How to Pair and Connect a PS5 Controller

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

    USB Type A to Type C cable
    USB Type-A to Type-C cable

How To Pair and Connect a PS5 Controller

  1. Turn on your PS5.
  2. Insert the USB Type-A side of the charging cable into a USB port on the PS5

    USB Type A and C ports at the front of the PS5
    USB Type-A and C ports at the front of the PS5
  3. Locate the USB Type-C port at the back of the controller.

    USB Type C port at the back of the controller
    USB Type C port at the back of the controller
  4. Now insert the Type-C end in the port.

    Insert the Type C side into the Type C port
    Insert the Type C side into the Type-C port
  5. A yellow light will flash, which means the controller is connected to the PS5.

    Yellow breathing light indicates charging and connectivity
    Yellow breathing light indicates charging and connectivity.
  6. The console will automatically detect the controller. If not, press the PS button on the controller.

    The PS button or Home Button is placed here on the controller
    The PS button or Home Button is placed here on the controller
  7. A notification on the top right side of the screen displays a small controller icon and the remaining battery charge.

    Controller icon and battery levels
    Controller icon and battery level.
  8. 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

  1. Press the PS button on the controller to access the dashboard

    The PS button or Home Button is placed here on the controller
    The PS button or Home Button is placed here on the controller.
  2. Navigate to the Accessories icon

    Press the PS button to access the dashboard and see what accessories are connected
    Press the PS button to access the dashboard and see what accessories are connected.
  3. 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.

    Check controller status and battery levels on the dashboard
    Check controller status and battery levels on the dashboard.
  4. Press X again on the controller to change controller settings

    PS5 controller settings screen
    PS5 controller settings screen.

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!

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