[Solved] PS4 Turns on by Itself

[Solved] PS4 Turns on by Itself
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PS4 turning on by itself problem first showed in 2014 after some software updates. It is still an issue for some people, and there are multiple reasons why it happens. The PS4 turns on and ejects the disc, and in some instances, it turns on and goes into safe mode or rest mode, and sometimes, the PS4 starts controlling itself even if the DS4 controller is off. If your console has a similar problem, don’t worry, most of the time it can be fixed without opening the console.


Why the PS4 Turns on by Itself?

As mentioned in the into, there are multiple reasons why it can happen. It can be a software bug, and sometimes the rubber foot under the eject button starts altering the functions. It can also happen if the automatic updates are on in the settings and you leave the PS4 in rest mode.


How to Fix the Problem

Sometimes doing something as simple as checking and installing the latest update can fix the issue. Rebuilding the database is also a well-known solution, but it may take hours if you have too much data. We have mentioned all the solutions below. Keep in mind that you may have to try multiple solutions to fix the issue. 


1.Turn off Auto Updates

If the auto-updates are enabled, the PS4 might turn on during night to download and install the updates. To disable auto-updates follow the steps:

Step 1: On the home screen, choose the Settings icon.

Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom and choose System.

Step 3: Choose Automatic Downloads.

Step 4: Uncheck the box next to System Software Update Files.

This will stop your PS4 from downloading system software updates; there is no need to uncheck Application Update Files because they only update when the PS4 is on. 


2.Check for PS4 Firmware Updates

Before you check for updates, make sure you are connected to the internet. You can check your internet connection status from Settings > Network Test Internet Connection. To check for firmware updates, follow the steps: 

Step 1: On the home screen, choose the Settings icon.

Step 2: Now choose System Software Update using the X button.

Step 3: It will show you an available update. If the latest version is already installed, you will see a message. 

3.Rebuild Database

Rebuilding the PS4 database is one of the best ways to fix almost all types of minor system glitches. It does not delete your saved data, but rebuilding the database can take a few minutes to hours, depending upon how much data is stored in the drive. 

Before you rebuild the database by going into safe mode, make sure your PS4 is fully off. 


Step 1:  Select Power from the function screen, and then select Turn Off PS4.

Step 2: Press and hold the power button of the PS4 until you hear the second beep (This will put your PS4 in safe mode).

Step 3: Now connect your DS4 controller to the PS4 with a USB cable.

Step 4: Press the PlayStation button on your controller and select “Rebuild Database” using the X button. 

Step 5: Once the process is done, the PS4 will automatically turn on.

This should fix the PS4 automatically turning on issue. Keep in mind that rebuilding data can remove some of your purchased games. If it happens to you, you can restore them from Settings > Account Management > Restore Licenses > Restore button.


4.Power Cycle and Reset the PS4 

Step 1: When the PS4 is off, unplug the power cable from the back of the unit and the main power outlet.

Step 2: Press the power button on the PS4 2-3 times to ensure no charge is left. 

Step 3: Reconnect the power cable after 5 minutes. 

Step 4: Hold the PS4’s power button until you hear the second beep. 

Step 5: Connect the DS4 controller to the PS4 with a USB cable.

Step 6: Use the X button to select “Initialize PS4.”

Note: Selecting “Initialize PS4” will wipe all of your stored data, we recommend you to back up your PS4 Saves before you do this. If you want to do this without losing your data, you can select “Restart PS4” instead of “Initialize PS4”. 


What to Do if Nothing Works?

If the methods mentioned above did not work for you, the issue can still be fixed. As mentioned in starting there are multiple reasons that can trigger this type of problem. Below are some more reasons why this can happen and how you can fix it. 

Properly turn off the PS4

Always properly turn off your PS4 and avoid leaving it in the rest mode. In rest mode, a glitch can make the PS4 turn on even if you don’t press any button. It’s not just PS4 we have seen that when we leave Windows computers in sleep mode and they turn on automatically even when there is no wake timer. 

Remove the Rubber Foot 

There is a rubber foot under the eject button of the PS4; you need to check if it’s interfering with the button. Sometimes the rubber foot absorbs heat, which causes it to expand and it starts hitting the eject button, removing or cutting down the rubber foot should fix the issue. 

Check Buttons

Check the buttons of your controller and the PS4, we have never seen a scenario where the controller’s or console’s button trigger this issue, but there is a possibility. If any button is constantly pressed for some reason, it may cause your PS4 to turn on, also check if any gooey dirt is stuck around any of the buttons. 



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