Open the console and also clean the PS4 fan
Knowing how to clean a PS4 can come in handy if it is no longer functioning properly or if the fan is too loud. You should also clean your console before you sell or give away your PS4.
The instructions in this article apply to original models of PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim.
When to clean your PS4
Although the PlayStation 4 is ruggedly built, dust can build up inside the console over time. Cleaning your PS4 can help prevent hardware failure due to overheating. If you can hear the PS4 fan running, it’s a good sign it needs cleaning. A good cleaning can also be helpful if your PS4 won’t connect to Wi-Fi.
You shouldn’t have to clean the inside of your PS4 unless you notice performance issues, like a console that heats up or turns off suddenly. Frequent overheating can cause permanent damage to the hardware of the PS4, which is why you should open your PS4 and clean the fan as soon as possible.
Opening your PS4 will void the warranty. If you have purchased your PS4 within the past year, please contactSony PlayStation customer support to report any issues with your console.
PS4 cleaning kit
You will need the following items to thoroughly clean your PS4 inside and out:
- A T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver
- A small Phillips screwdriver
- Dry microfiber fabric
- Cotton pads
- Soft bristle toothbrush
- A can of compressed air
When cleaning the exterior of your PS4, use microfiber cloths to avoid damaging the console. To remove dirt, you can use a rag and a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol.
Make sure the area where you keep your PS4 is kept clean so that the console doesn’t get dusty.
The images below are of the PS4 Slim model, but you can follow these instructions to clean any PlayStation 4 console:
- Make sure your PS4 is turned off and everything is unplugged.
- Use compressed air to clean the USB ports on the front of the console, the ports on the back, and the ventilation holes on the side of the device. Gently use a toothbrush or cotton swabs to remove any remaining debris.
Hold the compressed air box upright and 15cm away from the console to prevent moisture from entering the internal components of your PS4.
- To remove the outer case, gently lift the top cover of the PS4 from the front of the console. Clean the dust inside the housing with a cloth.
To open an original PS4 model, you must remove the warranty stickers on the back of the console and use a T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws.
- Place your finger on the center of the fan to hold it in place, then apply compressed air in short bursts to blow the dust out of the fan.
Do not let the fan run while blowing air into it. A rotating fan can cause an electrical short circuit.
- Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the black plastic cover near the back end of the console.
The screws are in different places on the original PS4 model. Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver with your Phillips screwdriver to remove them all.
- Use the T8 or T9 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the metal plate in place under the plastic cover.
- Unscrew the remaining screws, then lift the plate that covers the fan so that you can clean the inside of the PS4 with compressed air and the toothbrush. Insert a cotton swab between the fan blades to hold it in place so that it does not spin while you clean the other components.
On the original PS4 model, you need to remove the power supply. Gently lift it up and place it on its side. Be careful not to unplug the cable.
- Let the inside of the console air dry for half an hour, then reassemble your PS4.
If your controller is behaving awkwardly, make sure it is correctly synchronized with the PS4. If you still have problems, try cleaning it.
Disconnect all cables and blow compressed air on the controller. Make sure the slits around the buttons, analog handles, and ports are clear, then wipe the face of the controller with a dry microfiber cloth. Use a damp cloth if necessary, but be careful to avoid the charger ports or the headphone jack. Allow the controller to dry before plugging anything into the ports.
If cleaning the controller does not solve your problems, try reset your PS4 controller.