Updated November 11 2019

PS4 — connect and pair DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

Find out how to pair and charge a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller with a PS4, and how to change your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller settings.

 
 

PS4 — pair DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

  • Turn on your PS4, connect the controller using a micro USB cable and then press the PS button on the controller. 
  • Once the controller light turns on, you can remove the cable and use the controller wirelessly.

You can use up to 4 controllers at the same time. When you press the PS button, a colour is assigned to the user. 

Computer and mobile — pair DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

You can use your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller away from your PS4. Find out more about compatible devices, applications and feature support:
 
 

Charge DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

When you connect a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to a PS4 system that is turned on or in rest mode, the controller's battery will begin to charge. To check the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller charge level, press and hold the PS button for at least 1 second.

While in rest mode, the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller light bar slowly blinks orange. When charging is complete, the light bar will turn off. It takes approximately 2 hours to charge the controller from flat.

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller charging settings

PS4 systems don't charge controllers when powered off. If you would like your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to charge when you aren't using your PS4 system, change the Power Save Settings and leave your PS4 system in Rest Mode.

  1. Go to [Settings] > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode] > [Supply Power to USB Ports].
  2. Select [Always] or [3 hours].

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller audio settings

If you have headphones plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller and you hear no audio, or the audio from the headphones is very faint, make sure the headphone plug is pushed all the way in. Unplug and then firmly reinsert the headphones.

To route all audio output to headphones:

  1. Go to [Settings] > [Devices] > [Audio Devices].
  2. Select Output to Headphones > [All Audio].
  3. Highlight the Volume Control (Headphones) option and press right to make sure the controller's volume is turned up.

If Output to Headphones is greyed out, that means the headphones are not detected by the controller.

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller vibration settings

If your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller is not vibrating as expected, the controller's vibration function may be turned off. To turn it back on:

  1. Go to [Settings] > [Devices] > [Controllers] > [Enable Vibration].
  2. If the controller still experiences issues, try resetting the controller.  
 
 

What are the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller buttons?

  • DS4 button types

    Front

    A

    Directional buttons

    B

    SHARE button

    C

    Touch pad/Touch pad button the
    touchpad functions when the touch
    pad is pressed.

    D

    Speaker

    E

    OPTIONS button

    F

      button/  button / button /  button

    G

    Right stick/R3 button The R3 button
    functions when the stick is pressed.

    H

    PS button

    I

    Stereo headset jack

    J

    Extension port

    K

    Left stick/L3 button The L3 button
    functions when the stick is pressed.
    Top

    A

    R1 button

    B

    R2 button

    C

    Light bar

    D

    L1 button

    E

    L2 button

    F

    USB port
  • DS4 button functions

    PS button Turn on the PlayStation 4 system (when the PlayStation 4 is turned off or in standby mode). Display the home screen (when the PlayStation 4 is turned on).
    PS button (double press) Switch between applications in use.
    PS button (long press) Close an application, log out, or turn off the PlayStation 4 system. Operations that you can perform are displayed. Available operations vary depending on the application.
    Directional buttons/Left stick Select items.
     button Confirm the selected item.
     button Cancel an operation.
    SHARE button Display the menu for the SHARE feature. For details, see "Using the SHARE button"
    OPTIONS button Display options.
  • DS4 touch pad functions

    Tap Briefly touch the touch pad.
    Double tap Tap twice in rapid succession.
    Drag Drag your finger while touching the touch pad, and then lift your finger.
    Flick Touch the touch pad, and then sharply and quickly move your finger off the touch pad.
    Swipe Quickly slide your finger across the touch pad, sharply moving your finger off the touch pad.
    Touch and hold Touch and do not lift your finger.
    Pinch in and pinch out Place 2 fingers on the touch pad and move them closer together or further apart.
    Click Press the touch pad button.
    Double-click Press the touch pad button twice in rapid succession.