What is Safe Mode on PS4?
Safe mode is helpful to run only the necessary services of the firmware and blocking the external requests from interfering during downloads and updates causing them to fail.
You can start the safe mode to customize the services you want to run, diagnose potential errors in the system, block and replace corrupted files, reset to older settings and even wipe the storage to factory fresh.
What is the issue with my PS4?
The issue here is that you can’t get out of the safe mode no matter how many times you restart normally. There can be several reasons behind the safe mode death loop on your PS4 and sudden power cut while the system was running, forced shut down during a download or update, running corrupted files are few commonly observed reasons.
You should know that your Playstation 4 is in the safe mode death loop when you see this message.
“Connect a USB storage device that contains an update file for reinstallation for version 1.52 or later.”
It tells you to download a file, store it in the USB and then plug it and restart. But that didn’t work for most of the users either. If you face a situation like this, what you should do now is to try the methods under the next heading to go out of the safe mode.
Open Safe Mode Menu
One simple way to open the diagnostic menu in your Playstation 4 safe mode is to long-press the power button on the PS4.
- First, you need to shut down the PS4 normally.
- Press the power button and you hear a beep, but you have to hold the button till you hear the second beep.
- You need to connect your controller via a USB cable and press the PS button.
This will take you to the menu screen with many options. Some of these options are capable to solve your problem and we will try methods with the least loss of data.
How to get my PS4 out of safe mode?
Once you have reached the safe mode menu, you can see some options and each of these can be helpful to resolve your issue.
Here are the methods to get your PS4 out of safe mode:
Option#1: Normal Restart
You must have tried this but if not, you should do that because the restarting system can remove bugs and corrupted scripts from processing. Other than this, you should turn the PS4 off and leave it for a while to cool down. Then open the safe mode and restart from the safe mode menu. If it didn’t work, just move on to the next solutions.
Option#2: Screen Resolution
Lowering screen resolution to lower settings will reduce the load on the system and solve any existing problems with the default settings. Some Users had found this method to be effective and the system boots normally after restarting.
Option#3: Updating Software
There are some bugs in the system software and they can be resolved by installing a new update. You should try updating the system software and restart the system. This has a great chance of fixing the issue without risking any data loss as updates installations are disconnected from the stored files.
Option#4: Restore Default Settings
If updating the software did not work, you should try and restore all the settings to factory default and try rebooting the system. This normally does not destroy any of your files in the storage so you can try this without any worries. Also, it has a good chance of fixing the issue.
Option#5: Rebuild Database
If the above methods do not work, you can try a powerful debugging option that cleans the drive from any possible viruses. Rebuilding your database does not harm the data in your PlayStation even if you run it often. Rebuilding helps the console access data efficiently and get rid of corrupted files. Running this option can resolve this issue but it takes some time.
This solution is worth the wait as it has a high chance of solving your problem without damaging your data. In case it doesn’t, you might have to go for some brutal solutions.
Option#6: Initialize PlayStation 4
This option will wipe the data on your hard drive and only the data saved on the cloud will be saved. But if other methods don’t work, this is the only way you are left with. You can save your data by taking out the hard drive and trying to run it on a separate console or even a PC. Copy the data then initialize Playstation 4.
Your data will be wiped but the system software will still be there set to factory default. This is sure to solve the issue. Yet there is another solution.
Option#7: Reinstalling System Software
If you are wiping all your data, you should also wipe the system software and reinstall it all over. This will give you a fresh console with the best performance. We are sorry that you had to delete your data but this has been the case for many others. We recommend you send a report to Sony so they can fix this issue once and for all.
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Although PlayStation 4 is a great console, many bugs can ruin your experience. Sony claims to be working on the issues to resolve this problem. We suggest you avoid sudden power cuts to the console by either battery backup and store all the important files in the cloud.
We hope these solutions would’ve been helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this topic, let us know in the comments below.