Electronic device errors can be so frustrating, and one good example of this is the PlayStation 4's "Too Many USB Devices are connected" error message. This article will walk you through how to fix this error on your PS4.
This message sometimes pops up, even when you actually have no devices connected via USB. As a result of the bug, the USB ports located on the front end of the console don't work, meaning that you can't do things like charging your controllers.
How to fix PlayStation 4 USB connection error?
To fix this bug, you will need to follow these steps:
- Restart your PS4: Sometimes the simplest option is the best one, and a restart can resolve a host of minor software glitches. Do do this, turn off your PS4 completely and unplug it. Wait for a couple of minutes, then plug it back in and turn it on.
- Use different USB ports: Try to connect your USB device to different USB ports on your PS4. By doing this, you can figure out of the problem is with the port itself.
- Check the USB cable: Make sure that the USB cable you're using is in good condition and properly connected. If you're not sure, try plugging in a different USB cable to see if the problem continues.
- Update your PS4 system software: Is your PS4 running the latest system software? Sony periodically releases updates that fix different issues and improves the overall system stability. To update your PS4, go to Settings > System Software Update and follow the instructions.
- Check USB device compatibility: Not all devices get along with the PS4, and (like certain external hard drives) may require specific formatting before they work or just be incompatible altogether. If you're not sure, check the device's documentation or the PlayStation support website for a list of compatible devices.
- Rebuild the PS4 database: A corrupted database can cause USB connection issues, as well as a range of other undesirable issues, so rebuilding it can resolve such problems. Start your PS4 in Safe Mode by turning it off and then holding down the power button until you hear two beeps. Connect your controller with a USB cable and select the Rebuild Database option. Note that this process may take a few hours.
- Reset your PS4 to default settings: This should be the last resort, but if nothing else has worked, you can try resetting your PS4 to its default settings. Be aware that this will erase all data on your console, so make sure to back up any important files beforehand. To reset your PS4, go to Settings > Initialization > Restore Default Settings. Follow the prompts to complete the process.
After all of this, if you're still having a USB connection error on your PS4, sadly this probably indicates a hardware problem. You'll need to contact PlayStation support, or talk to a professional repair service in your area.
You have more gaming questions? Check out our forum!