How to disable the PS5 controller?

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The PS5 DuelSense controller is a marvel of gaming engineering, combining new features such as haptic feedback and a built-in microphone with traditional elements such as turning on the console remotely. But for all its innovative features, there are just as many ways to disable the controller. Here’s how to turn off the PS5 controller to save battery during a break.

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To disable the PS5 controller, select Accessories in the Control Center and then select Disable under Wireless controller.


How to disable the PS5 controller in the settings menu

The fastest way to disable the PS5 controller is through the Control Center. Press the PlayStation (PS) button in the center of your controller between the two analog sticks to open it.

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Then scroll to the Accessories menu and press X on your controller to select it. It’s the icon with a gamepad and battery meter.

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You’ll see a list of all the accessories currently connected to the PS5. The DualSense appears as a wireless controller. Press X again to select it, then choose Power off to put it to sleep.

How to turn off the PS5 controller without the console

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You may need to turn off your controller if you don’t have a PS5 console, such as when gaming on a PC. In those cases, just press and hold the PS button on the controller for at least 10 to 15 seconds. After that, you should see the lights next to the touchpad go out.

Set the PS5 controller to turn off when not in use

A great way to save yourself from constantly charging your controller is to set it to turn off automatically if it hasn’t been used for a while. To do this, navigate to the Settings menu via the gear icon in the top right corner.

Then scroll down to select System.

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From there, scroll down to select Power Saver.

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Here you can choose how long it takes for your controller to return. Select Set time until controller turns off, then select 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes, depending on how long it takes you to snack.

How to disable the microphone on a PS5 controller

You can mute your microphone if you don’t want others to hear you while playing online multiplayer games. The fastest way to do this is to press the Mute button on the DuelSense controller. The button is located directly below the PS button and turns orange to indicate that the microphone is turned off. As an extra confirmation, you will also see a mute icon appear in the top right corner of your screen.

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You can also tap the PS button to access the Control Center and then press the X on the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen. There you can enable the Mute option.

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To unmute the PS5 controller’s microphone, tap the Mute button again so that the light turns off, or select the microphone icon in the Control Center and press the Mute prompt again.

Read more: PS5 Buyer’s Guide: Everything you need to know about Sony’s PlayStation 5

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my PS5 controller keep turning off?

In most cases, your DuelSense controller keeps shutting down due to your power saving settings. Navigate to Settings-> Power Saver and select Set time until controller turns off to adjust the time it takes for your controller to turn off automatically when not in use, or select Don’t turn off to keep it on all the time.

How long is the battery life of the PS5 controller?

Depending on how demanding a game is on the DuelSense features, the battery life lasts from three to eight hours.


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