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How to turn off PS5 adaptive triggers and haptic feedback

You can disable the PS5 DualSense controller’s special features

PS5 DualSense
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We’ve waxed lyrical about the PS5 DualSense adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, and have been particularly impressed by how the technology inside the PS5 controller can have a transformative effect when gaming. But did you know you can also turn the features off?

You might be wondering why you’d ever want to, but the added resistance the adaptive triggers can provide might prove challenging to those with accessibility concerns, or you might just find them distracting when playing certain games. The various features might also be too much for younger players to initially comprehend. Having the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback enabled also drains the battery of the DualSense controller more quickly.

If you fall into either of these camps, then, or simply want to get more hours of play out of your controller, here’s how to turn off PS5 adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

Head to Settings 

PS5 settings

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On the PS5 homepage, head over to Settings, which is located in the top-right corner of the screen next to your profile icon. 

Next, scroll down to ‘Accessibility’, and then to ‘Controllers’. In here, you’ll find a range of settings that let you adjust the ‘Trigger Effect Intensity’ and whether to disable haptic feedback.

How to turn off PS5 adaptive triggers 

Turn off PS5 adaptive triggers

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In the ‘Controllers’ menu, you can choose between the following options when using the DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers to suit your preference: 

  • Weak
  • Medium
  • Strong (standard)
  • Off

The different options could be preferable to turning off the adaptive triggers completely, especially if you still want to experience the effect but with less intensity. If you’d like to turn the adaptive triggers off completely, select ‘Off’. 

How to turn off PS5 haptic feedback 

Turn off PS5 haptic feedback

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You’ll be presented with the same options when it comes to selecting your haptic feedback settings, which is essentially a far more advanced version of the rumble feedback we've been used to for the last few decades.

  • Weak
  • Medium
  • Strong (standard)
  • Off

If you want to turn haptic feedback off, choose ‘Vibration Intensity’ and set it to ‘Off’. Again, lowering this setting might be a better compromise for some players than turning haptic feedback off completely.

If you own multiple DualSense PS5 controllers, you’ll need to go through the same process for each one. If you’d like to switch adaptive triggers or haptic feedback back on at any time in the future, simply head back into the same menu and select your desired level of feedback, with ‘Strong’ being the default. 

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Adam Vjestica
Adam Vjestica

Adam is TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. (He’s still recovering to this day.)