Turning Off Your PS5 Console, Controller, and Mic: An Ultimate Guide

Hello, gamers! Is your all-new PlayStation 5 (PS5) puzzling you when it comes to switching it off? You’re not alone. Many first-time PlayStation owners, and even those who’ve graduated from PS3 or PS4, may find the process of turning off their PS5 a tad confusing. Don’t fret! This article will walk you through the steps of safely turning off your PS5, the DualSense controller, and even the microphone. So, let’s get started!


Turning Off the PS5 With a Controller

Did you know there are two “off” states for your PS5? Yes, you can either completely shut down your PS5 or put it in rest mode. While the former end all activity, the latter still allows your PS5 to download patches, install games, or charge any connected controllers, albeit drawing a bit of power. Here’s how you can turn off your PS5 without leaving your cozy gaming spot:

Using the Control Center Menu

Time needed: 5 minutes

Remember to save any game progress before shutting down your console to avoid losing any data. Similarly, the process of turning off the console is given below.

  1. Locate the PlayStation Logo Button:

    To begin with, locate the PlayStation Logo Button. This button is located in the middle of your DualSense controller. It’s marked with the iconic PlayStation logo.

  2. Press the PlayStation Logo Button:

    With a gentle press, you can activate the Control Center Menu. When you press the button, your TV screen should change, displaying the PS5 Control Center Menu. This menu is presented as a series of icons across the bottom of the screen, each representing a different setting or feature.

  3. Find and Press the Power Button:

    Within the Control Center Menu, look for the Power button. This is represented by an icon that looks like a circle with a line cutting into its top edge. Press the X button on your controller to select it.

  4. Navigate the Power Options

    Similarly, upon selecting the Power button, a new menu will pop up, giving you three options – Enter Rest Mode, Turn Off PS5, and Restart PS5.

  5. Select “Turn Off PS5”

    Lastly, use your controller’s joystick to move down the list of options and highlight “Turn Off PS5.” Once it’s highlighted, press the X button on your controller to select this option. This will initiate the shutdown process of your PS5 console.

Remember, the console will power down, but not immediately. You’ll see a message, “Preparing to turn off your PS5…” – a heads up not to unplug the AC power cord while the PS5 power indicator is blinking.

Turning Off the PS5 Without a Controller

To turn off the PS5 directly from the console, you have to hit the physical power button. Although it requires you to be near the console, it’s a simple and straightforward method. Here’s how:

  1. Find the Power button on the black bar in the middle of the PS5 console. If you have the Disk version, it’s on the left. If your console is vertical, it’s at the bottom.
  2. Press and hold the Power button until you hear two beeps. Releasing it after the first beep will put your console into rest mode. Two beeps will shut down the PS5 altogether.

Like before, the PS5 will show a warning not to unplug it while the power button is still blinking.

Turning Off the PS5 Controller

If you want to save battery life while downloading a game, turning off the DualSense controller is a good idea. This process is slightly different than the previous PlayStation generations. Here’s how:

Using the Control Center

  1. On your DualSense pad, press the PlayStation logo button.
  2. Navigate to the bottom row of the PS5 menu and find the Accessories option.
  3. Click on it, and select “Turn Off.”

Setting an Automatic Turn Off

You can set the DualSense pad to shut down automatically when it’s inactive for a certain time:

  1. Open your PS5 settings.
  2. Choose System, then navigate to Power Saving.
  3. In the “Set Time Until Controllers Turn Off” section, choose when your controller shuts off due to inactivity (10, 30, or 60 minutes).

Turning Off the PS5 Controller Mic

The DualSense controller has a built-in high-quality mic that is open by default. However, you might not want it to pick up everything you say during an online multiplayer game. Here’s how to mute it:

Via the Controller

Press the horizontal mute button in the center of your controller, just under the PlayStation logo. When the mic is muted, the button will blink orange.

Via the Control Center

  1. Press the PlayStation logo button on your controller.
  2. Click on the microphone icon in the Control Center.

Via the Settings Menu

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu.
  2. Go to the Sound section and select Microphone.
  3. Under “Microphone Status When Logged in,” change from On to Mute.

With these steps, your co-players won’t overhear your conversations or background noises.

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Can You Turn Off the PS5 From the App?

Yes, you can! To do this:
1. Enable remote play on your PS5 under Settings > System > Remote Play.
2. Connect your PS5 to your smartphone.
3. Set the PS5 in Rest mode.
4. Start the Remote Play app on your phone and sign in with your PS5 account.
Note: Ensure your PS5 and mobile device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Is It Safe to Unplug the PS5 While It Is Still On?

No, it’s not safe to unplug your PS5 while it’s on. This could cause you to lose game progress or interrupt downloads or updates. Always make sure your PS5 is completely turned off before unplugging it.

In conclusion, turning off your PS5, whether directly or via the controller, shouldn’t be a hassle anymore. And for those situations when you need to save the battery life on your DualSense controller, you know how to turn it off too.

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Happy gaming!

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