Transfer PS4 Data and Games to PS5

PS4 to PS5 Data Transfer

Here’s a quick guide on how to transfer games and data from your PS4 to PS5

Let’s start with Moving the games first.

Method 1: Data Transfer

You will need an Ethernet Cable or a Wi-Fi set up. Pretty sure in today’s day and age this is standard.

Connect the PS4 to the PS5 with an Ethernet Cable or log in via Wi-Fi into the same network.

When they’re connected, navigate to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer.

Hit Continue a couple of times, then the PS5 will ask you to press the power button on the PS4 for 1 second. After a few moments you’ll be presented with a list of the games and apps that have “saved data” you might want to transfer. 

Go ahead and select some, or none, or all of that data, depending on your needs, then hit Next. We’ll address saved data more in a bit.

Follow the prompts in this section to select the games you want to move to your PS5 and begin the copying process.

You can check the downloads section on the PS5 to check your progress. As each game finishes copying over you can play it right away, even while the others are still transferring.

Method 2: External Storage

This is the most versatile method. Firstly format a HDD for use on both consoles or use an existing one.

Plug your drive into the  PS4, then navigate to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices.

Select your drive and then choose Format As Extended Storage. Select Next, then Format, and Confirm

To start transferring your games, back out to the settings menu, select Storage, and when it’s done calculating, pick System Storage.

Follow the prompts to select the games you want to copy to your drive and select Move to Extended Storage.

Before you unplug the drive, go back to USB storage devices and select Stop Using This External Storage to safely unplug your drive. 

Plug the drive into the PS5. Go to Settings > Storage > External Storage > Games and Apps. You’ll be able to see the games you just moved over. 

Now you have a choice: Either move your PS4 games onto your PS5 or you can leave them on the extended storage drive.

The PS5 lets you play your PS4 games right from the external drive. This is the best if you want to for some reason switch between your PS4 and PS5.

Method 3: Install from Disc.

Simple enough, and a no brainer if you have the Disc Version of the PS5. Else go to Method 4.

Method 4: Download from the PlayStation Plus Store

If you have a PlayStation Plus account active, then it’s as easy as downloading it on to your PS5. This typically works best when you’ve just want 2-3 titles, rather than your whole library migrated.

Now, let’s talk about moving your Saved Games. This is a little more indirect, but works quite seamlessly.

On your PS4, go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management

You can now upload to online storage if you have an active PS Plus account, or you can copy the data to a USB storage device. (A USB thumb drive would suffice.)

You can upload your game saves individually, or press the Options button on the controller to select multiple titles.

Once you copy to the cloud or to your USB stick, find the Saved Data and Game/App Settings section on the PS5. Then select the title or titles you want to transfer, and either download or copy them over.

While you’re there, you can check what’s going on with your PS5 save data. It’s set to auto-sync to the cloud by default, so if that’s what you want to happen, you’re all set.


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