How to Sync a PS3 Controller to a Different PS3

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When you purchase a new PlayStation 3 (PS3) controller or try to use your PS3 controller on a friend's console, you must first sync the controller to the console you wish to use it on. Follow a simple procedure to sync a PS3 controller to a new console.

  • Using a PS3 controller charge cable -- the cable that connects your controller to a USB port on a PS3 -- connect the PS3 controller to the console with which you wish to sync it.

  • With the cable still inserted, press the "PS" button in the center of the PS3 controller.

  • The lights on the PS3 controller will flash for a moment, and a controller number will then be assigned to the new controller.

  • Your PS3 controller is now synced to the console, and you can unplug the charge cable. Repeat these steps when you want to sync your controller with a different console.

  • If you ever need to reset the Bluetooth connection of a PS3 controller entirely, locate the small pinhole on the back of the controller. By using a paper clip or other thin object to press the button inside this pinhole, you can reset your controller and its Bluetooth connection.

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