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PS4 controller battery life: How to make your DualShock 4 last longer

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8 tips for longer DualShock 4 battery life

We love the PS4 and DualShock 4 controller. But if there's one area where the PS4 controller is particularly weak, it's definitely battery life.

You’ll find yourself grasping for the Micro USB cable for a recharge than you will your smartphone these days, but you can do certain things to extend the battery life a little bit further.

There are a few specific things that can cause the circa 8-hour battery on the PS4 controller to drain significantly. Many people point to the bright light bar on its back, but that’s not the only culprit.

Out of the box, the PS4 controller stays on as long as your PS4 is on. That’s fine while you’re gaming, but what about when you’re on a marathon Netflix session? You don't need it on all the time for that. Then there are the speakers and the vibration motors.

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Here are our top tips and tricks for increasing your DualShock 4’s stamina...

1) Reduce the Brightness of the PS4 Controller's Light Bar

This change will have the least affect on your gameplay experience, so it’s a no-brainer to start off with.

You can’t turn the light bar off completely, but you can reduce its brightness so that battery drain is minimised. Here's how to do it:

On your PS4 go to Settings > Devices > Controllers > Brightness and set it to the lowest brightness setting.

2) Disable Vibration on your PS4 Controller

Now this has a more profound effect on gaming. Vibration is a big part of immersing yourself in a game world. Who doesn’t love to feel rumble of an engine in DriveClub or the satisfying kick of a rifle in Destiny? However, this feature eats at the battery life of your PS4 controller. Follow these steps to turn it off:

On your PS4 go to Settings > Devices > Controllers > Enable Vibration then uncheck the box and vibration will be turned off.

3) Reduce the Volume of your PS4 controller

Having the speakers on the DualShock 4 blare out can reduce the battery’s longevity. Here’s how to reduce the volume:

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On your PS4 go to Settings > Devices > Controllers > Volume Control, where you can then adjust the volume using the left or right buttons on the controller.

4) Automatically Turn Off your PS4 Controllers

One of the biggest reasons the battery drains so quickly is that the PS4 controller doesn’t turn off while the console's running. Here’s how to change that:

On your PS4 go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Turn Off DualShock 4 Automatically – this is automatically set to off, which means that your PS4 controller stays on until the battery dies. Instead set it to 10 minutes to save as much battery life as possible. Other options are to turn off after 30 or 60 minutes.

5) Turn Off your PS4 Controller

If you don’t want to wait 10 minutes, you can manually turn off your PS4 controller by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller for 10 seconds.

This is a bit of a problem if you’re trying to watch a movie, as it takes you out of your current app. To combat this, press the O button and then X (e.g. for Netflix) to continue watching while you keep the PS button pressed. You should have enough time to get back to what you were watching before the controller turns off.

6) Get a DualShock 4 Battery Pack

You can now get officially licensed Venom rechargeable battery packs for your PS4 controller. These clip to the bottom of the controller and add a claimed 20 hours of use. These do change the heft and shape of the controller, though, so try and have a go before you buy, in case you don't like the change.

We gave the Venom PS4 rechargeable battery pack a whirl and gave it a full review. Although it couldn't give that claimed extra 20 hours of play, we managed to more than double our DualShock 4's battery life by using it.

Read the full Venom PS4 battery pack review

7) Get a Second DualShock 4 Controller or use your PS Vita

Having a second PS4 controller isn’t just useful for some same-screen multiplayer action. It also means you can have one on charge while you’re playing your favourite games with the other. If you’re charging your controllers via the PS4, though, make sure you keep the USBs powered even when it’s in Rest mode. To do this:

On your PS4 go to Settings > Devices > Power Saving Settings > Set Functions Available In Rest Mode > Supply Power to USB Ports and turn the option on.

Alternatively if you have a PS Vita you can use it as a controller. It's not ideal as you'll need to use the rear touchpad for the buttons like L2 and R2 that don't exist on the Vita, but it does work if you're in a pinch.

8) Replace the Battery on your PS4 Controller

The final way of improving battery life on your PS4 controller requires getting your hands dirty.

The PS4 controller has a 1000mAh battery, but you can buy a 2000mAh DualShock 4 replacement battery and install it yourself. It’s not as tricky as you might think, and will double your controller’s battery life, although it will void the warranty.

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You might struggle to find an official version of the battery, so if you do buy a third-party unit, make sure it’s good quality by checking reviews.

