Gamers are still having a hard time using the PlayStation 5. However, those lucky enough to find one in stores or online will want to transfer their old PS4 data to their brand new console. Since new and upcoming video games still exist in a limbo between PS5 exclusivity and PS4/PS5 compatibility, players who stick with their older console won’t want to catch up. start again after they finally upgraded. Here’s how to transfer data from your PS4 to PS5.
How to transfer data from your PS4 to PS5
First of all, you’ll want to update your PS4 and PS5 to the latest system software. This is usually automatic, but you can check the status of your PS4 system software by going to Setting > System software update. If you are updated, you will be notified as such.
Now that both systems are up to date, here’s how to connect your PS4 to your PS5:
- On your PS4, sign in to the same account that you intend to use on your PS5.
- Connect both consoles to the same network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. However, connecting is easier over Wi-Fi, as you’ll want an Ethernet cable to connect the two systems.
- (Optional) Connect your two systems with an Ethernet cable. An Ethernet connection makes transmissions faster, but is not necessary. Everything can be done over Wi-Fi.
If you’re setting up a brand new PS5 for the first time, you’ll be prompted to transfer your data during the setup process. However, you can skip this step at first and transfer the data later. Depending on the data size, this transfer can take several hours. You may want to start before bed that night or work the next day.
To start transferring data manually from your PS5, go to Setting > System software > Data transmission. Follow these steps to complete your transfer.
- Selection Continue are from Data transmission screen.
- Select the PS4 you want to transfer data to. If it’s the only home in your home, this is self-explanatory. If you have multiple PS4s connected to the network, or have had others connected in the past, you’ll need to know your PS4 ID.
- To find out your PS4 ID, go to Setting > System > System information. Here you will see your PS4 name. By default, it should be “PS4” followed by a series of numbers. You can rename your PS4 from here to quickly find it to transfer data.
- When your PS5 reads “Prepare for data transfer”, press and hold Power on your PS4 until you hear a beep (about a second).
- Read and understand the precautions, then start moving.
Your PS5 will reboot to start, but you can still play games and use your PS5 while the transfer happens in the background. As we said, this can take several hours, so don’t expect to go back to your favorite PS4 games like Ghost of Tsushima right away.
PS4 discs and games on expandable storage
Modern gamers have learned the benefits of expandable storage. Thankfully, you can easily play PS4 games saved on an expandable storage device by simply plugging it into your PS5. However, games like Chivalry 2 or Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War offers free PS5 upgrades that will be saved to your main console storage. Make sure you’re moving the PS4 version back to expandable storage, or delete it. You can still move PS5 games to expandable storage, so we recommend moving those you’re not currently playing.
For PS4 discs, all you have to do is insert the disc into your PS5 and it will download to your system memory. Of course, this depends on whether you have the PS5 or digital disc version.
You can also download games you’ve previously purchased from the PlayStation Store. You don’t have to download them back to your PS4 and batch with data transfer. So if you get your hands on Rocket League back when it was free on PSN in 2015, you could re-download it to your PS5.