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There are two ways to connect a PS4 controller to your PS4 console: using a USB cable or by Bluetooth.

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Using a USB Cable (Wired Connection):

This is the simplest and most reliable way to connect your controller, especially for the first time or if your controller's battery is low.

  1. Turn on your PS4 with the button on the console itself.
  2. Get a USB 2.0 cable (most standard USB cables will work).
  3. Plug one end of the cable into a USB port on the PS4.
  4. Plug the other end (micro USB) into the port on the top of your PS4 controller.
  5. Press the round PlayStation button in the middle of your controller. The light bar on the controller will light up in blue or another color depending on your player profile.
  6. You might need to select your user profile on the screen.

Using Bluetooth (Wireless Connection):

This method is useful if your controller is already charged and you prefer a cable-free experience.

  1. Turn on your PS4 with the button on the console.
  2. Press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller for a few seconds. The light bar will start blinking white.
  3. Go to Settings on your PlayStation.
  4. Select Devices and then Bluetooth devices.
  5. You should see your controller listed under Available Devices. Select it.
  6. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process
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