How to Clean a PS4

Open up the console and clean the PS4 fan too

Knowing how to clean a PS4 can come in handy if it stops working properly, or if the fan is too loud. You should also clean your console before selling your PS4 or giving it away.

Instructions in this article apply to the original PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim models.

When to Clean Your PS4

Although the PlayStation 4 is sturdily built, dust can build up inside the console over time. Cleaning your PS4 can help prevent hardware failure due to overheating. If you can hear the PS4 fan running, that's a good sign that it needs to be cleaned. A good cleaning might also help if your PS4 won't connect to Wi-Fi.

You shouldn't have to clean the interior of your PS4 unless you notice performance problems, such as the console running hot or suddenly shutting down. Frequent overheating can cause permanent damage to the PS4 hardware, so you should open up your PS4 and clean the fan as soon as possible.

Opening your PS4 will void the warranty. If you purchased your PS4 within the last year, contact Sony PlayStation customer support to report problems with your console.

PS4 Cleaning Kit

You will need the following items to thoroughly clean your PS4 inside and out:

  • A T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver
  • A small Phillips screwdriver
  • Dry microfiber cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • A soft bristle toothbrush
  • A can of compressed air

When cleaning the exterior of your PS4, use microfibre cloths to avoid damaging the console. To remove grime, you can use cloth and a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol.

Make sure the area where you keep your PS4 remains clean so that the console doesn't collect dust.

How to Clean a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS4 Slim

The images below are of the PS4 Slim model, but you can follow these instructions to clean any PlayStation 4 console:

  1. Make sure your PS4 is turned off and everything is unplugged.

  2. Use the compressed air to clean out the USB ports on the front of the console, the ports on the back, and the vents along the side of the device. Gently use a toothbrush or cotton swabs to remove any remaining debris.

    Hold the can of compressed air upright and six inches away from the console to prevent moisture from getting into the internal components of your PS4.

    The USB port on the front of the PS4 and the vents along the side of the console.
  3. To remove the outer casing, gently lift up under the top cover of the PS4 from the front of the console. Clean off any dust inside the casing with a cloth.

    To open an original PS4 model, you must remove the warranty stickers on the back of the console and use a T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws.

    Lift up under the top cover of the PS4 from the front of the console to remove the outer casing.
  4. Put your finger on the center of the fan to hold it in place, then apply compressed air in short spurts to blow dust out of the fan.

    Do not let the fan spin while blowing air on it. A rotating fan can cause an electrical short.

    Put your finger on the center of the fan to hold it in place
  5. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the black plastic covering near the back end of the console.

    The screws are in different places on the original PS4 model. Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver along with your Phillips screwdriver to remove them all.

    Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the black plastic covering near the back end of the PS4 console.
  6. Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the metal plate under the plastic covering in place.

    T8 screw that hold the metal plate under the plastic covering in place
  7. Unscrew the remaining screws, then lift the plate that covers the fan so that you can clean out the PS4 interior with compressed air and the toothbrush. Insert a cotton swab between the blades of the fan to hold it in place so that it doesn't spin while you clean the other components.

    On the original PS4 model, you must remove the power supply. Gently lift it up and place it aside. Be careful not to disconnect the cable.

    The plate that covers the PS4 fan and interior
  8. Let the interior of the console air-dry for half an hour, then reassemble your PS4.

How to Clean a PS4 Controller

If your controller is behaving finicky, make sure it is properly synced with the PS4. If you're still having problems, try cleaning it.

Disconnect any cables and blow compressed air over the controller. Be sure to get the crevices around the buttons, analog sticks, and ports, then wipe down the face of the controller with a dry microfiber cloth. Use a damp cloth if necessary, but be careful to avoid the charger ports or headphone jack. Allow the controller to dry before plugging anything into the ports.

If cleaning the controller doesn't fix your problems, try resetting your PS4 controller.