Even though the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller is pretty awesome, and I really like the new Create button, your old DualShock 4 isn’t useless. In fact, you can easily use the PS4 controller with your PS5 to play PS4 titles on your new console. That’s pretty good, but sometimes you might find that your PlayStation 4 DualShock controller isn’t connecting to your PS5. If this also happens to you, there is a very simple solution. Here’s how to fix PS4 controller not connecting to PlayStation 5.

Problems connecting PS4 controller with PS5 (Solved)

Even though I play a lot of new PS5 titles, some of the games I like to play with friends are made for the PS4. Things like Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat, and Cricket 19 are all PS4 games. This means I can easily connect a PS4 controller to the PS5 and use it to play local PlayStation multiplayer games with friends. Moreover, you can install PS4 games on an external hard drive on PS5, which is great for saving storage.

However, recently I ran into an issue where the PS4 DualShock just wouldn’t connect to my PS5. Pressing the PS button simply causes the white light strip to flash for a moment before the controller turns off again. I tried charging it and using a USB cable to connect it to the PS5, but to no avail.

In this article, I will tell you how to fix this problem easily, so read on.

Fix PS4 controller not connecting to PlayStation 5

If your old DualShock 4 won’t connect to your PS5, here’s what you should do.

  • When your PS4 controller is off, press the PS button and the “Share” button until the light bar flashes white. This puts the DualShock 4 into pairing mode and is basically how you connect the PS4 controller with Android, iPhone and other devices.
  • On your PS5, go to Settings -> Accessories.
  • In the General tab, navigate to “Bluetooth Accessories”.
  • You will see “Wireless Controller” in the “Accessories Found” section. Simply select it to pair the controller with your PlayStation 5.

You can now select the user who uses the DualShock 4 controller and start playing local multiplayer games on your PlayStation 5 without two PS5 controllers.

What games support PS4 controller on PS5

Since the new DualSense controller is miles ahead of the PS4 DualShock controller, you cannot play PS5 games with the old PS4 controller. However, every PS4 game you have installed on your PS5 can be played with the PS4 controller without any problem.

Connect PS4 controller to PS5 and play local multiplayer games

Most of the time, you can easily connect the DualShock 4 to the PlayStation 5 and play your favorite games hassle-free. However, sometimes things mess up a bit, making it difficult to pair the controller with your console.

Now that you know how to fix this seemingly tiny, but really annoying problem, get started and play all your favorite PlayStation 4 games in local multiplayer mode with your friends. Also, if you keep the old PS4, click the link to find out how you can use PS5 remote play to play games on your PS4.