how to factory reset ps4 without controller

In this post, you will learn how to factory reset PS4 without controller in several different ways and possibly prevent any conflicts that you may stumble upon during the process.

If your PlayStation suddenly started to behave weird, and it does not seem to recognize your controller anymore, you most certainly need to initialize it.

Keep reading to reveal how to do it and how to avoid any unnecessary complications.

You can reset your PS4 without a controller in several different ways. Some of them include connecting a keyboard or downloading the dedicated PS4 application, and they are guaranteed to help you factory reset your PlayStation.

We have prepared all possible methods and added many recommendations and tips to ensure flawless operation without difficulties.

Tip: Do not try to reset the PS4 via Safe Mode as you will not be able to access it unless you connect Dualshock 4 controller.

How Do I Reset My PS4 Without A Controller?

Here we will introduce the easiest ways to restart your PS4 without a controller including external hardware equipment, wireless devices, and software apps.

Prepare your smartphone as you most certainly will need it to access the dedicated AppStore.

You should be aware that there is a wide range of issues that could appear during the process and by following our recommendations, hopefully, you will not encounter any of them.

Without further ado let’s start with the most convenient way.

How to Factory Reset PS4 Without Controller with External Equipment

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Connect an External Keyboard

We all know that everyone has an old keyboard somewhere in their house without any particular use except for collecting dust.

Well, now it’s time to go and get it in order to reset your PlayStation without a controller. The only thing to ensure here is that your keyboard input cable has a USB type A connector.

You can also use a wireless keyboard if it is a common model which Sony supports.

Some foreign wireless keyboards may not work with the PS4, and if you don’t have a suitable keyboard to perform the factory reset with, move on to our next method.

Connect an External Mouse

You’ve probably guessed by now, but you can also connect and use an external mouse to factory reset your PS4.

The same as with the keyboard, you need a USB type A to establish a connection and then select on which profile you would like to connect the mouse with.

How to Factory Reset PS4 Without Controller Using Software Apps

Download the PS4 Application

The PlayStation Application is available to Android and iOS for free. As long as your PS4 has a connection to your local network, the only thing left to do is to connect your app as well.

This way the application will connect to your PS4 and will be able to interact with it, as you have a real controller.

It is important to ensure that the local network you have is up and running, otherwise, the application won’t be able to execute commands.

If you are concerned that your network is not quite good at the moment, rebooting your router can resolve any present issues.

Important: Ensure that both, the PS4 and smartphone (with the PS4 app), are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

We mention this because some routers could have more than one network, which could be an issue when pairing the application.

Download the Remote Play App

Again, available for Android and iOS, in the app store you will find a PS Remote Play Application, which can be used as a controller.

Everything that we have described above regarding the PS4 application also applies here.

How to Factory Reset PS4 Without Controller Using Bluetooth Equipment

Using Bluetooth equipment is only possible if you have access to your PS4 settings.

In case you have trouble factory resetting your PS4 from the mobile application, it can be really helpful as you have no other way to navigate through the PS4 menu.

Prepare your Bluetooth mouse or keyboard and navigate in the PS4 Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices (through the mobile app), and then wait for the system to scan.

Once the scan is complete the PS4 will recognize your Bluetooth devices and then you will be able to connect them.

When the Bluetooth devices are linked you can easily factory restore your PS4 and if you have difficulties doing so, next we are going to discuss how to perform initialization.

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How Do I Reset My PS4 Without Controller Step-By-Step?

If you are here, we can assume that you have managed to connect an input to your PS4 and the tutorial above applies to all PlayStation models.

Regardless if you are using the mobile app or you have connected an external keyboard, you might need guidance on how to process the initialization.


Before you continue, be aware that a factory reset will wipe everything from the hard drive permanently so you should create a backup if there is important data.

To restore your PS4 to default factory settings follow the steps below:

  • Sign in to your PlayStation Account and navigate to the menu. You can easily sign in to your PlayStation account through the PS4 application
  • Scroll down until you find the Initialization Option in the settings
  • Select Initialization and confirm in order to proceed

At this point, your PlayStation will start the factory reset and, in a few minutes, and possibly several restarts your PS4 should be ready.

If you have accidentally entered the Safe Mode and you are unable to go back, next we will discuss how to navigate back to the user interface.

How to Factory Reset a PS4 Without Controller If in Safe Mode?

Unfortunately, this is not possible and if you have booted the PS4 in Safe Mode and there is no Dualshock 4 controller available, this is a dead-end.

You cannot navigate through the Safe Mode Menu without a controller so you will have to find your way out.

To exit the Safe Mode, simply Press and Hold the PS4 Power Button until you hear two beep sounds.

The machine will restart and shortly after boot the user interface, where you will be able to initialize the system without a controller.

If the PS4 continues to boot in Safe Mode even after you have held the button until the two beep sound, disconnect it from the power supply and wait for at least 3 minutes.

Then plug it back in and press the Power Button once.

Bottom Line

In this post, we went through how to reset a PS4 without controller inquiry that many of you have.

Don’t forget that you can always get a cheap replica of a Dualshock 4 that might not be suitable for games, but it is guaranteed to get basic operations done without an issue.

We hope our methods were able to help you factory reset your PS4 and jump right into the action and if you are experiencing other technical difficulties you may find the solution in our blog.

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