How to turn off PS5

You have finally succeeded in the enterprise of buying a PlayStation 5 and you are starting to familiarize yourself with all its functions. The menu, totally renewed compared to that of PS4, you like it a lot, but it is also giving you some “headaches”. For example, among the many functions it offers, you can’t figure out where to find the one to completely turn off the console.

This doubt of yours is perfectly understandable, because in fact there are some substantial differences in the procedure for switching off the console compared to the two that preceded it (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3). Precisely for this reason I decided to give you my support and write this guide in which I will show you how to turn off the PS5 through the different shutdown options available on the console.

As you will have the same way of reading, the possibilities of turning off are different and can concern only the console, or the DualSense (the PS5 controller), but also the microphone incorporated in it. In all cases these are really simple procedures, but you must first know the steps to take. Ready, then, to investigate the matter further? Yup? Well then I wish you happy reading!


  • How to turn off PS5 from joystick
  • How to turn off PS5 controller
  • How to turn off PS5 from the on / off button
  • How to shut down PS5 remotely

How to turn off PS5 from joystick

Among the different ways how to turn off PS5 , I think it is appropriate to start from the procedure via DualSense . This is because it is the most comfortable and therefore the most used: the console switches off remotely, without getting up to press the appropriate button located on the front body.

The procedure has changed compared to the PS4, where to access the shutdown menu it was necessary to make a long press on the PlayStation button on the controller and then select the desired shutdown option. The procedure to turn off the PS5 from the joystick is slightly different.

From any screen you are, even in game, to access the shutdown menu you have to press the PlayStation button on the pad once , and not for a long time . This will open the PlayStation Control Center bar .

It is a very useful and important menu, similar to a quick control menu of the most used functions. Among these, the last one available is the Power function , so move to it with the digital arrows and press the X key on the controller to open the drop-down menu of shutdown options.

The option to choose to completely shut down the console is Turn Off PS5 . After pressing the X button on this item, the PS5 will close all processes in progress and then shut down. Unlike sleep mode (which you can select from the same menu), the powered-off console is disconnected from the internet, so any ongoing activities and downloads are interrupted, as is power from the USB ports.

As you will have understood, the main difference compared to the procedure of switching off the PS4 pad is in the time of pressing the PlayStation button, while in the previous console it was prolonged, now a single short press is enough.

How to turn off PS5 controller

Now that you know how to shut down your PS5 completely , I would like to move on to explain to you how to shut down the PS5 controller . In fact, it happens to want to turn off a pad to use a different one, or after a cooperative game with a friend, so as to go back to using one without waiting for the self-shutdown (avoiding unnecessary battery consumption) and without having to turn off the whole system.

You can turn off the pad in two ways: via software, from the control center , or by pressing a button. The simplest method is certainly the second, as just press the PlayStation button of the controller you want to turn off for at least 10 seconds , after which the pad turns off. This is a very useful method especially when you want to watch a video, as it does not leave menus open on the screen.

The other method involves accessing the control center menu by pressing the PlayStation button on the pad, then press the X button under the Accessories item . Now, select the Wireless Controller device and press the X button again on the Power Off Controller option .

This last method is a shortcut to the Settings> Accessories> General> Bluetooth Accessories path from which you can select the pad to turn it off by pressing the X button on the Disconnect menu item.

Finally, I think it is also important to know another shutdown procedure, the one to turn off the microphone of the PS5 controller . You may not know this but the PS5’s DualSense has a built-in microphone for voice commands and headless chat.

Again there are multiple ways to turn off the microphone. The quickest and most immediate is to deactivate the microphone by pressing the mute button present between the two analogs of the pad, recognizable by the icon of a crossed-out microphone . If the microphone is off, the key changes from off to orange.

In addition to this “manual” method, there is the possibility to set the microphone switch-off preference from the Settings menu , so as to always leave it off since the user login.

For this setting, continue by going to the Settings menu (the one with a gear icon at the top right) and select the Audio item , then press the Microphone item , then press the X button on the Microphone status item at the time of access to choose the Mute preference .

To further protect your privacy and to avoid inconveniences, you can also set the Microphone status item to Mute when starting the chat or transmission so as to leave the microphone off even at the beginning of a chat or streaming session (to make you heard you will have to activate it manually at the moment).

How to turn off PS5 from the on / off button

The shutdown method I am talking about here is the most classic one, that is to turn off the console from the appropriate on / off button . This button is located on the front of the PS5, in the thinnest part of the central black band (if in horizontal position it is on the right, while if positioned vertically it is at the bottom).

The on / off button must be held down for about 3-5 seconds , otherwise if pressed briefly it will initiate sleep mode. If pressed and held for longer, immediately after the long press the console operating system notifies the start of the shutdown process.

The two modes can also be distinguished by the console’s LED lights. This is because when off, the LEDs are completely off. This, in short, the explanation of how to turn off PS5 from the on / off button , nothing simpler, right?

In the case of block PS5 , you should be able to control the forced shut-down of the console by pressing and holding the power on / off button for a period of about 20 seconds , until the device restarts.

How to shut down PS5 remotely

Now I want to talk to you about how to turn off PS5 from a smartphone or tablet , or through the remote control functions . In this case, you start from the smartphone or tablet side, by downloading and installing the PS Remote Play app for Android (available on the Play Store or alternative stores for devices without Google services) or iOS / iPadOS (you can do this by visiting the links that I just provided you from your device, by pressing the Install / Get button and verifying your identity, if requested).

After downloading and installing, open the app on its icon and click on the button ACCESS PSN , then enter your data to access PSN .

Once back to the app, tap on the CONFIRM AND CONTINUE button , then on the PS5 icon and before pressing the OK button at the warning message, switch to the PS5.

From here, go to the Settings menu , then press the System menu , then the Remote Play item and press the Enable Remote Play option . Now you can go back to the app and press the OK button , to start searching for the console.

It is very important that on both the app and the PS5, the PSN login account is the same and that both devices are connected to a Wi-Fi network . In fact, you may not even be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, as long as you are also connected to a Wi-Fi network and not to mobile data from your smartphone or tablet . If you are out and about with no Wi-Fi networks nearby, having two mobile devices you can always use the hotspot method, as it works exactly as seen on PS4 . In this case, I only recommend that you consider the tariffs applied for the data connection of your provider.

If all went well, the PS5 will notify you with a pop up in the upper right side of the screen that you have connected from a mobile device. You can now proceed by using the virtual keys that appear on your device’s screen to navigate the PS5 menus exactly as you would using the pad.

At this point, to turn off the PS5 remotely, you can then follow the advice I gave you in this chapter , plus you can even turn off the controller or microphone as I explained here . That’s it when it comes to shutting down your PS5, I just have to wish you a lot of fun with your new console!


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