If you’ve had a PlayStation 4 for a while, chances are it’s running a lot louder than when you bought it. Like most devices, dust builds up inside the system over time.

To keep your PS4 performing at its best, it is recommended that you clean your system periodically. To calm it down and remove all that nasty dust, follow our PS4 cleaning guide.

Warning. While this is a relatively simple process, be careful while doing it. We cannot be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your system. You may want to make sure that you back up your saved data. before proceeding just in case.

Now let’s see how to clean PS4.

Step 0: What You Need


Cleaning a PS4 is a relatively simple job, but it does require a few materials:

  • TR9 Torx screwdriver . PS4 uses T9 screws, but T8 screwdriver also must work. Make sure you get one with a security bit . I used this one, but if you have a Torx set it probably has the required tool.
  • Standard Phillips screwdriver . There are several screws inside the PS4 that need to be removed with this screwdriver. A smaller screwdriver will work better here.
  • Knife or other sharp object . You want this to take off the stickers covering the back screws of the PS4.
  • compressed air can . You will need this to throw out the dust. You can purchase them online or at stores like Walmart.
  • (Optional) Cotton swabs and/or cotton balls . If you like, you can use them to help you remove some of the dust. The cotton swab also helps you keep the fan from spinning. If you want to go further and further, try making a cleaning putty and use instead of this.
  • (Optional) Flashlight . It can be hard to see where the dust is hiding; a flashlight makes it easier to spot.
  • (Optional) Paper towel or piece of tape to secure the screws . You don’t want tiny screws to go missing, so it’s a good idea to store them somewhere. When removing screws, you can place them in the same order that you removed them, so you know where and where to go.

Please note that if you have an original PS4 model, opening the console and cleaning it will void your warranty (which is valid for one year after purchase). However, you can remove the cover from the Slim and Pro models without voiding the warranty. Chances are if you’ve had your PS4 long enough to accumulate dust, your warranty has probably expired.

We’ll show the steps for the original PS4 for this guide (since it’s the one I have, and the hardest one), and mention the differences for other models at the end.

Step 1: Turn off and unplug everything

Before you start cleaning your PS4, you must make sure that the console is turned off. If you see an orange light, then it is in rest mode (low power state) and you need to turn it off properly.

Turn on the console, then press and hold playstation button, to open the Quick Menu. Pass in Power > Turn off PS4 . Wait until all the lights on your PS4 turn off, then disconnect the power cable, HDMI cable, and anything connected to it, such as USB devices.


Bring your PS4 to a place where you have a place to work. Since you will be removing the screws, you should have a safe place to install them.

Just like when building a PC, you must take care not to create static electricity. Do not work on a shaggy carpet and try to only touch the plastic parts when cleaning.

Step 2: Remove the back stickers and screws

Now that your PS4 is ready to go, flip it over so the back is facing you and then flip it upside down. You will see three stickers along the «top» (which is actually the bottom of the system, corresponding to the power connector) which you must remove. Please note that if you are using a slightly updated model of the original PS4, you will only see one sticker and a screw here in the middle.


The middle one has a special warranty sticker that damages itself when removed. The other two are slightly thicker and may require more work. Use your knife or other pointed tool to peel back the corner of the sticker so it should come off easily. Be careful not to scratch your system while removing them.

Set them aside if you want to apply them later, or throw them away if you don’t care. Once you’ve removed the stickers, use a TR9 screwdriver to remove the screws at the bottom. They are short so they don’t need much effort. Be careful not to undress them, but put them in a safe place.


Step 3: remove the cover

Now that you have removed the screws holding the cover, you can remove it. Start at the back (facing you) and lightly pull on the edges. Don’t use a ton of force; while you are working with the PS4, the lid should come free. Pull it and remove it.


At this point, you can look inside the newly removed case and clean it of dust. Your compressed air can do without it; this is also a good place to use a cotton ball to wipe it off. Set the lid aside for now.

Back in the system, you can now see the fan, which is a good indicator of how dusty your system is. However, there is one more component that needs to be removed.

Step 4: Remove the power supply

You are almost there! Now you just need to unplug the power supply so you can access the heatsink. and perform the most thorough cleaning. There are five screws holding the power supply in place. Three of them use the same TR9 security screws as the back cover, while the other two use standard Phillips screws.

With the power supply at your side and the fan at the top right, the two Phillips head screws are closest to you on the far left and right of the power supply. Use your TR9 screwdriver to remove the other three screws.

Please note that if you are using a slightly updated model of the original PS4, you will see one screw in a different location. The T9 screw at the top left of the photo below will be a few inches taller than the T9 screw at the bottom.


The Phillips screws are longer than the others and are a bit harder to remove, so you may need to insert a knife or other thin object under the clamps to pull them up. When doing this, be careful not to bend the clamps.

Now you can remove the power supply. There is a cable underneath that connects it to the motherboard that you don’t need to remove and that you don’t want to accidentally unplug. Carefully grasp the power supply on both sides and lift it evenly. It may take some wiggle to get loose.

Once you’ve picked it up, gently flip it over on the left side so it’s gently resting while still connected.


Step 5: Blow out the dust

Finally, you have access to the heatsink and fan. Now it’s time to blow out the dust in your system.

Take a can of compressed air and insert a straw (if you have one) for a more thorough cleaning. Spray a few blasts of air from the PS4 first in case there is liquid in the tip.


