What is Safe Mode on the PS5? How to use

Your PS5’s safe mode is a great option to explore if you run into any issues. Let’s find out more.


Having technical issues with your PS5 can be a stressful experience, but there are some things you can try before heading to the store to get it fixed. In some cases, using safe mode can fix your PS5’s problems. In safe mode, you can update your PS5 offline, reboot your console, and even hard reset your PS5 if you need to.


PS5 Safe Mode is a great tool to fix minor issues you may be experiencing with your console. Here’s everything you need to know about safe mode on the PS5 and how to use it.


What is Safe Mode on the PS5?

The PS5’s Safe Mode menu gives the user access to the system’s most basic troubleshooting features. It can be used when your PS5 is acting up to fix a lot of data or display issues you may be experiencing.

Below is a list of all the PS5 Safe Mode features and what you can use them for:

  1. Reboot PS5: This option just restarts your console. It is also one of the methods you can use to exit safe mode.
  2. Change video output: This setting allows you to choose from two options: Change resolution to 480p or Change HDCP mode. This option can be used to solve display problems such as blank screens. If you feel like your PS5 screen isn’t working as powerfully as it could be, you can also enable 120HZ output on your PS5 from the system settings to improve performance.
  3. Update System Software: Updating your PS5 system software from safe mode is one of the three ways you can update your console. To learn more about the other methods you can use, check out our guide on how to update your PS5.
  4. Restore Default Settings: This will reset your console to its factory default settings. Any data stored on the console itself, such as games, will remain intact.
  5. Clear cache and rebuild database: Clearing the cache on your PS5 can help with performance drops you experience. Rebuilding the database will scan the drive and create a new database with all the content on your system. This can be useful for removing icons from deleted games that may remain on your home screen.
  6. Reset PS5: This setting is used to completely reset your PS5, including any user data present on your console. For that reason, it is highly recommended that if possible that you backup any data you wish to keep before resetting your PS5.
  7. Reset PS5 (reinstall system software): This option, as above, resets your console and also reinstalls the software. This option can be used in the most severe circumstances to start your system from scratch.

It’s worth noting that some of these options can delete some or all of the data stored on your PS5. So it is recommended that you regularly backup your data to a USB drive or Cloud Server, and especially before using Safe Mode.

Using Safe Mode on the PS5

Activating safe mode on your PS5 is very easy. In the event that you need to troubleshoot PS5, press and hold the power button for about seven seconds until you hear a second beep.

Since the console only works at the most basic level in safe mode, you cannot connect your controller via Bluetooth. The console will prompt you to plug in a controller through a USB port to navigate through the Safe Mode menu.

There are two ways to exit PS5 safe mode. You can choose the first option in the menu and restart your PS5, or just hold down the power button until the console shuts down. Your console will boot normally when you are ready to turn it back on.

Safe Mode can fix some but not all of your PS5 problems

Using Safe Mode on the PS5 is a great way to troubleshoot your console, but if they’re severe enough, Safe Mode may not be able to fix them completely. If the issues you are experiencing persist even after performing a hard reset, it is recommended that you bring your console in for repair or replacement.

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