Pairing your PS5 controller with your PS5 is easy, whether it’s a new controller or the original one you got when you first bought your new console.
There is no way to connect the controller wirelessly via Bluetooth for the first time. Instead, you must use a USB Type-A to Type-C cable to physically connect your controller to your PS5. Thankfully, Sony includes this cable in the original PS5 box when you first buy it!
After you’ve paired the controller with your PS5 using a wired connection, you can easily connect the next time wirelessly.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- A PS5 controller
- A USB Type-A to Type-C cable
How To Pair and Connect a PS5 Controller
- Turn on your PS5.
- Insert the USB Type-A side of the charging cable into a USB port on the PS5
- Locate the USB Type-C port at the back of the controller.
- Now insert the Type-C end in the port.
- A yellow light will flash, which means the controller is connected to the PS5.
- The console will automatically detect the controller. If not, press the PS button on the controller.
- A notification on the top right side of the screen displays a small controller icon and the remaining battery charge.
- You can now remove the USB cable from the controller. The controller is now paired and connected to your PS5!
Check Controller Status and Settings
- Press the PS button on the controller to access the dashboard
- Navigate to the Accessories icon
- Press X to see accessories connected to the console. In this case, it is just the controller. This allows you to check the battery levels.
- Press X again on the controller to change controller settings
Next time, you won’t need to pair it again using the USB cable. Simply press the PS button on your controller, and both the console and controller will turn on, ready to be used!