Why my PS4 won’t turn on? – A quick fix guide

Imagine getting off from a tiring day at work. You’ve changed your clothes, you’ve taken a bath, and you’ve just sat on your couch. But you notice your PS4 won’t turn on. You get this feeling of annoyance that runs through your whole body until you burst out.

And you scream out of anger: “Why, why does this have to happen to me!!”

my ps4 won't turn on!
Why won’t my PS4 turn on!!

Hold your horses’ folks! It’s not too late! Most likely, it’s just a minor problem; if so, we can fix that! You see PS4’s are like people too, they wear out, they need rest, and they need love! If you use your PS4 24/7 without any rest, then surely your it will die out. It needs to rest.

Note: if it is a hardware problem, then we can’t help you there, and you’ll have to call a technician. But if it’s within the limits of our capacities, then we’re here for you, and we’ll do everything we can to get your PS4 running again in no time?

We’ve listed down ways on how you can fix your PS4. Here are a couple of quick fixes that you could try to alleviate this terrible gaming dilemma that you have.


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PS4 Won’t turn on? Here’s how to fix

  1. Check the power supply and power cable
  2. Clean your PS4
  3. Power cycle your PS4 and restart in Safe Mode

Method 1: Check the power supply and power cable

Check if the Power Supply Cable connects properly to the PS4 unit. This fix may be obvious and a little too simple, but it happens, and it’s a common problem for many PS4 owners.

This problem happened to me once before, and it was the last thing I checked. I didn’t notice that it was the problem because I never got anywhere near that part of the Playstation.

Step 1: Disconnect your PS4 from the Power Supply Unit

PS4 won't turn on because of the power supply unit
Check the port for dust and dirt then reconnect the power cord

The power cord might not be connected properly. Also, there might be dust particles or perhaps even the occasional insect inside the port that hinders the power from surging properly.

Disconnect your PS4 from the Power Supply Unit and clean everything in between, make sure that there isn’t any dirt or dust that could potentially stop the PS4 from working correctly.

After doing this move on to the next step

Step 2: Wait for 30 seconds after unplugging the console

Your PS4 won't turn on? Disconnect PSU for 30 seconds then connect it again
Leave it be for 30 seconds!

By unplugging the system for 30 seconds, you’re allowing the PS4 to reset itself. This could potentially fix any software malfunction or bugs that prevent your PS4 from turning on.

Step 3: Plug in the power cable and restart

After 30 seconds, plug your console back in and check if your Playstation will turn on.

If it still doesn’t turn on, let’s move on to the next method and try Power Cycling your PS4.

Method 2: Clean your PS4

Another reason why your PS4 won’t turn on is that it’s dirty inside, and maybe it’s about time for you to clean up your PlayStation.

Maybe the vents are too dirty, and because of that, your PS4 overheats. It could be messier if you have pets inside your house, as their fur could enter through the ducts.

I learned this the hard way with my PS3, and I had to open it up just to clean out all of the gunk that stored up because I never had the time to clean it up.

Step 1: Clean the air ducts of your PS4

PS4 won't turn on? Try cleaning the air ducts
Clean the exhaust of your PS4

Make sure the PS4 is not connected to the power supply. Blow through the air ducts or try using a paperclip to clear accumulated dirt on the vents, but be careful not to hit any of the PS4’s hardware.

Use a rag to clean your PS4 and clean the place where you place your PS4

Step 2: Open the top plate of your PS4

If your PS4 won't turn on, try cleaning under your top plate
Remove the top plate and clean your PS4

For the removal of the top plate, refer to this video:

After removing the top plate, dust off the accumulated dirt, if there is any and clean the PS4’s hard disk. Again, ensure that the PS4 power cable is unplugged before you do this as it may create even more problems for you.

After cleaning the top plate of your PS4, assemble everything back together, including the hard drive and top plate.

Plug in the power cable and put everything back together and turn on your PS4. If it still doesn’t light up after you’ve ensured your power cable connections, you may have a hardware problem; and your PS4 might need servicing.

If it lights up, but it doesn’t turn on entirely. Continue to the next step.

Method 3: Power cycle your PS4 and restart in safe mode

If the fix above didn’t work for you, let’s power cycle your PS4. Power cycling the PS4 is helpful, and it can be done when you’re having performance issues with your consoles, such as frame rate drops or lags.

