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How To Fix PS4 Safe Mode Loop

Some PS4 users have been complaining about the PS4 Safe Mode loop problem where the PS4 system gets stuck in Safe mode and the users cannot get it back to normal mode. Here we will discuss about how to fix PS4 Safe Mode loop issue.


Safe Mode  allows a user to start the console with minimum required functionality. You can manually initiate your PlayStation by pressing and holding down the power button. You then release the button after two beeps or after 8 seconds. The Safe Mode in a PlayStation 4 console is characterized by the console LED lighting turning blue.

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How To Fix PS4 Safe Mode Loop

In Safe mode boot loop, the console is unable to boot into normal mode mainly because it is unable to read necessary firmware files that are used during boot time, but it is different from the infinite boot loop. Once the console goes into safe mode, you are presented with a menu that has 7 available options that may fix start-up issues and enable your console to start in normal mode.

These are the methods which you need to follow to fix PS4 Safe mode loop 


PS4 Safe Mode Loop
  1. Restart the PS4 – This is straight-forward. The Console will try to restart with minimal or no changes in the current system settings.
  2. Change Resolution – The console will set the screen resolution default to 480px when it restarts. The console will restart by itself once this option is chosen.
  3. System Software Update – The PlayStation 4 console will be able to update the system’s firmware by downloading from the Sony servers or USB Drive that contains the necessary PUP file. After the update is successfully installed, the console will boot normally.
  4. Default Settings Restore – The PlayStation 4 console will boot with factory settings and you’ll be required to set the time zone together with a few other console settings. After a power outage, the console might lose important xmb files, this option will be likely to restore the missing files.
  5. Database Rebuild -This is basically a defragmentation tool where the console scans the drive, clears issues and frees up memory in the Hard Disk Drives. The period of operation depends on the number of items in the memory which includes xmb files. This option makes your console faster in receiving and sending messages. 
  6. Initialize PS4 – All user data and console settings stored will be erased by performing this step. All user data are deleted and the PS4 console is restored. This method is the equal of the “Initialize PS4” option in the console Settings menu when in normal mode. The System firmware is not erased and the user resolution is set to 480px. You can login to your PlayStation Network with your account login details and be able to access freebies offered to PSN users.
  7. PS4 Initialize (System Software Reinstall ) – All stored data in the Hard Disk Drive are deleted, same as in option 6, including the System firmware and later reinstall the firmware.


If neither of the above options work:

  1. Try installing a new Hard Disk Drive in the PlayStation and use option 7 above.
  2. Pull the power cable out for a couple of minutes. Plug the cable back in and a progress bar will pop up. A second pop-up window will be seen to be repairing databases. Once it is finished, the console will boot up normally. 
  3. You could contact Sony and inform them what happened and register the issue. They might ship a replacement console to your address.


  1. I tried all of them and not one of them is working on my system i have reinstalled that thing like over ten time now and it’s still telling me to install the newest software.i have been using the PlayStation from I was 5 and now I’m 25 years old and it’s the first time I’m thinking of getting an XBOX .HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

  2. cant get my playstation 4 off safe mode.. its says connect a USB storage device that contains an update for version 6.51 or later. I hit ok , then it says the USB storage device is not connected with a code (SU-41333-4)

  3. Man guys I was freaking out too. I have a PlayStation Pro and it was stuck in the safe mode loop. I tried every option except completely erasing everything, so I hit the update system option. I plugged my LAN cable into internet n PlayStation and it started updating thank goodness! Give that a try if all else fails.. Good luck

  4. Mine turns on then a blue light comes on (in safe mode) then it turns off anyone else have this problem could this fix it? Could my power button be stuck? It’s the limited edition WW2 model help!!!

  5. This page is so fucking helpful that it saved my PlayStation from a pissed off me with a sledgehammer. I was a broken testicle hair away from breaking my PS4. Too bad this wasn’t around 3 years ago when my PS4 first did it. It was a pain in the ass to do this using a flash drive.

