How to Fix PS5 Controller disconnects from pc [Solved]

by Amit Agarwal

How to Fix PS5 Controller disconnects from pc [Solved]

If you are using a ps5 controller and having problems connecting it to your computer, you are not alone. Many people have been experiencing this issue.

When you connect your ps5 Controller to your computer, it usually works fine. But after a few hours, it stops working, or the ps5 Controller disconnects from pc. And it does not work again until you unplug it from the computer.

So what causes this problem? Is it a hardware problem? Or is it software-related? Well, let me explain to you how this problem occurs, and also, In this article, I will guide you on How to Fix the PS5 Controller that Keeps Disconnecting the PC. Also, Read our separate post on How to use PS5 controller on dark souls PC

Why does my PS 5 controller keep disconnecting?

Ps5 controllers are connected to your computer via USB cable. So when you plug it in, it automatically recognizes it and connects it to your computer. After that, it starts downloading the game data.

But sometimes, the connection between the ps5 Controller and the computer gets disconnected. And when this happens, the Controller no longer works.

Now, what causes this problem? It could be either your System hardware or a software problem. For example, if you are using a new ps5 controller, it may not be compatible with your computer.

Or maybe your computer is old and cannot recognize the USB port properly. In this case, it would be a software problem.

However, before you start blaming your computer or your ps5 Controller, try to check if both of them are working correctly.

Also, try to check if your USB ports are working correctly. Sometimes, the USB port on your computer is faulty.

And lastly, try to check if the USB cable is plugged in properly. If it is not plugged incorrectly, it may cause a problem.

So now that you know the possible reasons why your ps5 Controller disconnects, you should be able to fix the problem.

How To Fix PS5 Controller Keeps Disconnecting

If you want to fix this Disconnecting problem, then the first thing you need to do is to identify which part of your system is causing the pain.

For example, if you can’t use your ps5 Controller anymore, but everything else seems to be working fine, it means that your ps5 Controller itself probably causes the problem.

In this case, you should go ahead and replace your ps5 Controller because it has stopped working.

On the other hand, if your ps5 Controller keeps disconnecting while everything else is still working fine, then it is most likely a software problem.

In this case, you should try to update your operating system. Because if there is an update for your operating system, it might solve the problem.

Here are the steps to fix the PS5 Controller keeps disconnecting issue:

1. Reset PS5 Controller

Reset PS5 controller
Reset PS5 controller

Inside the back of the Controller, there is a tiny hole. Push down on the bottom of the hole with a paperclip. Hold it for about five seconds. You should hear a beep, or the light will blink up. Now you know how to reset your gamepad!

Connect the Controller with PS5 in wired mode using the provided USB Type-A cable. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the Controller with PS5. Press the ‘PlayStation button’ on the Controller, and it will pair the Controller. Once paired, remove any USB cables from the Controller.

Try connecting the Controller to the computer wirelessly now. If that doesn’t work, it might be because of the Steam Controller settings.

2. Change Steam Controller settings:

Change Steam Controller settings

You can change the steam settings to force the Controller to stay connected to the PC. First, Open the Steam app and Go to settings > Controller>and General controller settings.

Now Select your Controller. On the next screen, choose PlayStation/PS5 controller.

After that, change the shutdown time. To do this, go to the “System Settings” menu and find the “Shut Down Options” section. You will probably see an option for “Never” under the Shutdown Time Setting. Change the setting from 15 minutes to never.

3. Update Operating System:

Sometimes the Operating System causes the connection problem, and then the solution is to update the OS. There are several ways to update the operating system, including Windows 10, OSX, and Linux. Open the windows control panel and click on the “update and recovery” option.

4. Clear Connection History

Clear Connection History

Sometimes when you connect the Controller to the computer, some files might get stored in the controller memory. So clear the data inside the controller memory so that the Controller would not hold any further information.

To do this, press all four buttons at once. The Controller will show a “Clear Controller Data” message. Then click “Yes.” This action will erase all the connections between the Controller and computer.

