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What Do the Light Colors on PS5 Controller Mean

by Pankil Shah
What Do the Light Colors on PS5 Controller Mean

If you have recently bought a PS5, you may have noticed that your DualSense controller has a distinctive light bar that illuminates in various colors. As you may have already guessed, these lights aren’t just for making your controller look aesthetically pleasing; they convey essential information about its status and functions. Below, we explain the meaning of blue, orange, white, and other light colors on the PS5 controller.

Meaning of Different Light Colors on a PS5 Controller

Here’s everything you need to know about the various light colors on your PS5 controller and what they indicate.

Meaning of the Blue, Red, Green, and Purple Light Colors on the PS5 Controller

Your PS5 controller will usually display a solid blue light when it’s fully charged and connected to a console. If the blue light starts blinking, it indicates that the PS5 controller is experiencing connection issues.

PS5 Controller With Blue and Red Light

When you connect an additional controller, the light bar on the second controller will turn red. The third controller’s light bar will change to green, and the fourth controller’s light bar will become purple. This feature proves handy when engaging in multiplayer games such as FC24 or Mortal Kombat and connecting multiple controllers to your PS5.

PS5 Controller Light ColorMeaning
Solid BluePS5 controller is connected and charged.
Blinking BluePS5 controller is experiencing connection issues.
Solid RedSecond player’s PS5 controller connected.
Solid GreenSecond player’s PS5 controller is connected.
Solid PurpleThird player’s PS5 controller is connected.

Meaning of the Orange Light Colors on the PS5 Controller

The orange light on your PS5 controller indicates its charging and battery status. If you observe an orange light while the controller is not charging, it signals a low battery. Once you start charging the PS5 controller, the orange light will start pulsing. Once it has fully charged, the orange light will stop flashing. 

Note that your PS5 controller may also display a flashing orange light if your console is entering Rest Mode.

PS5 Controller With Orange Light

Do you see an orange or yellow light blink thrice when you turn on your PS5 controller? Well, that indicates a problem with the controller. It could be related to the battery, the charging port, or the cable.

PS5 Controller Light ColorMeaning
Solid OrangePS5 controller is charging or has a low battery.
Pulsing OrangePS5 controller is charging.
Flashing OrangeProblem with the PS5 controller.

Meaning of the White Light Colors on the PS5 Controller

Your PS5 controller will display a solid white light when operating correctly. However, if you observe a flashing white light, it indicates that your PS5 is in an error state, likely frozen. Additionally, you might see a combination of orange and white lights if you have connected your controller to an Android, iPhone, Windows, or Mac device.

PS5 Controller Light ColorMeaning
Solid WhitePS5 controller is working or in standby mode.
Flashing WhitePS5 is in an error state.
Orange and WhitePS5 controller is connected to an Android, iPhone, Windows, or Mac device.

Meaning of the Mic Light Colors on the PS5 Controller

Finally, the LED bar below your PS button indicates whether or not your controller mic is on. If you see an orange light, it means the microphone is muted. Conversely, if the orange light is off, it means the microphone is active.

PS5 Controller Light ColorMeaning
Mic Light OnMicrophone is muted.
Mic Light OffMicrophone is unmuted.

How to Adjust the Brightness of Your PS5 Controller Light

By default, the brightness of your PS5 controller’s light bar is set to the highest level, which can be overwhelming in a dark setting. Fortunately, you can easily lower the brightness of your PS5 controller light bar. Here are the steps to do so.

1. Navigate to your home screen and select the Settings icon in the top right corner.

Open Settings Menu on PS5

2. Select Accessories from the list.

Accessories Settings on PS5

3. Select Controller from the left pane and then select the Brightness of Controller Indicators option.

PS5 Controller Settings

4. Select your preferred brightness level from the resulting menu: Bright (Standard), Medium, or Dim

Adjust Brightness of PS5 Controller Light

The change should reflect immediately on your controller’s light bar.

FAQs

1. Is it possible to customize PS5 controller light?

No, you can’t customize PS5 controller lights. However, if you are using a PS5 controller with Steam on a computer, you have the option to personalize the light colors to your preference.

2. Can you turn off the PS5 controller light?

No. Unfortunately, it is not possible to turn off the PS5 controller lights completely, as they indicate the controller’s status.

3. What do different lights on the PS5 console mean?

Much like the DualSense controller, the power indicator lights on the PS5 display various colors to convey status information, including powering on, rest mode, error states, and more.

Understand the Language of Lights

Once you familiarize yourself with the meaning of different light colors on your PS5 DualSense controller, you will have a better sense of its status and functionality. For more such useful tips, don’t forget to check our guide on PS5 tips and tricks.

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