PS5 controller clicking sound (why and how to fix it!) - TechProfet (2023)

If you are reading this, you are probably facing the PS5 controller clicking sound issue and wondering why this is happening all of a sudden if it wasn't before. In this guide you will find the answer to all your questions.

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Why is the PS5 controller suddenly making a clicking sound, is this normal and is there a way to stop it? How do you know if your PS5 DualSense controller is really damaged and what can you do if it is? I answer all of these questions and more in this guide.

Without wasting any time, let's dive right in.

PS5 controller clicking sound

Most people started the clicking noise with the L2 and/or R2 button, some people had the same problem with the L1 and R1 buttons as well. Finally, you may also hear the same clicking sound when you press the PS button on your PS5 controller.

This can happen with games like CoD Cold War (especially when switching weapons), Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Astro's Playroom, DIRT 5, No Man's Sky, etc. on your console. You may also notice this when going back to the menu from a game or back to the game from the menu. It can start with a game or two, and eventually you'll notice it in more games.

So the first question is – where is the clicking sound coming from and why?

The PS5 controller click sound comes from the adaptive trigger

The adaptive trigger is new for the PS5 DualSense controller, unlike the PS4 DualShock controller which produces different sensations when playing on the console. It features triggers, each with a separate geared motor that allows the controller to adjust tension and resistance during games that support the feature.

In some cases, hearing the clicking sound on your PS5 DualSense controller is perfectly normal and buying a new one won't stop it. Other times, your PS5 controller is defective and you need to have it repaired or replaced. How do you know what situation you are in? Read on to find out.

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When is it normal to hear the clicking sound?

The clicking sound usually comes from activating and releasing the resistance of thePlaystation 5adaptive Triggerfunktion.

So if you're playing games like Miles Morales or Call of Duty, the adaptive feature is on. When you exit the game and go to the main console menu, the adaptive function trigger voltage is released and you will hear the clicking sound. When you return to the game orany other PS5 game that supports the adaptive feature, you'll hear the click again when the feature turns back on. The same happens when you switch weapons during gameplay.

In such cases, this is more normal than a defective controller. In fact, getting a new controller doesn't help as you will still hear the clicking sound of the new controller right away since the problem is with the software and not the hardware.

You can also hear the clicking sound when you press the PlayStation (PS) button during gameplay. The reason for this is that in some games, pressing the PS button toggles it on and offthe adaptive feedback function.

As a practical example, if you try to press L2+R2 while playing CoD Cold War, you will eventually feel resistance. Then press the PS button on your controller (you should hear a clicking sound) and try pressing L2 + R2 again, you should no longer feel the resistance. That's because you disabled the adaptive feedback feature by pressing the PS button during CoD's Cold War. In some other games, the square button serves this purpose.

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What can you do to stop the clicking noise?

If the clicking sound is disrupting your gaming experience and you want it to stop (Assuming your controller isn't actually defective, more on that later), there is only one thing you can do –Turn off the intensity of the PS5 Adaptive Trigger effect in the settings. That's how it's done:

  • Go to the PS5 homepageThe definition(You can find the icon in the top right corner of the home screen)

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  • In Settings, clickAccessibility

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  • then go toController > Trigger Effect Intensityand switch to'Out of'

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After that, the PS5 controller click sound will stop.

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How do I know if the controller is defective?

If the PS5 controller click sound continues continuously (like a heartbeat but clicking) even when you are not playing games or just toggling the adaptive function with any button, thenYour controller is probably defective.

The adaptive trigger spring in the console may be weak or even broken and need to be replaced. One thing you can do first is see if you can play the same sound with a different controller (if you have more than one). If the same thing happens with a different controller, your controller is probably to blame.

In this case, if your PlayStation 5 is still under warranty, you can request a replacement or repair from Sony. If not, you can just get a new DualSense controller and the clicking noise should stop.

To proceed and request a warranty repair, you must obtain a return authorization and shipping instructions. To get it, call 1-800-345-7669🇧🇷 You can also return it to the store where you bought it.

On the other hand, if you bought the day-of-release edition or later and the warranty has just expired, you can still contact Sony to see if there's anything they can do about it. Alternatively, you can simply order a new controller.

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I hear a clicking sound when I move the PS5 controller's JoyStick

This is clearly a hardware defect and you need to fix it. If it doesn't affect your gaming experience in any way, you can just ignore it.

However, if you can't ignore it, you can contact Sony for a replacement or repair if it's under warranty.

You can try blowing air into the small holes around the broken JoyStick. Alternatively, you can also clean it with a cotton swaba littleIsopropyl alcohol (DO NOT submerge the swab in isopropyl alcohol as this can completely damage the controller! Just add a little to wet it).

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The PS5 controller makes clicking noises due to the adaptive function in the DualSense controller. You may notice it when opening or closing certain games on the PlayStation console as the adaptive feedback feature is turned on and off respectively.

You can also notice if youPress the PS button on your controllerThis also toggles the adaptive trigger on and off in games like Call of Duty. In some other games, the square button does this job, and it's perfectly normal. In these cases it is a software issue and a new driver will not help.

However, if the PS5 controller click sound persists for a long time even if you don't play games or just turn on or off the adaptive function, the trigger spring is probably broken and you need to repair or replace the controller. The same applies if you hear a clicking sound when moving the joystick.

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