5. Disable power management for Controller:

If none of the above solutions worked for you, try disabling the Controller’s power management feature. To do this, follow these steps:

i) Inside the back of the Controller, push the small black button located on the left side of the Controller. It will turn off the power management function for the Controller.

ii) Connect the Controller to the computer via Wired and try again.

6. Update Bluetooth drivers on PC:

The last thing to check is updating the Bluetooth driver on the PC. Sometimes the driver gets corrupted and needs to be updated.

Right-click on the “Windows start” menu logo and select “Device Manager.” Find your PlayStation 5 Controller from the list of devices. Then right-click on the Controller and choose “Remove Device.”

On your pc, go to Settings > Device > Bluetooth and other devices > turn on the Bluetooth if it’s not already turned on. Now Click on t “Add Bluetooth or Other Device” option and Select Bluetooth.

Update Bluetooth drivers on PC

Press and hold the ‘PlayStation’ button and the ‘Share’ button simultaneously until a pop-up appears (flashing a light). Choose ‘Connect’. After that, you should see your PS5 Controller in the list of available controllers.

Now you’ll see the Controller on the Device Manager on Windows 10. Right-click on it, then select “Properties.” Select the check box ‘Drivers for keyboards, mice, etc. Click on Apply. Then OK.

Right-click on the Bluetooth icon from your system tray. Then click on Allow a device to connect and follow along to connect your gamepad to your computer via Bluetooth. 

 You can also follow these steps to update the driver from the official driver website:

i) Download the latest version of the driver from here.

ii) Run the downloaded file as administrator.

iii) After installation, restart the computer.

7. Try different ports: 

There could be a problem with the port where the Controller connects to the computer. Make sure the port is free and try another one if possible.

8. Reset the Controller:

Resetting the Controller helps fix the problems caused by the software or hardware issues. To reset the Controller, follow these steps: i) Turn off the Controller. ii) Remove the batteries. iii) Press the right shoulder button until the Controller vibrates. iv) Wait for 30 seconds. v) Replace the batteries and put the Controller back together.

9. Reinstall the Controller:

Sometimes the Controller won’t work after it has been uninstalled and reinstalled. If this happens, reinstall the Controller.

10. Check the cables:

Check the cable (usb or other cables) connections between the Controller and the computer. If there is a loose connection, make sure the connector is connected correctly. Also, make sure the Controller is plugged into the correct port.

11. Check the USB ports:

Check whether the Controller is connected to the computer through the USB ports. If yes, remove the Controller from the computer and plug it into other available USB ports. If not, try connecting the Controller directly to the motherboard instead of using the USB port.

Also, Read our separate post on How to connect PS4 controller to PC

Can You Use A PS5 Controller On a PC?

Yes! It’s pretty easy to use. Just follow these simple instructions.

Windows 10

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Go to Devices & Printers.

3. Locate the “Bluetooth Adapter,” right-click and choose Properties.

4. Select the Driver tab.

5. Uncheck “Driver signature enforcement.”

6. Click on Update Driver Software.

7. Browse and locate the.exe file provided by Sony. Double-click on the.exe file to install the driver.

8. Restart the computer when prompted.

9. Test the Controller again.

Mac OS X

1. Launch System Preferences.

2. Go under Sound, then Input.

3. Select the USB input option.

4. Find the name of the Controller and click on the + sign next to it.

5. Click Install and wait for the process to finish.

6. Try testing the Controller again.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my Playstation 5 Dualshock 4 controller working on my PC?

The PS5 Dualshock 4 controller does not support Windows 7, 8, or 10 and Mac OS X.

Can I use the PlayStation 5 DualShock 4 controller on my PC?

No, unfortunately, you cannot use the PS5 Dualshock 4 on your PC.

Why doesn’t the controller work on my computer?

Most likely due to incompatibility with Microsoft Windows OS.

Why aren’t the buttons responding?

This can happen because of many reasons, including the following: 1. Your Controller isn’t powered up 2. It may remove the battery 3. The batteries are dead (try new batteries) 4. The connector is terrible (make sure it is fully seated).

Thank you for reading our article about using a PS5 controller on a PC. After following the above steps, the not connecting, not working, or freezing issue should have resolved itself. We hope that this guide has helped you.