What Is Safe Mode on the PS5?
Safe Mode is a security feature available on the PS5 that starts the console with only essential services and selected drivers enabled. It enables the user to perform necessary operations like updating the system software, troubleshooting, and fixing errors, without risking data loss or damage to the console.
How to Enter Safe Mode on the PS5
Here are the steps to enable Safe Mode:
1. Turn off the PS5 console by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds.
2. After turning it off, press and hold the power button until you hear two beeps, one for the initial press of the button and another for holding it down for an extended period.
3. The PS5 will boot up into Safe Mode, and a menu will be displayed on your TV screen.
4. Now, connect your DualSense controller to the PS5 using a USB cable.
How to Use Safe Mode on the PS5
There are different options to choose from in the Safe Mode menu, depending on the nature of the problem you’re seeking to solve.
Below are some of the available options:
Restart PS5: This option will simply restart the PS5 and exit Safe Mode. It can be useful for troubleshooting minor issues.
Change Video Output: If the PS5 displays an error message such as, “The console has detected an error” and displays an on-screen message prompting you to change the video resolution or display mode, select this option.
Update System Software: If you’re unable to update the PS5 to its latest version using the regular method, select this option.
Rebuild Database: This option rebuilds the PS5’s database, which can help fix issues like corrupted or lost game data, slow performance, and game crashes.
Restore Default Settings: This option resets the PS5 to its factory settings, essentially removing all user accounts, data, and settings. You should use this only if you’re experiencing continual issues that cannot be resolved with other options.