  6. I have a PS Pro and Not only was it in the safe mode loop but the power button wouldn’t work as well. I have tried every fix possible short of taking the system apart. Nothing works so I called PlayStation customer service and although my system was out of warranty by a few months instead of charging me $150 to fix the system because that’s what it costs to fix a pro instead of the normal $99 they waive the fee. That tells me they know this is an issue that needs to be addressed. And all you people saying go to Xbox I own one of those as well and after the second system that needed to be resurfaced I’ve pretty much said fuck Xbox PlayStation is a better system with better games I gave the Xbox to my eight-year-old and I still have to fight with him because he’d rather use my PlayStation. I will always own both systems in every generation but I hope Xbox steps it up next go-around

  7. I just went through this safe mode loop bullshit, not only that my power button wouldn’t work as well. As irritating as that is all you people saying go back to Xbox AR complete tool sheds I own Xbox as well and I’ve already had to replace two of those systems. PlayStation is a better system with better games and that is the end of the story. But once you get into this safe mode loop and if your power button is not working as well you are pretty much screwed I have a PS Pro and I was not taking the whole thing apart trying to fix it. but I reinstalled all the software and I did everything I could possibly do short of taking it apart and nothing worked so I had to send the system in for servicing and although I was a few months past my warranty instead of charging me $150 because that’s what they charge for a pro to be serviced they gave it to me for free. That tells me they know it’s an issue and they should be working on the fix

  8. My PS4 will not accept my new controllers. Will not register it to the console. Can someone tell me how to fix this? Please

  9. I Have The PS4 That Doesn’t Have A Power Button,It Has A Motion Senser??? How Do I Get Past That??? F’N Pissed Right Now!!!!

  10. There is no way to fix it because I keep doing the same thing it restarts my whole PlayStation delete everything I have to download all my games again how to download YouTube Facebook Netflix everything this is bullshit PlayStation don’t need to fix this shit or I need to go back to Xbox I hate PlayStation right now I’m about to sale this shit!!

  11. So annoying completely lost it and everything on it turned itself on after loads of attempts and it turned on everything wasn’t there

  12. How can I get my ps4 out of safe mode..damn power button want work is there any solutions to can I get safe mode off without power button

  13. Power button was stuck down lost my shit for a whole hour their, please can you add a number 4 stating to check the power button to make sure it’s not stuck in would help others I think

  14. This problem makes Ps4s seem like total crap.

    Mines currently doing this right now, I updated it in safe mode but after it installed it goes to a semi safe mode menu and says I need to install it again and fails to do so. So frustrating.

  15. Thank you! the power button that I’ve never pushed in my life was stuck on the very top had to use a toothpick and popped the button forward started updating immediately after that… Again thank you

  16. had the safe mode loop. did not want to restore defaults and lose data. decided to use button on console instead of controller, come to find out power button is somehow half way stuck. I don’t recall ever using power button on console (possibly mistaken for eject) reguardless. try f*cking with your power button first

  17. Just had this problem myself and my system isn’t a day old from getting it. Got it to safe mode after it crashed, and wouldn’t start afterwards, tried to initialize, it ran the progress bar then shut off the system. Push the power button, starts into safe mode. Nothing worked. Unplugged it for 5 to 10 minutes, and tried again. Finally after an hour it reinitialized.

  18. Man this is sooo fucked. I just spent two hours of starting, shutting off, restarting, trying to rebuild and initialize and the loop kept going and going. I read others getting a code about a card with insufficient funds. I deleted my cards, unplugged it. Waited for like 5 min plugged it back in and it started to turn on then turn right back off. Finally after about for or five tries of manually putting the playstation(holding the power button until you hear a second beep after about 7 seconds) i was able to get it to stay on the safe mode screen and select restore default settings. The screen flashed the ps logo then went to the initializing progress bar, flashed the logo again and started up as if it were brand new. I am currently reinstalling gta v which is gonna take a bit of course but im just glad i got it figured out. There was about to be a bunch of ps4 pieces on the street in front of my house.

    1. Mine allows me to reinitialise but it errors for everything when it starts up and wont let me download and atuff then wen i restart it it just goes back to the safe mode which tells me to use a usb to download the system

    2. Mine allows to dowbnload the 6.0 update. After updating though, it just goes back to the infinite save mode loop. Should i try the restore default setting option if this is the case? I dont want to lose my saved games. 2k was frcking hard to grind. Please help!!!!

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