So you’re ready to kick back and play your favorite game, but your PS5 won’t start and displays a blinking white light

If your PS5 displays a blinking white light that does not transition to solid white, you could be facing a hardware issue with your console. To fix the problem, try rebooting the console by holding down the power button for 15 seconds. Alternatively, you may need to reinstall the system software using safe mode.

Let’s look at why the white light error occurs and some quick steps to solve the issue. 

Why Is My PS5 Blinking a White Light?

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Usually, when the white light blinks and becomes solid, that does not indicate a problem. The problem occurs when the white light won’t stop blinking or turns blue. 

There are a number of known reasons why your PS5 might be blinking a white light and refusing to turn on. It is usually an indicator that there is a problem and these are usually the main culprits.

Internal Storage Device Failure

When the built in hard drive fails in its normal functions, it renders the operating system unable to read data from your console’s internal SSD and causes this error.

Your television and your console are not connected to each other properly

You might experience a blinking white light when the HDMI port or cable is faulty or the HDMI cable is plugged in incorrectly. This could also result in the screen not turning on.

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Possible motherboard failure

A motherboard failure can go on to cause a system failure. This will then cause the blinking white light as an indicator that your console is unable to process requests or carry out general operations.

A deteriorating PS5 processor

This usually causes the system to fail because the PS5 depends on its processor to operate. When the system fails, it causes the PS5 blinking white light error.

A deteriorating RAM chip

When the PS5’s operating system is not able to access data stored on the RAM chip, system failures occur.  This then causes the PS5 blinking white light error.

Software issues

A PS5 blinking white light glitch can occur if there is a severe problem with the software of the console. It can also be a problem with an app that has been installed. Problems such as poor line of code are very common. The PS5 blinking while light can indicate such a problem and shut down in an attempt to safeguard other software and the operating system in general.

It is highly likely that your video is blank while this is happening. It would be a good idea to try holding down the power button for a bit to turn off the console. This is a go-to fix for most minor console problems but it may not be so easy in this instance.

Keep reading to find out the Sony recommended solutions to this issue. 

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How Can I Fix The PS5 Blinking White Light?

Sony recommends that if a hard start doesn’t work, you should try these options. 

Unplugging your console

To do this, you need to follow these steps below:

  • Unplug the AC wire from the PS5 directly
  • Wait 30 seconds to make sure all the electricity is out of the console
  • Plug it back in

Examine the Connection Between Your HDMI and Your Television

The PS5 blinking white light error might occur if there is faulty connectivity to the television via the HDMI cord. 

Firstly, you should check the HDMI port of your console. You should check for any anomalies that might indicate that it is not in good condition. If the HDMI port seems broken or burnt, that means that it has probably stopped functioning properly. This results in the blinking white light.

If the television HDMI port and PS5 HDMI port look like they are in good condition, that is probably not the problem. You should then check the cable and its connectors for any indication that it might be faulty. 

It is advisable to clean your HDMI port from time to time as well.

Clean Your PS5

First of all, cleaning your console routinely, is the sanitary thing to do. But besides that, dirt, dust and debris can prevent some hardware components of your console from working properly. So before you panic, try cleaning your console. 

You’d need to clean everything from the vents to the fan to the motherboard and more. You can find out how to safely do so here.

Once you have cleaned everything, connect your console to power and turn it on. Check to see if you still get the PS5 blinking white light error. 

Reinstall System Software

If nothing above works, you might need to reinstall the system software using safe mode. Click here to find a guide on how to go about this.

We hope these methods have fixed your issue!

Once you fix the blinking white light problem, you should try to take precautionary measures. There are different action steps you can take to prevent this error. Keep reading to find out what these precautionary measures are. 

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How To Avoid The PS5 Blinking White Light Error

Here are a few steps to ensure that your console doesn’t have a blue light error going forward:

  1. Make sure you close the apps on your console and turn it off correctly.
  2. Clean your console regularly. 
  3. Update your system software in time

Conclusion

With the assurance that your PS5 can still go through troubleshooting when these errors occur, we hope that this article helps you avert this problem and get things running smoothly again. These steps have helped users everywhere with their PS5 blinking white light problems. If you’re still experiencing these problems, you can directly contact PlayStation 5 support. You can reach them via their website Play Station Support or by telephone at 1-800-345-7669.

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Spark Wit

Over 10 years of experience working as a technical support engineer. Highly skilled in fixing any technical issue, including app configuration and account setup, gaming errors, television problems, and any other electronics-related issue.

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