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Why Your PS4 Controller Is Moving On Its Own?
There are many potential causes of a PS4 controller moving on its own. Let's take a look at each one:
1. Analog Stick Drift
One of the most common reasons for controller movement is analog stick drift. This is when your analog sticks start to move on their own, even when you are not touching them. The problem is caused by wear and tear on the joystick itself. Over time, the material that makes up the joystick will break down and cause it to become less responsive.
How To Fix Analog Stick Drift (Step By Step)
The first thing you need to do is power off your PS4 console and controller. After that, follow these steps until your problem is fixed:
Reset Your Dual Shock 4 Controller
One way to fix your controller is to reset it. This will delete all your custom settings and return the controller to its default state. To do this, you need to locate the reset button on your controller. It is a small button located near the L2 shoulder button. Once you find it, use a paperclip or other sharp object to press and hold the reset button for about three seconds.
After that, power on your PS4 console and try using your controller. If it still doesn't work, move on to the next step.
Clean The Analog Sticks
Another way to fix your controller is to clean the analog sticks. Over time, dirt and dust can build up on the sticks and cause them to become less responsive. You will need a can of compressed air and a cotton swab to clean them.
Start by holding the can of compressed air about six inches away from the stick. Then, gently move the can around the stick in a circular motion. Be sure not to press too hard, or you could damage the stick. After that, use the cotton swab to wipe away any residual dust or debris.
Replace The Analog Sticks
If cleaning your analog sticks doesn't work, you may need to replace them altogether. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple process that you can do at home. All you need is a small Phillips head screwdriver and a replacement set of sticks.
To start, remove the screws from the back of your controller using the screwdriver. Next, carefully pull off the old sticks and replace them with the new ones. Be sure to line up the holes before screwing everything back together.
After that, power on your PS64 console and try using your controller. If it still doesn't work, move on to the next step.
Get It Repaired By Sony
If your controller still isn't working, you may need to get it repaired by Sony. Fortunately, they offer a free repair service for faulty controllers. To take advantage of this, you will need to contact Sony customer support and send in your controller for inspection.
2. Faulty Calibration
One possible reason your PS4 controller might be moving on its own is due to faulty calibration. If the sensors in your controller are not calibrated correctly, it can cause the controller to give inaccurate readings. As a result, your character on the screen may move in unintended ways. This can happen if you drop your controller or if it gets wet. When this happens, the sensors inside the controller can become misaligned and cause the cursor to move on its own.
How To Fix Faulty Calibration
To fix this issue, you will need to re-calibrate your controller.
Re-Calibrate Your Controller
To do this, go to the 'Settings' menu in your PS4 console and select ' Devices.' From there, select 'Bluetooth Devices' and select your controller. Now select the "Forget Device" option and press X. Now turn off your PS4 console and controller.
After that, power on your PS4 console and controller. Hopefully, your problem will be fixed. If not, something else might be wrong with your controller.
3. Faulty USB Cable
One potential reason your PS4 controller might be moving on its own is due to a faulty USB cable. If the cord is damaged in any way, it can cause issues with the controller. The first thing you should do is check the cord for any signs of damage. If you see any fraying or cuts, it's best to replace the cord. You can also try using a different USB cable, preferably one that Sony officially licenses. If the problem persists, there may be an issue with the controller itself. In this case, you'll need to contact Sony for further assistance.
How To Fix A Faulty USB Cable
You can try a few different things to fix a faulty USB cable.
Plug The Cable Into A Different USB Port
First, try plugging the cable into a different USB port. This will help you rule out any potential issues with the port itself.
Replace The USB Cable
If the problem persists, you may need to replace the USB cable. You can buy a new one from Sony or from any electronics store.
Clean The Connector Pins
In order to keep your USB devices working properly, it is important to clean the connector pins regularly. Over time, dust and other debris can build up on the pins, causing them to lose contact with the device. This can lead to data loss, corruption, and intermittent connection issues.
In order to clean the pins, you will need a soft-bristled brush and some rubbing alcohol. First, gently brush away any visible debris from the pins. Next, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the brush and continue to scrub the pins until they are clean. Once you are finished, allow the pins to air dry before reattaching the device.
4. Faulty Batteries
Another potential reason your PS4 controller might be moving on its own is due to faulty batteries. If the batteries are old or damaged, they can cause all sorts of problems with the controller. The first thing you should do is check the condition of the batteries. If they are visibly damaged, it's best to replace them. You can also try using a different set of batteries to see if that makes a difference.
How To Fix Faulty Batteries
If you think the batteries might be the problem, there are a few things you can try to fix.
Replace The Batteries
The first step is to replace the batteries. This is pretty self-explanatory, but make sure you use high-quality batteries. Cheap batteries are more likely to cause problems.
If you're using rechargeable batteries, make sure they are fully charged. Sometimes, partially charged batteries can cause problems.
Clean The Battery Contacts
Another potential issue could be dirty battery contacts. Over time, dust and debris can build up on the contacts and prevent them from making a good connection with the batteries. To clean the contacts, simply use a cotton swab or Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the contacts until they are clean.