Now use your canned air to blow short bursts of air around the PS4 to get rid of the dust. Be sure to check the corners for hidden dust (a flashlight can help here), and try to blow it out of the system and not further. You can also use your own cotton swabs or cotton balls to help you remove dust from the air.

When looking for accumulated dust, focus especially on the fan, heatsink, and outer edges of your PS4, as these are common areas for it.

Pay attention to a few important warnings when using canned air:

  • Never, never hold a can upside down . This will force the liquid out of the can and may damage the PS4.
  • Do not spray compressed air directly into the fan . Spinning the PS4 fan at extreme speeds can damage the circuitry. Before blowing air near the fan, make sure you either hold it with your finger or jam it with a cotton swab.
  • Use compressed air only in ventilated rooms . Canned air can disturb your skin and other parts of your body, and it is dangerous to breathe it in for a long time.
  • Spray in line . Constant air atomization will allow the jar to cool faster and be difficult to handle.


Step 6: Assemble the PS4

If you’re happy with your system cleanup job, it’s time to put everything back together.

First, carefully turn the power supply over and put it back in place. You will notice two prongs in the lower left corner; make sure they match up with the gap in the power supply.

Replace the five screws holding it in place. Remember the two on the bottom left and bottom right are longer Phillips head screws with clips. The remaining three screws are security.


Then replace the cover. Start at the front of the system (make sure you don’t have a back cover). Apply light pressure on all edges of the system to make sure it is secure. When done, it shouldn’t wiggle.

Now replace the TR9 screws on the back of the PS4. Be careful when screwing them back so as not to damage them. If you choose to keep the stickers, replace them now. The warranty sticker will look scratched; this is by design.

Your PS4 is now completely cleaned up and back together, but there’s another quick place you can check out to clean up.

Step 7: Clean out the hard drive bay (optional)

The PS4 has a separate hard drive bay that may or may not contain dust. It’s not important to check, but it’s worth taking the time while your system is down.

To access it, lightly press and slide the shiny part of your PS4 (on the left side when looking at it from the front) straight to the left. This will remove the cover and allow you to access the hard drive bay.


A simple Phillips head screw adorned with PlayStation button icons holds it in place. You can remove the hard drive if you like and remove any dust in the area. Then just put the hard drive back in, tighten the screw and put the cover back on.


Step 8: Perform a Database Rebuild (Optional)

You can now replace your PS4 and reconnect all cables.

The last step is optional, but since you’ve just cleaned up your PS4’s hardware, it’s time to optimize the performance of its software.

PS4 includes a utility called Rebuild Database, which optimizes all the data on your disk. Basically, it’s like defragmenting your computer. If you have your PS4 long enough to accumulate significant dust, chances are it could benefit from this operation too.

To access it, turn off your PS4 (not rest mode). After turning off, press and hold the button nutrition on the front of the console (upper button). You will immediately hear one beep; keep holding it until you hear a second beep. This boots the PS4 into safe mode.

Connect the controller to PS4 using the micro-USB cable, then press playstation button, to sync it. Choose an option Restore database and confirm it. Your PS4 will perform the operation.


The system says it may take some time depending on how much data you have. However, it took me no more than 15 minutes and I have almost 2TB of data on my hard drive. Once it completes, you will return to the main screen.

This does not delete your data, but it does have a few minor implications. The PS4 will once again show you notifications for basic tips that you’ve probably already seen. The home screen won’t show your recently played games, so you’ll have to track them manually once. And your PS4 will also check for updates for games you haven’t played in a while.

Once you do this, you should notice that your PS4 runs a little more smoothly in the menus.

Differences Cleaning PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro

To clean the fan on PS4 Slim, you don’t need to remove the warranty sticker. Removing the cover is also much easier. All you have to do is pull up the left and right corners on the front of your system. Pull the middle, then slide the cover back and it will open immediately.

From here, you will be able to see the fan even if it is covered with a lid. If your fan doesn’t look too dirty (a flashlight will help), you can spray some canned air into it and probably call it a day. Remember to use a Q-tip to prevent the fan from spinning.

For a complete cleaning, you need to unscrew a few screws from the cover and power supply. Since we are focusing on the original PS4, please see the video below for PS4 Slim instructions.

PS4 Pro is similar, but even simpler. Simply pull on the front left and right corners to loosen the cover, then slide it back. You can see the fan once you remove it, making basic cleaning easier.

Unfortunately, the heatsink is hidden deep within the PS4 Pro and requires almost the entire console to be taken apart. Therefore, you should stick to cleaning the fan. Check out the video below for more details.

Now your PS4 is all clean

Now you know how to clean your PS4! You should notice that it is much quieter than before, especially if you have been working with the system for years. While you could get even deeper into the system, it would require some potentially risky operations. It’s best to avoid damaging your system and stick with this basic purge.

In the future, take a brush, some compressed air, or a cotton swab along the outer edges of your system to remove dust from time to time. This should help prevent dust from accumulating inside so you don’t have to go through this process as often.

Some recommend placing plastic bottle caps or similar small items under the four corners of the console. This lifts it off the bottom surface and should help with airflow. Also, make sure your PS4 has room to breathe (don’t let it in confined spaces). Combined with this cleaning when needed, your PS4 should stay cool and quiet.

For more PS4 recommendations, see our Hard Drive Upgrade Guide and how to transfer PS4 data to a new system. If you followed this guide, show us your dusty PS4 photos in the comments below!

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