Safe Mode is a secret menu that contains all of the necessary tools to troubleshoot, update, and maintain your PlayStation 4. Here's how to boot your PlayStation 4 in Safe Mode.
Restart Your PS4 in Safe Mode
The Safe Mode
should only be used when one is experiencing major problems such as system failures, game error, recurrent errors, or boot issues. Turn off your console and then hold down the Power
button until you hear 2 beeps (7-8 seconds). Connect the DualShock 4
controller using the provided USB cable and then press the PS
button to access Safe Mode
Safe Mode Options
: Restart the console and prompt the user to reconfigure the audio and video settings.
: Switch to the 480p
screen resolution on next reboot.
Update System Software
: Update the system software via the internet, a USB stick, or game disc.
Restore Default Settings
: Restores the console to default settings (keeps user data).
: Scan the hard drive of the PS4 and then create a new database of all the stored content.
: Erases all user settings and data, and restore console to default settings.
Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)
: Wipes the entire content of the hard drive, including the system software. This option requires that you download and re-install the system software
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