Power cycling could also be done to try and reset your console. If your PlayStation lights up but doesn’t turn on, try this. After power cycling your PS4, we can try rebuilding the database in safe mode. (If safe mode is accessible)

Follow the steps below and try to use this method to fix your PS4.

Step 1: Make sure the plugs are connected properly

Ps4 won't turn on without properly connecting the PSU
Connect the power cord and the HDMI

Properly connect the plugs to its sockets and make sure that everything is connected correctly. Ensure that the PS4 does light up, otherwise proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Hold down the power button

ps4 won't turn on? try power cycling
Hold down the power button until the flashing stops

After ensuring that everything is connected correctly, hold down the power button. It should light up and flash. Hold down the power button until your PS4 stops flashing.

When the power button stops flashing, leave it alone for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: Leave your PlayStation alone

Find something else to do for the next 30 minutes. Also, another vital thing to note is that if your PS4 does light up, but only shows a blue light for a few minutes and then turns off, it might have the BLoD.

If your PS4 has the BLoD, then I’m afraid there is nothing more we can do for you. Your PS4 has hardware problems such as solder joints that have corroded. Or possible faulty internal hardware.

You can have your PS4 serviced, although as usual, it will take a little bit of time, as well as a lot of money. But if it does turn on although it doesn’t continue to boot up, boot it up on safe mode and rebuild your database.

Step 4: Open in safe mode and rebuild your PS4 database

Ps4 won't turn on? rebuild the database in safe mode
Hold down the power button until the end of the second beep

After power cycling your PS4, open it on safe mode. Plugin your Dualshock 4 controller to your PS4. Hold down the power button until the end of the second beep and then release it.

Your PS4 should enter safe mode, and it should look like this.

ps4 won't turn on? try opening it through safe mode
PS4’s Safe Mode

In the Safe Mode, choose “Rebuild Database” and wait for the process to finish. Restart your PlayStation and check to see if rebuilding the database worked for you.

If it didn’t work, a last course of action that I would suggest would be percussive maintenance, but please do proceed with caution.

Method 4: Get your PS4 serviced

If you’ve tried all of the steps above without success, then I’m sorry to say this but your PS4 has hardware problems. It’s possible that your PS4 has faulty hardware components, and the problem is not in the software itself. If so, contact Sony customer support for servicing.

If your PlayStation still has a warranty, you can return it to the vendor and have them ship out the console for servicing.

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My PS4 beeps, but it doesn’t turn on?

If this happens to you, then it may mean that the console isn’t receiving enough airflow and that your PS4 may be overheating. If your PS4 is located in a crowded area, remove it and place it somewhere where nothing could block the consoles’ airflow.
Otherwise, you may have to get your PS4 checked for maintenance.

What is the Blue Light of Death (BLoD)?

It’s a problem encountered by almost all units of the Ps4 (Original and Slim Versions). It’s a persistent blue light that appears on your console when you turn it on. It’s caused by hardware problems such as faulty or damaged solder joints on the PS4’s motherboard.

How do I access the PS4’s safe mode?

To access PS4’s Safe Mode, press and hold the power button of the PS4 until you hear 2 beeps. After the second beep, release the power button.

How do I force start my PS4?

To force start your PS4, press the power button as you normally would. The power button will blink a couple of times before it powers down. Next, press and hold the power button until you hear the second beep. The PS4 will boot and force start in Safe Mode.

What does the blue light of death mean in PS4?

The blue light in PS4 indicates it isn’t powered on which is usually indicated by a solid white light. The audio and video output may not appear in your big screen. The problem generally occurs due to a bad power cable. Press and hold the the power button until the PS4 beeps twice. Check if the problem persists by restarting the console. Replace the power cable if the problem persists.

How much is a PS4 right now?

A brand new Playstation 4 with a single controller, 500GB hard disc, and wires costs $299 on average. Your secondhand console would likely sell for roughly $120.00 to $230.00 right now, depending on the model and condition.

What happens when your PS4 dies?

If the internal clock battery in your PS4 system expires, it could become utterly worthless in the future. You won’t be able to play any PS4 games on it, whether they’re digital or physical versions.

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Love your gadgets!

Remember to love your gadgets like it’s a part of you! It won’t hurt if you try, right? But it will help significantly if you did! These devices break apart too, and we don’t want our hard-earned money go to waste, right?

Yes, the PS4’s are sturdy devices and can withstand a beating more than the PS3 could, but still. It wears out. It gets damaged.

Again, we should take care of the things we have; otherwise, there’d come a time in which we can’t enjoy it anymore.

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