If you just got your hands on a PS5, congratulations, but don’t sell your PS4 just yet. You can transfer all of your saved data over so you can pick up where you left off on your new console and not have to start from scratch. Here are all the ways to transfer your PS4 games and saved data to the PS5.
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To transfer your PS4 games and saved data to a PS5, connect both consoles to the same Wi-Fi network either wirelessly or with a LAN cable. Then navigate to Settings–> System–> System software–> Data transfer on your PS5. Select your PS4 console from the list of detected devices to begin data transfer.
How to Transfer PS4 Games and Saved Data to PS5
There are four ways to transfer your PS4 games and saved data: via Wi-Fi, LAN, extended storage or PS Plus cloud storage. Data transfer will not overwrite or delete data on either console, but you may want to back it up in case something goes wrong. You’ll also want to sync your trophy information to keep track of all your game achievements. Tap the Choice button during viewing Trophies then select Sync with PlayStation Network.
You can watch Sony’s official video for an overview of data transfer between consoles, then read on for all the details.
Transfer by network connection
The easiest way to transfer data is over a Wi-Fi network. Connect your PS5 console and PS4 consoles to the same network from the console settings menu. You can either connect both consoles to the same Wi-Fi modem using LAN cables, or connect wirelessly. When you connect your consoles to the same wireless network, you can use a LAN cable to connect your PS5 and PS4 consoles together for faster transfer speeds. If both consoles are connected to the network using LAN cables, you do not need to connect the PlayStation consoles to one.
During the transfer, it helps if your TV has multiple HDMI ports so you can switch between inputs to monitor the progress on either console. If your TV only has one HDMI port, you can use a second screen or just leave both consoles on while unplugging their HDMI cords when you need to alternate.
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When you first set up your PS5 console, you’ll see on-screen instructions for the data transfer step. If you skipped this initially, you can find the option by navigating to Settings-> System-> System software-> Data transfer. Click on Continue when you’re ready to start. During the data transfer, also do not console, as it may damage the systems.
When the PS5 console displays the message Prepare for data transfer, press and hold the power button on your PS4 console for a second (or until you hear a beep). On your PS5 console, select the data you want to transfer. In most cases, this will be saved data and all downloaded games you are currently playing. Select Start Transfer and let the console communicate until the process is complete.
Your PS5 console will automatically restart when the data transfer is complete. After restarting the console, you will find all games and save files from your PS4 to your PS5.
PS cloud server transfer
If you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you can take advantage of Sony’s cloud server to store and download recorded data. This method involves uploading your PS4 data to the cloud server and then uploading the data to your PS5 console.
On your PS4 console, go to Settings-> Application Data Management–> Data Saved in System Storage–> Upload to online storage. Select the games and files you want to download and select Yes to overwrite the cloud file. You can save up to 100 GB of recorded data on PS4 and up to 1,000 recorded data files on PS4.
Once your PS4 has finished downloading data, turn on your PS5 and go to Settings -> Saved Data and Game/App Settings. Select Saved data (PS4) and choose Online storage to see everything you have stored in the cloud. Select the files and games you want to download, then choose Download to console storage.
For PS5 games, if you select Synchronize recorded data–> View sync statusyou can check the sync status for each game. You can also highlight a game from the home library, press the options button, then select Check sync status of saved data.
Transfer Using Extended Storage Device
Instead of re-downloading a PS4 game to your PS5 console storage, you can play all installed PS4 games on an external storage device by connecting it to your PS5.
Before disconnecting Extended Storage from your PS4, select Settings-> Devices-> USB storage devices and choose Stop. You can now safely remove the cable and plug it into your PS5.
If you don’t have a LAN cable, the fastest way to transfer saved data between two PS4 consoles is to use an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Download data from one console, then plug it in to download to another. Alternatively, you can download your saved data to a second PS4 from the cloud server if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.