How to Fix a Ps3 Controller That Won’t Turn on

Ever been in a situation where you press the power button on your ps3 controller, but it won’t turn on? This can be really frustrating if you’re trying to play games or use the controller for other purposes. However, ps3 controllers are not difficult to fix and don’t cost much.

How To Fix A Ps3 Controller That Won't Turn On

All you need is a few minutes of time and some tools from around your house that likely already exist. So this guide will tell you how to fix a ps3 controller that won’t turn on and also give you some maintenance tips!

Things You’ll Need

  1. Phillips Head Screwdriver
  2. Small Flathead Screwdriver
  3. Three (or more) Duracell Batteries

Instructions: How to Fix a Ps3 Controller That Won’t Turn on 

Step One: Remove the Six Phillips Head Screws 

Remove the six screws from the back of your ps controller. Be careful not to drop any as they are small and could get lost easily.

Step Two: Remove the Top Cover 

Gently lift off the top cover and set it to the side. You may want to take a quick photo of your controller before doing this in case you need to reference something later in this article. This way, it’ll be easier for you and whoever is helping to see what’s going on with the diagram in front of them, rather than guessing based on memory.

Step Three: Find How Your Battery Connects To The Motherboard 

Three wires connect the battery pack to the motherboard. One is orange and goes from one side to the other. Another is black and has wires coming out of both sides. The third connection is black, with a yellow wire leading from one side.

Find How Your Battery Connects To The Motherboard

Step Four: Replace the Battery Pack With A New One 

The next step would be to replace these batteries with new ones. You can use Energizer brand battery packs (available in most stores). Once you have your two replacement battery packs, place them into their loops on the motherboard and snap your top cover back onto the controller.

Step Five: Turn the Controller On

Plug your controller cord into a PS-compatible TV and press start – you should see “AC Power” on the screen. If not, make sure to reconnect any loose connections.

Step Six: Try Your Controller Out

Play around with your controller to test it out! You can resume playing games or just go through the controller’s functions to see if it works properly. If your controller isn’t turning on, you might have a faulty motherboard or another component of the controller that needs replacing.

Tips To Maintain Your Ps3 Controller

1) Clean Your Controller Regularly

The most important thing you can do to make sure your controller lasts for a long time is clean it regularly. How often depends on how much use the controller gets, but cleaning up after video games should be done at least once every few months or so, with more intense sessions when they’re played heavily during that period.

Clean Your Controller Regularly

2) Replace Your Controller Batteries

If your controller doesn’t seem to last as long on a charge, that might be because the batteries need replacing. The lifespan of most controllers is about five years or so, and it’s easy enough to swap out those burned-out AA cells for new ones with time and effort.

3) Test Your Controller

Sometimes, your controller might not be working because the hardware is malfunctioning instead of anything else. A good way to test this theory and see if you need a new controller or just some repairs done on it would be to take your battery pack off for about 30 seconds, put them back in again, and turn it on. If the controller still doesn’t turn on, some of its hardware may have malfunctioned, and you’ll need a new one.

4) Keep Your Controller in a Safe Place

It’s important to keep your controller safe when you’re not using it so that if something goes wrong with it while you aren’t playing the game or whatever else, then at least there’s some chance of getting things fixed.

5) Give a Break to Your Controller

It’s also important to give your controller a break sometimes. For example, if you’re playing for hours straight on the same game, it might be worthwhile to take some time off between play sessions so that there are plenty of opportunities for things to cool down and fix themselves.

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Frequently Asked Questions: How To Fix A Ps3 Controller That Won’t Turn On

How Do I Fix My Ps Light Issue?

Check to see if your controller has enough battery power by pressing the PS button on the bottom right-hand side of your screen. If there isn’t any color in shape underneath PS, charge for 15 minutes before troubleshooting instructions.

How Do I Fix My Ps Light Issue

To figure out what else might be wrong with your controller, ensure all cables are plugged into an outlet properly and then check each connection point (the cable-to-controller plugs) for dirt/dust build-up and try using a cotton swap to clean them. If the controller still doesn’t turn on, try holding down the PS button for about five seconds and then re-plugging it into an outlet and turning it back on again.

How Can I Get a New Ps Controller?

The best option is to replace your old PlayStation Controller with a brand new one like this Dualshock Wireless Pad from Sony Play Station! You can also buy an extra Micro USB Cable that will keep you going in case of emergencies. Still, we recommend taking care of your device as soon as possible by following our troubleshooting tips for when something goes wrong.

How Can I Clean My Playstation Controller?

The best method to clean your Dual Shock Wireless Controller is using a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. This will remove the dirt, dust, grime, and other particles that might prevent the console from powering on. You should also avoid spraying any liquids directly onto your device, which may damage it.


Here are the steps mentioned to fix your controller. You can read our blog for more information on how to fix a ps3 controller that won’t turn on. We hope this article has been helpful; feel free to share it with others who might need help with their controllers in the future. Stay tuned next week when we discuss another video game-related topic that will interest gamers everywhere.

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