How to connect an additional DualSense controller to your PS5
So you finally got off the hook a PS5 and now you want to connect your DualSense controllers. Connecting the first one is relatively straightforward as Sony explains to you the first time you turn on the PS5.
But what about the second DualSense Controller and is connecting it to the PS5 just as easy? In short, yes. It’s pretty easy to do and it doesn’t take a lot of time either. But since you don’t get a console walkthrough with additional DualSense controllers, we’ve put together this how-to guide to walk you through it ourselves.
And once you know how to hook up your extra DualSense controllers to the PS5, you can hook up a few more quickly if you end up with more than one or two. But why would you want to connect more than one DualSense controller you ask? The way we see it, there is more than one reason.
Why you might want to connect additional DualSense controllers to your PS5
One reason is quite obvious. You plan to play with friends or family. Maybe you have an older or younger sibling that you end up playing around with a bit. You will need a second controller.
It was a common Saturday morning for me and my older brother with the original PlayStation when we were kids. And again when we got the PS2. But in recent years, my reasons for wanting to connect more than one controller to my console have changed.
Even though I don’t play local co-op games, it’s still nice to have additional DualSense controllers hooked up to my PS5. And the reason is the battery life. Some days I often play for long sessions. Take breaks between my games. Like me, you might decide to get up early on a Saturday morning and dive into one of your favorite games. For me, it’s Final Fantasy XIV.
Then before you know it, you’ve been playing for 4 or 5 hours and your controller battery is almost dead because you forgot to charge it the last time you used it. This is where the second or even the third controller comes in handy. If it’s already charged and paired, you can just turn off whatever controller you were using and change it. In other words, if you want to keep playing.
How to connect additional DualSense controllers to your PS5
First of all, you need to make sure that you have additional controllers. Or at least one more controller. If you’ve already passed this step, go ahead and move on. Obvious, we know it, but we say it anyway.
Make sure your new controller is turned off
You will need to make sure your new DualSense controller is powered off to pair it to your PS5. If it’s on, simply hold down the PlayStation button until the light bars on the sides of the touchpad turn off.
It’s not too different when you need to pair a new set of headphones or bluetooth earbuds to your phone. As these usually need to be in a powered off state before they can enter pairing mode. It’s the same idea here.
Go to the console settings menu
To connect a new device, in this case a new DualSense controller, go to the settings menu of your PS5. Once there, you will need to scroll down to the “Accessories” menu. As this is where you can find options to connect new devices including more controllers.
Open general settings, then go to Bluetooth accessories
Once you open this menu, the PS5 will show you the devices that are already connected, as well as any accessories that it has found that you may want to pair. Now it’s time to put your DualSense controller into pairing mode so the console can find it.
Hold the Create and PlayStation buttons simultaneously
For a brand new controller that has never been associated with the console before, or has been removed from the console, press and hold the Create button and the PlayStation button at the same time. Continue to hold these buttons down for a few seconds and the lights should start blinking.
If the lights are flashing on the controller, then it is ready to be discovered by the console. If the console does not detect the DualSense controller, exit the menu and try again. You may need to turn off the controller and then put it into pairing mode before returning to the Bluetooth accessories menu again.
Use the already paired DualSense controller to select the new
To finalize the pairing of the new controller, you will need to use the already paired controller to select the new one and connect it. This will disconnect the other controller. And after that, you’re almost done. But there is one more step.
Update your newly connected DualSense controller
As soon as you connect your new DualSense controller, you will be prompted to update it. As there will be at least one software update that Sony has offered for the DualSense. And since this is a new controller, it probably doesn’t have it.
To update the controller, connect it to the PS5 using the USB cable that came with your console. Once the controller is wired, you will be able to click the “Update” button on the screen to start the software update. It should only take a minute or two, as the update file is not very large.
Now the new DualSense controller is paired and connected to the PS5 and it is ready to use.
Switching between DualSense controllers
Now that you have a new controller paired with the PS5, you may need to switch between them. Doing this is also pretty straightforward. All you have to do is pick up the controller and press and hold the PlayStation button as if you were turning on the console.
This will automatically connect the second controller and disconnect the first. If you want to log it in for local co-op play, be sure to select a different user profile. This will allow both controllers to stay connected to the PS5 at the same time for co-op play.