When your PlayStation 4 won't start up normally or something is wrong, it usually launches into Safe Mode so that you can fix the problem. There are several basic things you can do here like restarting it, updating it, and restoring it to factory settings. But what about when it keeps starting up in Safe Mode when it shouldn't? There are a few things you can try before you start worrying and need to send it in for repairs.

Unplug it

Yes, we're recommending the older sibling of "have you tried turning it off and back on again?" This is the simplest step, but surprisingly can be done incorrectly.

  1. Unplug your console's power cord from both the console itself and the outlet.
  2. Keep it unplugged for 20 seconds.
  3. Plug it back in and turn on your console.

Check HDMI cables

There could also be a problem with your HDMI cable that is causing it to boot up in Safe Mode, and there are a few ways to fix this.

  1. Unplug it and plug it back in to make sure it's in correctly.
  2. Swap out the old HDMI cord for a new one entirely.
  3. Try using your PS4 on another television. It could be the HDMI input on your display that has issues.

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Update, Rebuild or Initialize PS4

Note: Only initialize your PlayStation 4 as a last resort as it will factory reset the console and delete all of the data you have on it.

You should always try to update your console first to see if it fixes the problem before rebuilding its database. Try every option at your disposal before initializing it.

  1. Turn off your PlayStation 4.
  2. Press and hold down the power button for several seconds until you hear a second beep.
  3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PS4 via the micro USB charging cable.
  4. Press the PS button on your controller to turn on your console.
  5. Scroll down to and select either Update System Software, Rebuild Database, or Initialize PS4.

Pick up these great PlayStation 4 accessories and gift cards

PlayStation Network Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon)

You can never go wrong with a PlayStation Network gift card. Whether you're looking to purchase a game, some DLC, or your favorite app, you'll want to have some extra funds in your PSN wallet.

PlayStation Plus 12-month ($60 at Amazon)

Picking up a PlayStation Plus membership is the best way to get the most out of your console. With a membership set up on your primary PS4, you can share its benefits with your family, from discounts, online multiplayer, and even monthly free games.

HyperX ChargePlay Duo ($30 at Amazon)

Charge up your controllers without taking up that precious USB space on your console. The HyperX ChargePlay Duo can charge two at once in two hours through an AC adapter.

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