I'm trying to figure out if its possible to turn off the PS4 controller without turning off the system because it pretty much stays on the whole time I'm not gaming and obviously drains the battery pretty quickly.

On the PS3 there was always an option to turn off the controller itself so I'm wondering if I'm missing something. Anyone know if this is possible?

  • Hold PS button
  • Go to adjust devices
  • Select turn off device
  • Pick dualshock 4.
  • there you go! lol, i wouldve never found it!. thanks – somdow Nov 16 '13 at 22:56
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    No probblem! Glad to help – Carig Pennington Nov 20 '13 at 8:08
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    Amazing. Reminds me of Windows 8 and the hidden Power Off button. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Nov 16 '15 at 22:57
  • Yeah, not under "power" where you would naturally look... – Kip Mar 28 '18 at 3:27

To turn it off manually, you can hold the PS button for 10 seconds. Good for if your screen is off, if it's indefinitely stuck in searching mode, or if you're using it with PC.

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    thanks. after you pair your device with windows this is how i turn off my controller when not using it. – protoss1210 Dec 4 '15 at 3:53
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    This is much easier than going through all the menus. – Wayne Conrad Sep 2 '18 at 3:19
  • This is the correct answer and should have been chosen as the best. – GroggyOtter Apr 15 '19 at 16:39
  • is there a faster way to do this for PC? 10 seconds is a long time when Im in a workflow or trying to get out the door. – Kalamalka Kid Dec 12 '20 at 3:38

To have it turn off automatically after not being used for a while:

  1. choose the settings option from the menu on the top of the main screen (far right, next to the power symbol, toolbox icon)
  2. scroll down and choose 'Power Save Settings'
  3. choose 'Turn Off DUALSHOCK 4 Automatically'
  4. select 10, 30, or 60 minutes as the idle time before the controller is turned off automatically (selecting off will return it to always-on)

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