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Ever experienced your PlayStation turning on again and again whenever you turn on your TV? It can be extremely annoying if you’re not doing it intentionally. But what could be the possible reason for it and how to stop your PlayStation from turning on when you turn on your TV? All these questions must be roaming around your head and to solve the same, we are here with this guide where we are not only going to talk about the problem but also its solution in depth. So let’s start scrolling and read about it-


Why does your PlayStation automatically turn on the TV?

If you often play your PS4, you will notice that whenever you turn on your TV, your PS4 turns on as well. The reason being is the HDMI device link due to which there’s a connectivity between your PS4 and TV. To understand it better, let us understand what HDMI-CEC is. 

What is HDMI-CEC?

HDM-CEC stands for HDMI consumer electronics control. This feature will help in establishing the connection between your TV and devices (such as game consoles and set-top boxes mainly) that comes with an HDMI connection.

It works mainly to turn your game console on through your TV. Your TV will be able to control the connected devices to some extent easily. For eg, you can turn on your PS4/PS5 and your TV will get turned on automatically, you can turn off your TV and the gaming console will go into rest mode and more. Although all these features are here to make it convenient for you, you can also toggle them off anytime you want to.


How to disable the HDMI Device link with your TV?

As said above, the biggest reason why your PlayStation is turning on while turning on the TV is because of the HDMI device link and if you disable it, it may solve the problem. To do that, it is required to disable it on your TV and PlayStation both. We’re sharing the method to disable the HDMI device link on your PlayStation, however, to disable it on your TV, you need to go through the model and manufacturer and the method will be given in the manual.

  • First, open your PS4/PS5 home screen and go to Settings
  • Tap on System.
  • Scroll down and tap disable on Enable HDMI Device Link option.
  • Go back and restart your console.


Other possible causes of PS4 turning on automatically

Although the biggest reason could be the HDMI device link that connects both, if you have already disabled it and you’re still facing the issue, other issues could include compatibility issues, software issues or hardware problems. 


How to fix PlayStation turning-on issue?

If you have tried disabling the HDMI link device and it still isn’t fixing the issue for you, then you can also try out these methods that may also work-

1- Restart your PlayStation

The very first thing we would recommend is to try restarting your console once and see if it works. The process is very simple and easy to do. All you have to do is first hold the power button and press it for almost 30 seconds until it turns off. Once done, take off the HDMI cables or the power cables, if connected. Now wait for a few minutes, establish the connection back by connecting it and reboot. It may solve the problem for you.

2- Give a check to the software update

One of the possible reasons could also be the software issue and the best way to understand or solve it is to update your system software by checking for the latest updates if any. To complete the process, the following are the steps to be completed-

  • First, open your gaming console and go to settings.
  • Tap on System software update.
  • Hover to Update Now.
  • You will be given some on-screen instructions. Follow them all, agree to the terms and conditions and proceed further.
  • Tap on Install now.
  • Wait for some time until the process completes. It may take a few seconds to minutes depending on your internet connection. 
  • Once done, your gaming console will restart. 

3- Check for the hard drive

You may be experiencing such issues because of a faulty hardware connection establishment between your TV and gaming console. To check and correct it, it is recommended to proceed with the establishment of the connection again. The following are the steps to be taken-

  • To begin with, you need to turn your PS4 PS5 off. 
  • Now disable the connection by plugging off all the cables.
  • Now remove the hard disk drive cover.
  • Check for the alignment and see if it is off. 
  • If you find it off, unfix and fix the screws available.
  • Now cover it back and check it by turning it on.

4- Turn off automatic updates

One more reason could be the automatic updates due to which you might get a glitch or experience such issues. It is always advisable to turn off all the automatic updates and update it by seeing and checking if it is worth doing or not. You need to turn it off and for the same, the following are the steps-

  • Open your gaming console.
  • Go to settings.
  • Go to the System option.
  • Tap on Disable Automatic Downloads option.

5- Check your settings

Most of the time, when you’re struggling through the input settings, you may not be able to have a good experience while streaming the game on your TV. To ensure that you’re doing right, make sure that you have tried all the possible combinations such as switching port 1 to port 2 or vice versa. Try applying such combinations and if you’re still unsure, you can take the help of your user manual where all such information will be provided. 

Note– It may also be the case that your cables are not working and in such cases, you must replace them.


Wrapping up,

That was all about why your PlayStation also turns on every time you turn on your TV. Although we have shared all the possible reasons and solutions, if you’re still unable to find a solution for the same, we suggest you check with customer service at PlayStation and reach out for the same. It may be a glitch on your PS4 and that can only be solved through their technical team. Other than that, if you have any queries or questions regarding the same, please comment down and let us know.



1- How to restore your PlayStation to factory settings?

If you want to restore your PlayStation to its factory settings, then you need to follow the given steps we are sharing below. Please note that it may differ from model to model-

  • First, press and hold the power button for a few seconds until your PlayStation turns down.
  • Once it is off, hold the power button again until you see the safe mode. You will hear a sound which will confirm the same.
  • Now you can see the PS button on your controller. Tap on it.
  • Now in the drop-down list, you will see options such as Restore Default Settings, Change Resolution and Rebuild Database.
  • Tap on Restore Default Settings or Rebuild Database.
  • Hover to Restart and it’s done.

If you’re still experiencing some issues while performing the steps, you can also take the help of the video link that we are sharing below.

2- Can I turn off my PlayStation without a controller? If yes, how?

Yes, it is possible to turn off your PlayStation without needing a controller and for that, you will have to press and hold the power button of your PS4/PS5 for a few seconds. Once you hear the beep twice, it will be turned off. Now if you want to put it in rest mode, you need to press and hold the power button and wait until the one beep only.

3- Does PlayStation remote work with the TV too?

Yes, your PlayStation remote will work well on your TV. However, the only condition is that your TV should be smart. You can change up the channels, turn up or down the volume or power it on with the PS4 remote.

4- Can we put the PlayStation in rest mode? 

Yes, it is completely okay to put your PlayStation in rest mode for some time. However, you need to ensure that it should not kept in rest mode for very long. Keeping it on rest mode overnight to install any game or to update the software will work fine. 

5- Why does the TV remote work with PlayStation?

As said above, gaming consoles such as PlayStation supports HDMI-CEC which establish a connection between your TV and PS4 and thus, it will also be able to accept all your TV remote’s command directly. One of the major reasons for the same is that it does not have an infrared (IR) sensor, it is possible.



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