How to update PS5 controller firmware manually

The PS5 controller needs to be updated relatively regularly in order to make use of the DualSense’s routinely upgraded features. However, the update screen can be annoyingly bypassed by users if they accidentally skip past it. This means that the controller won’t be updated, with users not knowing how to force manual update on the DualSense if they’ve unwittingly pressed circle and decided to refrain from updating the controller’s software.

Thankfully, there is a way to update the PlayStation 5 controller firmware manually in a few short and easy steps.

How to update PS5 controller firmware manually

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The PS5 controller firmware can be updated manually by disconnecting from the internet, altering the console’s date and time, and then reconnecting to the internet. This will see the system forcing the update through again, which you’ll need to do if you missed it the first time around.

Perform the manual controller update by following the below steps:

  1. Disable ‘Connect to the Internet’ from the Settings menu
    • This can be found by navigating to Settings then Network
  2. Change the PS5’s date to the following day
    • Go to Settings, then System, then select Date and Time
  3. Connect the PS5 controller to the PS5 via USB-C
  4. Restart the PS5
  5. Update the PS5 controller

After following the above steps, you can then connect your PS5 to the internet once again after updating the DualSense controller. You will have then received the latest update for the hardware, allowing you to enjoy whatever new DualSense features and improvements Sony has deployed.

For other PS5 fixes, console owners can check out our guide on how to prevent the controller from routinely disconnecting. Many have also been wondering how to read messages on the console, while junk messages across PSN have also proven to be a headache for both PS5 and PS4 users.