PlayStation 3 - How to reset your controller

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PlayStation 3 - How to reset your controller


You might want to reset your PS3 wireless controller in the following situations:
  • The controller is not working properly in games (but still allows you to navigate through the PS3 menu).
  • Secondary controllers can't be paired or are not detected
  • Red squares are being displayed on the screen, when pressing the PS3 (middle) button of the controller.


The reset procedure is as follows:.
  • Turn off your PS3 and disconnect the controller
  • The reset button is located at the back of the controller. You will need a paperclip to press it.
  • Connect the controller to your PlayStation 3 using the USB cable.
  • Press the PS button of the controller to boot your PS3.
  • Sync the controller with the PS3.
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