3 Ways to Turn Off PS4 (Controller, Button, and Auto)

You should turn off your PS4 whenever you’re done playing. This not only saves power, but also helps you to prolong the life of your panel. PlayStation has made it easy for you to turn off your PS4 in a variety of ways

The easiest way is to use your controller to get into the main menu and turn off the PS4 from there. But sometimes, you may not have your controller or it runs out of battery. So there are also ways you can turn off the control panel without it, as well as set it to turn off automatically if you forget to turn it off.

Use your controller to turn off your PS4

Make sure you’re on the PS4 home screen. You can press the PlayStation button at any time in any game or app to return to the home screen.

  1. Press up on the controller D-pad To go in Function screen.
  1. Scroll all the way to the right. Option Power > Energy options.
  1. Option Turn off PS4.

There is also another option here to get your PS4 in Resting modeThis will allow the console to charge the controller, resume downloads, and other functions while maintaining power.

Another way to easily turn off your PS4 with a controller is with the PlaySstation button:

  1. Press and hold the controller’s PlayStation button until Quick Menu appear.
  1. Option Turn off PS4.

Use the control panel’s power button to turn it off

If you don’t have access to your controller for whatever reason but still want to shut down your console or put it to sleep, there’s still a way to do it. Depending on the model of PS4 you own, you’ll find the Power button somewhere else.

On the original PS4, it will be centered on the front of the console. On PS4 Pro, you’ll find it at the bottom left. And on the PS4 Slim, you’ll see it near the left, next to the eject button.

To turn off the PS4, press and hold the power button for about 7 seconds until you hear the beep twice. You should see a white light before the control panel turns off completely.

To put the PS4 into Sleep Mode, press and hold the button until you hear a beep. An orange light will come on to indicate that the control panel is in Sleep Mode.

Use Auto Shutdown on PS4

A great option to save power with your PS4 console is to enable the auto-shutdown feature. You can change the shutdown timer so that it turns off at different times depending on the type of activity you’re doing.

To set your auto-off settings:

  1. Go to your PS4’s home screen. Press up D-pad, scroll right and enter Setting.
  1. Go Power Saving Settings > Set Time Until PS4 Turns Off.

You can then choose to set different times for either General (App) or Media playback. The first option will use the timer when you are playing a game or other application, and the second option will set the timer when you are streaming media, such as on Netflix.

You can choose from 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 hours of idle time before the PS4 turns itself off. You can also choose to turn off in 20 minutes or just Don’t turn off give General (App) right to buy.

In Energy saving settings, you can also choose how much idle time you want before your controller shuts down. You can change this in Set the time until the controller turns off. You can choose from 10, 30 or 60 minutes or No off.

Fix shutdown with PS4 Safe Mode

If you want troubleshoot your PS4 for any reason, such as your screen freezing and your controller not working, you might want to try and type Safe mode. You will first have to force your PS4 to shut down by unplugging the console. This is not the recommended method to turn it off, but if your PS4 isn’t working properly, it can help fix the problem.

Also make sure your controller is connected via USB to allow you to control your PS4.

To boot in Safe Mode:

  1. Once the PS4 is completely off, plug the console back in and press and hold the power button for 7 seconds, until you hear two beeps.
  1. PS4 will boot in Safe Mode. From here, you will have many options to reconfigure and restart the control panel.

Option Restart will just try to restart the console, which can be helpful if you weren’t able to shut it down before.

Change resolution will make your PS4 restart at a different resolution to help speed it up to fix any issues you may have.

System software update will allow you to update the control panel if necessary, which can help fix problems with outdated software. You can avoid this with automatic updates.

Restore default settings will bring your PS4 back to its factory settings while keeping the data you have stored. But always back up your PS4 data to the cloud to avoid loss.

Rebuild the database will restructure the PS4’s drive so it can fix the problem.

Initialize PS4 will erase all your data and return it to factory settings.

Go through this list from the first option to the last to see what fixes the problem with your console. Each choice is an increasingly drastic fix from the first to the last.

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