How to Boot PS4 in Safe Mode

A Sony PS4 console with a DualShock controller next to it on a blue background.
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PlayStation 4 Safe Mode options allow you to troubleshoot various issues, update the software, and factory reset your console. We will show you how to switch to this mode and how to use different options in it.

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What is PlayStation 4 Safe Mode?

The PlayStation 4’s Safe Mode only loads your system with the files that are absolutely necessary. This allows the console to isolate problematic files so you can fix your errors. In this mode, you can rebuild your system database, manually install software updates, and even reset your console. Note that the wireless features won’t work in Safe Mode, so you’ll need to have a USB cable handy to use your controller.

When you have finished your tasks, you can exit Safe Mode and restart your PS4 in normal mode.

How to enter Safe Mode on your PlayStation 4

You can start your PS4 in safe mode using a button on the console itself.

To do this, first turn off your PS4. You can do this by holding the power button on the console for three seconds. When your PS4 light stops blinking, the console has turned off completely.

Press the power button on the PS4.

After the PS4 shuts down, hold down the Power button for about eight seconds. Release the power button when the console emits the second beep (the first beep is when you press the power button).

Connect your controller to your PS4 using a USB cable as you will not be able to use wireless mode in safe mode. You will now see various options on your PS4 connected screen.

Here’s what each option does:

  • Reboot PS4: Select this option to exit Safe Mode and start your PS4 in normal mode.
  • change resolution: If you have screen problems, select this option to change your resolution and fix the problem.
  • Update system software: Use this option to update your PS4 software online or with a USB memory drive or disc.
  • restore default settings: This option allows you to reset your PS4 settings. Note that your apps, games, saved game data, and other files will not be removed.
  • Rebuild database: Use this option to fix various system issues with your PS4 to rebuild the system database.
  • Initialize PS4: This option will erase all data on your console and reset the console to factory settings.
  • Initialize PS4 (reinstall system software): This option will erase all your user data and PS4 firmware.
  • Set to HDCP mode (Only available on PS4 Pro model): If your 4K TV (without HDCP 2.2 support) does not display an image, select this option and select “HDCP 1.40 only” to solve your problem.

PS4 safe mode.

Once you have completed your tasks, restart your PS4 in normal mode using the “Restart PS4” option.

And that’s all you need to do to start your PS4 in safe mode and use different options in it. Enjoy!

If you are having problems with your controller, you can reset your PS4 controller to possibly fix the problems with it.

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