How to Fix DS4Windows Not Detecting Controller Issue?

If you’re having trouble detecting your PlayStation controller in DS4Windows, then you’ve come to the right place. DS4 is a software or controller configuration tool that lets you emulate an Xbox 360 controller using a DualShock 4. A lot of users have reported receiving the “No Controllers Connected(max4)” error and haven’t figured out a viable solution to fix it. If you’re one of these people, worry no more! Below we’ll explain some of the best solutions to fix this error so you can get back to playing your favorite games.

How To Fix DS4Windows Not Detecting Controller

A lot of PC games require you to have an Xbox 360 controller in order to play. Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of owning both a PS4 and Xbox controller. Luckily for us, the DS4Windows software lets us emulate an Xbox controller using your DualShock PlayStation controller.

The only issue is getting it connected and set up. If DS4Windows is unable to detect your controller, it could be due to a number of reasons. This could vary from corrupted driver and software installation files to simply have a faulty controller cable. Below we’ve listed a set of possible solutions that have helped many users like you overcome this issue.

Method 1: Uninstall HID-Compliant Game Controller Driver

HID-Compliant Game Controller is one of the main drivers that are installed when you plug in a PS4 controller into your PC. Sometimes the driver files cannot be detected by DS4Windows, hence the best solution is to uninstall it and let DS4 attempt to detect it again. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Close DS4Windows and unplug your PS4 controller.
  2. Open Control Panel, go to Hardware and Sound, and then click on Devices and Printers.
  3. Now, connect your PS4 controller to your computer. After a few seconds, the “wireless controller” icon should appear. Right-click on it and select “Properties”.
  4. Click on the “Hardware” tab and double-click on “HID-compliant game controller”.
  5. Click on the “Change Settings” button and select the Driver tab.
  6. Next, click on “Uninstall Device” and select Uninstall when the pop-up appears. 
  7. Now open DS4Windows and unplug and replug your PlayStation controller.
  8. Your controller should now be detected by DS4Windows and the blue light should appear on your controller(indicating successful pairing).

Method 2: Re-install DS4Windows

It’s quite possible that the DS4Windows software is out of date or has faulty installation files. Both of these issues can prevent it from detecting your controller. The best way to fix this is by simply doing a clean reinstall of DS4. You can follow the steps below if you need any guidance uninstalling DS4Windows:

  1. Search for “add or remove programs” from your start menu.
  2. Under the Apps & Features Settings page, search for “DS4 Windows“. Click on the application and select uninstall.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can go on over to the DS4Windows website and download the latest version of their software.

Method 3: Try A Different Controller Cable

This may not sound like a fix but you’ll be surprised how many people were able to get their controllers working simply by changing their controller’s cable. If you have a faulty or broken cable, your computer may not recognize your device, hence DS4Windows won’t be able to detect your controller.

You should also try out different USB ports on your computer just to makes sure you don’t have a dead port. Additionally, connect your DS4 Controller to a different computer to ensure that nothing is wrong with the controller itself.

Method 4: Reset Your DS4 Controller

Resetting your DS4 controller can help with connection and pairing issues when DS4Windows is trying to detect it. Have you ever wondered what that small hole on the back of your DS4 controller is? It’s the reset button and we’ll show you how to use it.

  1. Make sure you unplug your controller from your computer before moving on to the next step.
  2. Locate the reset button on the back of the controller. It can be found near the L2 shoulder button (use the image provided for reference).
  3. Use a small tool with a flat end such as a paper-clip or pin and push it down the hole gently. Once you can feel the button being pushed down, hold the tool there for roughly 3-5 seconds.
  4. Now replug your DS4 controller back into your PC and see if DS4Windows is detecting it. If done successfully, your controller should glow blue.

Method 5: Use Device Manager To “Scan For Hardware Changes”

Windows is usually able to detect any new external hardware inserted into your computer automatically. However, sometimes that’s not the case. If for some reason your DS4 controller isn’t being detected by Windows, you can use the hardware manager known as “Device Manager” to check for new hardware devices.

To do this, simply search for “Device Manager” from your start menu and open it from the results. Next click on the “Action” menu and select “Scan for hardware changes”. This will refresh the Device Manager to show if any new devices are connected.

Your DS4 controller will usually be listed under the USB Devices section. Once it appears, open DS4Windows and see if it is able to detect your controller.

Final Words

We hope with the help of this guide you were able to get your DS4 controller connected to your PC. Moreover, let’s also hope that future games provide improved support and compatibility for PS4 controllers. Then, we won’t be required to use Xbox 360 controller emulators in the first place. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below. We’ll gladly assist you!

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