Ready to upgrade your PlayStation®? Looking to switch over from a PS4™ to a PS5®? You'll probably want to transfer your saved games and data to your new console so you can pick up where you left off. (If that happens to be your fifth play-through of The Last of Us®, we're not judging.) Don't worry, it's easy. We'll show you how.
At Asurion, we help you get the most out of your tech—including phones, gaming systems, computers, and more. Here's how to transfer PS4 data to a PS5.
How to transfer data from PS4 to PS5
There are a few ways to transfer data from your PS4 to PS5. They include:
- Use your Wi-Fi network.
- Use cloud storage.
- Use an external storage drive.
Not all PS4 games are compatible with the PS5. So there may be some files that don't transfer. We'll walk you through each option, so you can decide which one is best for you.
Transfer your data over your Wi-Fi network
The fastest (and easiest) way to transfer PlayStation data is with a network connection. When you turn on your new console for the first time, your PS5 will walk you through its setup process—including how to transfer data from PS4 to PS5.
If you skipped that part or want to go back to transfer more data, you can follow these steps:
- Turn on both consoles and connect them to the same network using Wi-Fi or a local area network (LAN) cable.
- On the PS5, go to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer > Continue.
- Select the PS4 you're transferring from.
- When “Prepare for Data Transfer" appears on the PS5, press, and hold the Power button on the PS5 until it beeps.
- On the PS5, select the data you want to transfer. The console will automatically restart during the transfer. After the transfer is finished, you can turn off the PS4.
Transfer your data using cloud storage
If you have a PlayStation Plus account, you can transfer data through cloud storage. Cloud storage is a way to automatically save games online, and it gives you easy access to your data.
If you want to back up your PS4 files one last time before transferring them to your PS5, go to Settings > Application Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage and select the games you want to back up.
To retrieve that data from the PlayStation cloud:
- Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings.
- Select Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage.
- Select Download to Console Storage. You can select individual game files—or all of them—for download.
Transfer your data using an external storage device
Don't have a PlayStation Plus account? You can still move data from one console to the other by using an external hard drive or a USB flash drive. Most games take up an average of 40GB of space on your console. The more games you play—and intend to transfer over—the more space you'll need. When transferring over to the external hard drive, just make sure to have ample storage space available.
Here's how to transfer data with an external storage device:
- Insert the drive into one of the USB ports on the PS4. Then, head to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage.
- Select Copy to USB Storage Device.
- Choose the save files you'd like to move, and click Copy.
- When the files are finished copying, remove the drive and insert it into a USB port on the PS5.
- Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4), and select USB Drive.
- Select Copy to Console Storage.