PS5: how to transfer your PS4 data

Sony’s next-gen console will be released on November 19 in Europe.

One of the main arguments of the next-gen is backward compatibility. In the case of Sony consoles, only PS4 games – apart from a few titles – will be able to be played on PS5. The opportunity to continue an adventure by taking advantage of Sony‘s next-gent improvements, but also to keep his data such as his trophies, his profile or his list of friends. In anticipation of the release of the PS5, Sony has published several tutorials for transferring its data from the PS4 to the PS5.

Transfer via wifi network

The first solution proposed by the Japanese manufacturer is based on a wifi connection. It is indeed possible to pass data from one console to another via the wireless network. All you need to do is connect the two consoles to the same wifi network, log in with the same PlayStation Network account on both and start data recovery from the PS5.

More specifically, after installing the latest update on your PS4 and you are logged into your PlayStation Network account on both consoles, you will need to go to the settings of the next-gen console from Sony, System option and select “Transfer data from another console ”or equivalent. After that, you will just have to follow the instructions displayed on the screen.

It is also possible to connect the two consoles via an Ethernet cable, in order to speed up the process. The latter can indeed take a while via wifi, especially if there is a lot of data to transfer and your connection is bad.

Online storage

The second solution to transfer data from your PS4 to your new PS5 involves being a PlayStation Plus subscription. If this is your case, then you can back up the data from your current console to the PlayStation cloud and download it directly to your PS5 from that same cloud. All you need to do is sign in to the same PlayStation Network account.

Go to your PS4’s settings, option “Manage saved application data”, then “Data saved in system storage” to select the data you want to save and finally press “Download to online storage” .

From your PS5 now, go to “Manage Saved Application Data”, then “Saved Data to Online Storage” and select “Download to System Storage”.

Transfer via USB stick

Last solution to transfer data and game saves from a PS4 to a PS5: the USB key. To do this, all you need to do is save your PS4 data to the USB stick by going to “Manage saved application data”, then “Data saved in system storage” and finally select “Copy to USB storage device. “. After which, on the PS5, you will need to follow the same path from the console settings and select “Data saved to USB storage device” and finally press “Copy to system storage”.

Recover your PS4 games installed on an external hard drive

If you have installed games on an external hard drive, you will be able to continue playing them on PS5 from that same hard drive. You just need to plug it into the next-gen console from Sony. The Japanese manufacturer also recommends leaving the PS4 games on the external HDD, in order to keep the internal SSD type storage of the PS5 free for the games developed for this generation of console.

You will still need to transfer your save data to recover your games. For this, you will need to follow one of the three methods described earlier in this article.

PS4 games installed via PlayStation Plus / Store

Finally, if you have taken advantage of free games offered as part of the PlayStation Plus subscription or simply purchased games from the console’s online store, you will be able to pick them up on the PS5. All you need to do is sign in to your PlayStation Network account and go to your game library. You can also download them from the PlayStation Store.

Then again, when it comes to backups, you’ll need to transfer your data from your PS4 via one of the three methods described above.

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