Getting Into Safe Mode and Why It’s Necessary For Your PS4


Every Windows user knows the frustration of entering Safe Mode. The PS4 also has Safe Mode, but it’s a bit different than what you might expect when looking at it from a Windows OS perspective.

This is an important tool that can help you resolve a variety of issues related to your console, and entering Safe Mode is the only way to perform some of the software update-related steps outlined earlier in this blog .

What is Safe Mode?

So what is safe mode? Actually, that’s pretty much what you think it is. This is a special boot mode with limited functionality designed to help you troubleshoot system issues. The menu contains some items found in the standard system menu, but most can only be accessed through this specific boot option.

Getting into Safe Mode Getting into Safe Mode is not that difficult, but you need to take some specific steps to do it.

Here’s what you need to do: Turn off the PS4.

  • Press and hold the power button for seven seconds until you hear the familiar beeps. Turn the PS4 back on, but do it like this: Hold down the power button
  • Listen for two beeps – one when you first press the power button and a second after about seven seconds. Use your PS4 controller but make sure it’s connected via a USB cable. Press the PS button on your controller.
  • Next, boot into Safe Mode. Once you are in safe mode, you will have access to various menu options.
  • Each of these items gives you access to key steps, tools, and features. However, if you’re having hardware rather than software problems, Safe Mode is of little use (other than reformatting your HD and the like, of course).

Reboot system – Select this option if you do not need to use any of the Safe Mode options and want to reboot the system under normal conditions.

Change Resolution – Allows you to change your screen resolution on reboot.

Update System Software – This is an important feature that allows you to download and install updated firmware and other software updates and patches.

Restore default settings – If you messed up something in the settings, this will bring you back to the factory settings (no software updates).

Rebuild Database – This option looks a little daunting, but it just scans your drive and creates a new database. However, it can be time consuming depending on the amount of information on the hard drive.

Initialize PS4 – This is one of the biggies. It removes all your data and settings and returns the system to a near-factory state. However, it does not delete firmware updates.

Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) – This is the option to select if you are reinstalling the operating system on the console or installing a new hard drive. You will definitely need a USB device connected as storage to use this. These options may or may not be helpful for your specific situation.

If they can’t help and your console is still under warranty, take advantage of that fact and let Sony repair or replace the PS4 at their expense. If the warranty is expired, follow the troubleshooting and repair steps in the previous posts to overhaul your system and get it running again.

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