How to pair a DualSense controller back to your PlayStation 5

In this video we take a look at how you wirelessly pair your PlayStation DualSense controller back to your PlayStation 5. Typically you would use these techniques, if you have been using your DualSense controller with other devices.

Notes: We recommend that when trying to pair your controller to your PS5, the battery in your controller still has some charge. So if the battery has been completely depleted, leave the controller plugged into your PS5 for five minutes before attempting to pair.

Quick reference notes:

  • Power on your PlayStation 5 console
  • Connect your controller to your PS5 using a USB type C cable.
  • Press the PS button to pair the controller to your console.

Notes: Not all USB type C cables are equal. Some are able to transfer data and charge while others are only able to charge a device. As its very difficult to tell if a USB type C cable can charge and transfer data, we recommend that once you find a cable that works with your PS5 and your controller, you always use that cable.

If this method does not work, try the following:

  • With your PS5 still powered on and your controller connected to it via a USB type C cable
  • Locate the Create and PS buttons on your controller
  • Hold down the Create and PS buttons for roughly 5 seconds, or until the status lights on the controller start to flash blue. This will have placed your controller into Pair Mode,
  • Now press the PS button on your controller to pair the controller to your PS5

Notes: You may also find it useful to reset your controller before you attempt to pair it with your console.

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