection by going to Settings > Network > Settings > Connect to the Internet and toggle it off by pressing X on it.
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  2. Time travel to the future by going to Settings > System > Date and Time.
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  3. Select Set Manually, change the day to the next day and press OK. This will trick your PS5 into thinking a day has passed since the last update reminder.
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  4. Unpair your controller by going to Settings > Accessories > General > Bluetooth Accessories. Select the connected controller and hit delete.
  5. Shut down your PS5 by holding down the power button until you hear 2 beeps till the console turns off as now you can’t use your controller.
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  6. Plug in your controller to the PS5 using the cable that came with the console.PS5 controller
  7. Turn on the PS5 and press the PS button on your controller while it’s still connected to the PS5 via the cable. A prompt to update your controller will show up.
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  8. If you have multiple controllers that need updating, simply turn off the updated controller and switch to the other one, it will automatically prompt you to update the second controller. If it doesn’t, repeat these steps.
  9. Once your controller(s) is updated, you can go back to step 1 and reconnect to the internet.

A video guide for updating controller manually:

Solution 5: Update Your PS5 Firmware

Sony releases new updates regularly to remain up-to-date with upcoming bugs and issues users face

It’s highly recommended to have updated PS5 firmware. You can enable automatic updates and check for them manually as well.

There are 2 ways to update PS5 firmware:

  1. Through USB
    This way you would need to download the update over the internet into a USB which is an inconvenient way than PlayStation updating itself.
  2. Through Internet
    PlayStation searches for an update itself, downloads it, and installs it for you.

By default, automatic updates are enabled, and in case you are not sure, here’s how you can check if there’s a new update available and how to enable automatic updates on PS5 too using PS5 UI.

NOTE: Make sure the PS5 is connected to the internet.

  1. From the PS5 homepage, access Settings from the gear icon in the top right corner.
  2.  Go to System
  3. Click on System Software from the left menu and choose the second option: System Software Update and Settings
  4. From the 2 options, select Update Using Internet.
  5. Now, wait for the system to check for updates and if it’s updating don’t try to turn off your PS5. In this case, the PS5 was already up-to-date.
5 steps to Update Your PS5 Firmware

Your PS5 should be with its latest update by now, and you can try connecting your controller to your console to check if PS5 Controller flashes blue then turns off is fixed.

And if you want a video guide, here’s a quick video to update your PS5:

Solution 6: Contact PS5 Support

If none of the above solutions work for you then there might be a chance that your controller has issues.

You can visit the PlayStation Official Website to get Dualsense repaired and choose the relevant issue which in your case would be according to PS5 controller blinks blue then turns off

PS5 controller support

Make sure you tell all the solutions you have applied to your controller and let them know the issue you are facing. This will help the support agent to identify the main reason for this error. They should reply to you ideally within 24 hours and if you don’t get any reply within 2-3 days, then you might need to make another support ticket.

If you face any issues while trying the solutions, do let us know in the comments section below.


How do I fix an unresponsive PS5 controller?

Here’s what you can do to fix an unresponsive PS5 controller:
1. Try connecting it with a different USB cable.
2. Reset your Controller.

How does PS5 DualSense controller sync or pair with the console?

The PS5 DualSense wireless controller uses Bluetooth version 5.1 to pair with the console and encounter any signal interference problem.

Can you overcharge PS5 controller?

Your PS5 controller will never be overcharged due to the built-in protection chip.

How long does a PS5 controller last?

Your PS5 controller can last up to six hours or sometimes even 12 according to users so, it has the best battery life.


Zul is an avid gamer with a passion for RPG and racing games. He enjoys playing games like Need for Speed and Grand Theft Auto 5 and is also skilled at fixing errors and crashes to enhance the gaming experience. Zul stays up-to-date with the latest gaming news and enjoys sharing his knowledge through writing gaming guides and articles.
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