How to Properly Shut Down Your PS5 Console

Just like a modern computer, there is a proper way to turn off a PlayStation 5 system. There are various reasons why you might want to shut it down completely instead of putting it in Rest Mode or leaving it on. In this guide, we will show you how to turn off your PS5 console correctly and explain why it’s important.

PlayStation 5 with its controller.
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How to Turn Off Your PS5 Console Using the Button on the Console

To turn off your PS5 system, you can simply press the button on the front of the console. However, it’s crucial to avoid unplugging the system without shutting it down first. Unplugging it abruptly can lead to file corruption. Follow these steps to power off your PS5 using the console’s button:

Step 1: If your console is standing vertically, press the lower button.

Step 2: Hold down the Power button until you hear two beeps, indicating that the system is powering down. Once you hear the beeps, you don’t need to do anything else.

Control center with Power option on PS5.
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How to Turn Off Your PS5 Console Using the DualSense Controller

If your PS5 console is not easily accessible or you prefer not to get up, you can turn it off using the DualSense controller. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the PS button in the center of the DualSense to bring up the control center.

Step 2: Navigate all the way to the right until you reach the Power icon, which is represented by a power button.

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Step 3: Use the X button to select the Power icon and then scroll down to find the “Turn off PS5” option.

Step 4: Select the “Turn off PS5” option, and the system will power down.

The auto Rest Mode menu within the PS5's settings.
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Does the PS5 Console Turn Off Automatically?

While you can set your PS5 to enter Rest Mode automatically, there is no option for it to shut down automatically. If you wish to adjust the auto Rest Mode functions, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Settings, indicated by the gear icon.

Step 2: Select System.

Step 3: Choose Power saving.

Step 4: You will find the option to set the time until your PS5 enters Rest Mode. You can adjust this time in one-hour increments, up to five hours.

When to Turn Off Your PS5 Console

It’s essential to turn off your PS5 console in certain situations instead of putting it in Rest Mode. Here are some scenarios where you should power it down properly:

  • When you plan to move the console.
  • Before performing any physical maintenance or cleaning.
  • If you want to make changes to the internal hardware (such as swapping out a hard drive).
  • During thunderstorms or power outages to avoid potential damage.

Remember, it’s always best to turn off your PS5 using one of the methods outlined above rather than simply cutting off the power. By following these guidelines, you can ensure the longevity and optimal functionality of your PS5 console.

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