Check out this DS4 teardown video, which shows you how to replace the battery on a DualShock 4:

Got any other tips and tricks for improving the battery life of the controller? Share your secrets in the comments!

torjs99

December 8, 2014, 4:54 pm

can you unplug the stupid light when you upgrade the battery?

klarax

December 10, 2014, 11:05 am

i like the light :P

Guest

December 10, 2014, 9:09 pm

DualShock 4, feels great built like trash. Poor dying Sony.

Johan

December 13, 2014, 10:27 pm

Wtf r u for real? Some trolls just always manage to get their foot in their mouths and I tprocess embarrasses themselves. No wonder u signed in as a guest. Sony slowly dying......dude xbone is currently shockingly lagging behind a staggering 3.5million unites in sales. In lame terms it means a 40% defecit. Now in any business terms that does not paint a healthy financial picture. So next time before you start babbling again, plse refrain from providing us with ure opinion cause it amounts to trolling crap LOL!!!!!!!!

Hunterofthenight

December 20, 2014, 6:01 pm

Where can you get this 2000mah battery for the DS4 you speak of?

2peteshakur

January 18, 2015, 10:51 pm

nope!

2peteshakur

January 18, 2015, 10:52 pm

ebay :)

Cole MacGrath

January 21, 2015, 10:48 am

YES, you totally can, in fact i've done it to mine.

torjs99

January 21, 2015, 10:58 am

cool

Freethinker

January 31, 2015, 11:05 am

Don't feed the Troll, you gotta understand he's butt-hurt because his Xbox is being ass-kicked by the PS4 so he will resort to anything to make himself feel better, which of course won't change the whopping the Xbox One is getting...

matty33

March 15, 2015, 12:25 pm

Amazon

matty33

March 15, 2015, 12:38 pm

People slated MS for not including A built in rechargeable battery in the one's controller but I'll tell you what. Two AA's (even non rechargeable's) in my XB one controller last a lot longer than my fully charged PS 4 controller.

duewhaa

May 5, 2015, 8:43 pm

How to make your battery last longer.
Buy a new controller.

Matthew Carl

August 4, 2015, 12:43 am

Well funny coz the ps4 is still better then the xbox one the reason the controller lasts 8 hours is coz your.not.ment to play it 24 7 get a life

Matthew Carl

August 4, 2015, 12:44 am

Well put my friend

Tulenos_MACC_253

August 28, 2015, 1:42 am

this is true but behind my couch i have a wall outlet to which i plug in my phone charger which has a lengthy cord that is the same type of charger you need for the ps4 controller so i can be charging my contoller while still playing like normal and not bother with buying batteries

Youssef El Sabeh

September 9, 2015, 6:36 am

Anyone have an idea about the battery life if i left my ps4 off for months? I travelled and left it in my country,i hope the batteries don't die!

The Truth

September 30, 2015, 3:22 am

Oh christ. Another sad, lonely, pathetic virgin who only has the One and for some reason feels the need to attempt to start a console war for absolutely no reason. You know what pal? I bet you never get laid in your life. Not even once. I'll bet money on it.

MeT00

October 19, 2015, 1:16 am

Don't I've tried 3 different ones all at different and they all suck

MeT00

October 19, 2015, 1:24 am

It's true....you gamers make laugh...For you gamers that forget sometimes that there is actually a real world out there......I guess you haven't gotten the news Sony IS slowly dying......that's probably why he said SONY not playstation........I understand brand loyalty but this gamer nonsense is the dumbest version I've ever seen....but if it makes you feel better then yes ps is killing Xbox.....but ms is massacring Sony in the real world.....

David A. Marchand

November 27, 2015, 7:37 am

is the 2000 MH battery worth the effort? I ask this, jumping into PS4 for the first time. and yes, I have both consoles and love both of them for different reasons. not going into the fan boy discussion, period. and how is the venom pack???

Joey Corleone68

January 22, 2016, 10:08 am

SHUT UP TROLL

Gambatte Kudasai

March 22, 2016, 3:55 pm

ive found a fanboy ... killit with fire!

TVippy

June 9, 2016, 5:19 pm

Worst.Controller.Ever.

Especially the 2-3 hour battery life.

TVippy

June 9, 2016, 5:21 pm

It does discharge VERY (unhealthily so) quickly. Example: you charge it FULLY, leave it off for 2 weeks. You start your system and the first thing it tells you is that the your battery is low.

But the systems stay on shelves for years, so it should not die, theoretically.

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