How to reboot my PS4 into Safemode?

PS4 is one of the best gaming consoles out there right now, and it has gone way past the first generation Playstation. It is better than the Xbox 360 in many ways, and on paper appears to be the best you can have if you are looking for some high-quality gaming. It is designed to perform well irrespective of the game thrown at it, and it does its job very well. However, every once in awhile, there could be minor stutters as the software sometimes fails the hardware. In such a scenario, where your PS4 is stuck, the only thing you can try doing is booting it in safe mode.

Booting the console into safe mode is like the last resort one can try if it is not booting up in a conventional way. Once you have tried everything and you still can’t get the PS4 on, that is when you boot it into safe mode. This is exactly like what we do with our smartphones when it gets stuck somehow. In smartphones, we reset the phone by pressing and holding on to the power button for 10 seconds, and then the stuck smartphone boots up. Similar is the case with the PS4 and the safe mode.


What is safe mode?

Safe mode boots up the PS4 with the most basic of settings with most extra functions turned off. If you need to update the firmware, do a factory reset of the PS4, change the resolution of the PS4, or anything like that, then the safe mode is how you do it. Some settings on the safe mode result in loss of data, so be careful and informative about what you are doing when you boot into the safe mode.

Steps to Reboot Playstation 4 into safe mode :

  • First, turn off your PS4. It is fairly easy. Do it like you have been all the times before by pressing down the power button. You will notice the LED light blinking down, which means that the console is now completely off.
  • Now, turn it back on but not in a conventional way. This time around, press the power button and hold it for about 10 seconds. The first time you press the button, you will hear a beep. Keep the button pressed for about another 8 to 10 seconds, and you will hear a second beep. Once you hear the second beep, you can let go of the button.
  • You will now notice that your PS4 has booted in safe mode. Make sure that you have a DualShock controller connected to the console via USB here, as all the navigation through the safe mode depends on it.

Now once you are in the safe mode, you will see a bunch of options. There will be a “reboot” option, which will simply boot the device normally like it usually does, that is if it is possible to do so. Next, there is an option “change resolution,” which will simply change the resolution to 480p when you boot up the console next time around. Again we have the option “Update system software,” which is used to update the PS4 manually via a disc or USB drive. Then there is the “restore default,” which will change the settings on the console to factory settings. Again we have a “rebuild database,” which will simply re-index all the content on the drive.

Finally, we have the “initialize PS4” option, which will completely wipe out everything on the console, and it will boot up like you just bought it and are using it for the first time around.

So safe mode is like the BIOS setup we have on our PCs. In case the PS4’s software is not functioning properly, then booting it into safe mode will be the only way to fix it.

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