PS5 controller orange light - what does it mean and how to fix it

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Whether you're using the DualSense or DualSense Edge, seeing the orange light on your PS5 controller might cause concern.

When you encounter an orange light on your Dualsense controller, it can be a sign of various status indicators or potential issues. Many gamers are unsure of what this indicator means or how to address it.

In this guide, we'll demystify the meaning behind the orange glow and provide you with straightforward, effective solutions to get your Dualsense controller back in top shape.

What does the PS5 controller orange light mean?

There are a couple of different reasons that you may see an orange light on your controller. Depending on whether the light is flashing or not, it may indicate two slightly different things.

Solid orange light

If you're playing your PS5 and the light suddenly changes from blue to orange on your controller, this usually indicates that your controller needs to be charged. Normally this wouldn't come as a surprise, as you'll typically receive a warning on your TV screen as well.

If you are using your DualSense controller with something other than your PS5, for example, while playing games on your computer, then you may also see the orange light. This simply indicates that you have connected to whatever platform you are playing on.

Blinking orange light

If the light is blinking orange, then this indicates one of two things:

  • Your console is entering Rest Mode. If you've previously used Rest Mode, you may notice that your console has an orange blinking light as it prepares to shut down. Your DualSense controller does something similar.
  • Alternatively, it may be an indication that your controller is still charging. Once it has finished charging, the orange light will stop flashing and switch off, so you know your controller is fully charged.

If however, you are seeing an orange light at another time, then that may indicate a problem. Here's what you can do to try to fix it.

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How to fix the PS5 controller orange light

If you do see an orange light when you aren't expecting one, then it may indicate an issue of some sort. But diagnosing what the problem might be is tricky. So here are the troubleshooting steps we recommend:

  • Start by restarting your console and controller. We recommend a full shutdown, including unplugging the console from the power outlet. Leave it unplugged for a minute or so, then plug it back in and switch it on again.
  • Try doing a hard reset of your controller. Switch off the controller, and then turn it over. You'll notice a small hole in the back. Use a pin or toothpick and insert it into the hole for about ten seconds. Then turn it back on and see if the issue has been resolved.
  • If possible, connect your DualSense controller to another device, and see if the light remains. If it works normally, it might indicate an issue with your PS5 console.
  • Using a second controller (or the Remote Play app on your phone if you don't have a second controller) forget the problematic DualSense and then reconnect it. To do this:
    • Go into your Settings and go to Bluetooth devices.
    • Find the unresponsive controller, press Options and then Forget Device.
    • Next, hold the PS button and Share button simultaneously. This will reset all connections of the controller and search for a new one.
    • Wait until the PS5 controller bar starts flashing.
  • The controller will now be visible on the bluetooth devices screen.
  • Use another PS5 controller to scroll down to it and pair it with the console.

If nothing seems to work, then we advise you to contact PlayStation Support for further diagnostic help. They'll be able to identify any other fixes, or if necessary, advise you about getting your Dualsense Edge or Dualsense controller repaired.

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