Why Does PS5 Turn on When TV Turns On?

many PS5 users are often left somewhat befuddled when their PS5 turns on by itself, with the only input being that you happened to turn on your TV.  

This is rather confusing for first-time users unless of course, you’re already aware as to why. You didn’t so much as glance at the PS5, and yet, through mystical or technological prowess, it wills itself to turn on without so much as a warning. So Why does your PS5 turn on when your TV turns on?

The PS5 is equipped with HMDI-CEC capabilities which will turn on your PS5 once you turn on your TV. However, this feature can be easily disabled by simply going into your Settings and finding the appropriate option.

Let’s now take a look at PS5’s HDMI-CEC capabilities & how you can turn it off, as well as other reasons that can randomly turn on your PS5. Let’s dive in!

Why does the PS5 turn on when the TV is powered up? 

There are a few reasons, the first being that the HMDI-CEC is enabled. The HDMI-CEC is the HDMI Consumer Electronics Control that could be responsible for the PS5 turning on by itself. See, if it’s directly routed to the TV via the HDMI-CEC, the PS5 is being routed power through the cable, and it reads the signal from both the tv and the remote to turn on.  

But, if the system is connected through a passthrough (like a cable block) device, then it might be something else. 

The PS5 might also just be in rest mode, and you can tell that it’s in this state via the orange light it gives. It will also randomly turn itself fully on during rest mode to download new update files. It will also do so to upload cloud storage files if you have that option enabled. 

So, we’ve found a few reasons as to why the PS5 powers up on its own , but is there anything you can do to stop this? 

To address the first issue, that being the HMDI-CEC, then you don’t have to unplug anything or go through several hoops. What you need to do is follow these simple steps. 

  1. Turn on the PS5. 
  2. Select a profile and go to the home screen. 
  3. Go to Settings from the menu. This should be in the upper left option. 
  4. Once you get to the settings, go to Systems. 
  5. Select the HDMI option. 
  6. There will be several options for you to choose from, but for now, you want the “Enable HDMI Device Link” option. 
  7. If the option is labeled as solid white, then you need to select it to disable the feature. 

There’s also the Remote Play feature

Remote Play is a feature that allows a Windows PC to be connected to the PS5 or the PS4, and you can play PlayStation games from those devices. I.E: if you wanted to play God of War (2018) on the PC, now you can.  

But, this also may be why the PlayStation turns on it by itself, as you could be activating it inadvertently if you have that option enabled. 

Like before, you need to go into System from the Settings options.  

Then, find the Remote Play option and disable it, just like with the HDMI Device Link option. 

Finally, the most drastic option I can think of to keep the PS5 from activating by itself is to cut off its internet access. See, everything I mentioned up till now requires some form of bandwidth to connect to, like the Rest Mode downloading files or uploading to the Cloud Storage.  

But, without internet access, none of that matters

To disable the PS5’s connection, you need to once more go into Systems and finding Power Settings. 

Find “Features Available in Rest Mode”  

You’ll find two options, “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable Turning PS5 on from Network.” 

Each has its function, the former being for downloading or updating files during rest mode, and the latter for allowing turning on the PS5 from a PC device for Remote Play to work. 

Like the previous two functions, if the label for “Stay Connected to the Internet” is white, then it is on, and to disable it, just select it. 

The other function, “Enable Turning PS5 on from the Network,” requires you to select it and change it to “Off” instead. 

Finally, you can also change the PS5 to Offline mode, where the PS5 won’t connect to the internet at all. But, it may also still be turned on via the HDMI-CEC if you haven’t deselected that option already. 

So, Let’s Recap

The PS5 has a habit of turning itself on, and that can be rather annoying for users who just want to watch TV. In order to prevent this, check to see if your HDMI-CEC is directly connected to the TV, or through some other passthrough device. 

In order to disable the PS5 from turning on via the TV, go into the System Settings and find the appropriate option.  

Rest mode, in which the PS5 has a glowing orange light emanating from it, may also turn on the PS5 to download up or upload new files to Cloud Storage. To disable this, find the option in System settings and disable “Stay Connected to the Internet.” 

Remote Play may also be a factor for this, as it allows the PS5 to be accessed from a Windows PC. To disable this option, once again, go into System settings and find the appropriate app, and then deselect it like the other two.  

So, to the best of my knowledge, that is why the PS5 turns on by itself. Though, who knows? Maybe the device is haunted, or maybe it just has a hair-trigger for the power button.  

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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