How to Fix It When a PS5 Controller Won't Charge

Get back in the game with these troubleshooting tips

If a PS5 controller won't charge, it's usually because of issues with the charging cable, the controller, or the PS5 console itself. It can also mean there's an intermittent fault, so the controller sometimes charges or simply only holds a charge for a brief time.

It's important to narrow down where the issue lies. 

What Causes a PlayStation 5 Controller to Not Charge?

When a PlayStation 5 controller refuses to charge, it's usually the charging cable that's the issue. However, it can also be a problem with the connection between the cable and the controller, or even an issue with the connection between the PlayStation 5 console and your controller. There are also known issues with the PS5 controller not charging while the console is in rest mode. Most of these problems can usually be fixed at home, but in certain cases, a controller will need Sony's professional repairs or even be beyond fixing. 

Here are the most common issues you'll run into with a PS5 controller that won't charge:

  • Charging cable. If your PS5 controller doesn't charge via the charging cable, it may be an issue with the cable. You won't necessarily tell just by looking at it, as the issue may be with the internal wiring. 
  • Batteries. The PS5 controller has an internal battery that can't be removed. If the battery has gone bad and can no longer charge or maintain a charge, it may need to be repaired.
  • Cable connection. There may be an issue with the connection between the cable and the controller, such as with the controller's port having an issue. It means no power can be transmitted between the two devices. 
  • Console issue. The connection between the console and the cable may be at fault here with an issue with the port or the console's internal connections. 
  • Firmware. If a firmware update has been interrupted or corrupted, the controller may fail to charge correctly in the future. 
  • Internal faults. Some controllers can fail due to an internal component breaking or wearing out. This is especially true if the device has been dropped, immersed in water, or mishandled in some other way. 

How to Fix It When a PS5 Controller Won't Charge

If your PlayStation 5 controller won't charge, try these troubleshooting tips to get it back up and running:

  1. Check the charging cable. The PS5 controller has an internal battery, so you're reliant on the charging cable. Check that the charging cable works with other devices. It's a typical USB charging cable, so you should be able to test it with something like your smartphone or speaker to check that the cable is working. Alternatively, try it with a different PS5 controller if you have one available to you. 

  2. Plug the cable into a different USB port. If the charging cable doesn't work via your usual USB port, try a different one. On the PS5, there have been issues with charging controllers in rest mode using the front USB Type-A port. Try using one of the rear ports or even your PC or a USB hub to test it.

    Tip:

    USB hubs aren't always the most reliable option so use this as a last resort. Vice versa, if you've tried charging via a USB hub, use a dedicated port instead.

  3. Check the port contacts. Check the charging cable end as well as the port on your PS5 controller and your console's connections. Look for anything that could be blocking the connection or damaging it in some way. Gently brush any lint or dust out of the way. 

    Tip:

    A can of compressed air can help, providing you use it carefully and appropriately.

  4. Charge your controller on a charging station. If you own a PS5 charging station, try charging your controller on that instead. It should be more reliable than a cable that can be damaged quite easily.

  5. Update your controller firmware. If your PS5 controller can connect to your console when plugged in, start your console and check for a firmware update. This will appear automatically when you boot up the console. 

  6. Check if the issue is with charging or not. Does the controller work when plugged in but not wirelessly? The issue could be with the controller's battery and its ability to hold a charge, rather than the cable. 

  7. Contact PlayStation customer support If your controller is still under warranty, PlayStation customer support may be able to help you get it fixed. If it isn't, they can advise you on any other repair options and help you decide what to do next.

    Tip:

    Sony has a dedicated PlayStation Fix & Replace service for these kind of issues.

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