How To Quickly Reset/Factory Reset PS4 Without Controller?

If you’re having trouble resetting your PlayStation 4, don’t worry – you can do it without a controller! This guide will show you how to quickly and easily reset your PS4 using just the console itself.

So if your controller is broken, or you just don’t have one on your hands, don’t fret – follow these simple steps, and you’ll be gaming again in no time.

The Equipment You Need

First, we will give you an option on how to restart your PS4 without the controller that require no additional equipment whatsoever.

But if those methods don’t work for you, you will need to get a few easy-to-find things that you probably already have at home:

A mouse/keyboard. We will need them to navigate through the PS4 menu instead of the controller.

You need to make sure that your mouse/keyboard  has a USB A type of connector. If they are not compatible with your PS4, you can always get a USB A adapter.

The wireless models will also work, but you will need to make sure they are compatible with your Sony PS4 console.

You will need to connect them first using the mobile app mentioned below. Go to your PS4 Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices, scan for new devices and connect your wireless keyboard or mouse.

Download a PS4 App/PS Remote Play App. If you don’t have a mouse or a keyboard, you can simply download an app on your smartphone which will allow you to use your phone as a controller.

If you decide to go down this road, make sure both your smartphone and your PS4 are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Both of these apps can be easily found and downloaded through the Android/iOS play stores.

How to Reset PS4 Without Controller?

As we all know, no matter which PS4 issue brought you to this page, resetting is the best way you can troubleshoot your console.

Here is a super easy way for you to reset your console without any extra equipment needed:

  1. Unplug all the cables connected to your PS4.
  2. Wait for 1 minute.
  3. Plug all the cables back in.

Tip: You can also disconnect your TV from the power source for 1 minute in case you have video or audio-related issues, and the modem/router in case you have WiFi-related issues.

That’s all there is to it! Resetting your PlayStation 4 without a controller is quick and easy, so you can get back to gaming as soon as possible.

But in case a simple reset didn’t help, you can try factory resetting your console.

How to Factory Reset PS4 Without Controller?

Factory reset will delete all user data on PS4, so if you want to keep your data, don’t do it. Just follow the tips from the steps above on how to reset your PS4.

If you don’t mind losing everything, then go ahead and follow these steps:

Using the mouse/keyboard/app, go to Settings > Initialization > Initialize PS4 > Full > Press Yes to confirm the Initialization.

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Once it’s restarted, you can sign in with your normal account credentials and continue playing your games!

This is the most radical step, and we recommend you do it as a matter of last resort.

How to Reset PS4 With No Controller Without Losing Data?

If you want to reset your PS4 without losing any data, then you’ll need to do a reset by unplugging your console from all the cables, including the power one.

This can be done by following the steps above on how to reset your PS4 without a controller.


If you are having trouble resetting your PlayStation 4 and you don’t have a controller, there is still hope.

You can use the buttons on the front of the console to complete this process. We hope this article was helpful and that you are now able to reset your PlayStation 4 without any issues.