How to reset PS3 controller: on PC, without reset button

How to reset PS3 controller: on PC, without reset button

There are certain situations in which you may need to reset your PS3 controller - here's how.

Sometimes pairing with other controllers becomes impossible or the controller simply stops working properly. Below we've listed a reset procedure that should solve all possible problems.

How to reset PlayStation 3 controller?

Situations where you might want to reset your controller:

  • 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.

How do you reset a PS3 controller:

  • Turn off your PS3 and disconnect the controller
  • The reset button is located at the back of the controller. You will need a paper clip 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.

How to reset PlayStation 3 controller on PC?

It looks like resetting a PS3 controller from a PC doesn't work - you will have to use the reset button on the back - all you'll need is a paper clip or a sim card opener. Follow the steps from the previous section if you aren't sure how to proceed. 

How to reset a PlayStation 3 controller without the reset button? 

You can't hard reset a controller without the reset button. However, you can plug the controller into the console, press the PS button, and then unplug it - this will restart the device. 

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