It is well know that most modern games like Call of Duty and Read Dead Redemption requires large free space to run. To install these popular games, PS4 storage expansion is important for lots of players. How to get more storage on PS4?
Here are 2 cases. One is to free up your current PS4 hard drive. The other is to add storage to PS4. We will explore them one by one in the following part.
Before proceeding with the methods below, it is necessary to understand what’s exactly consuming your PS4 storage. For that:
Step 1. Enter the Home screen of PS4 and navigate to the Settings window.
Step 2. Select the System Storage Management in the Settings window. Then you can view what’s consuming your PS4 storage and the free space.
Case 1: Free Up Your PS4 Storage Space
In this case, there are 3 methods on how to free up space on PS4. Let’s explore them one by one.
Method 1. Remove the Unwanted Apps and Games
According to the above steps, you may find that the Applications section is occupying large PS4 space. For that, you can delete some unwanted apps and games.
Step 1. Select the Applications option in the System Storage Management window.
Step 2. Tick the checkboxes for the unwanted games and apps. Then click on Delete.
Method 2. Remove the Saved Data in System Storage
How to get more storage on PS4? Another simple way is to clear up the saved data in system storage. Here’s how:
Step 1. In the Settings window, select the Application Saved Data Management option.
Step 2. Select the Saved Data in System Storage option and tick the checkboxes for the saved games that you want to remove. Now, click on Delete.
Method 3. Remove the Recorded Videos and Screenshots
If you find the Themes or Captures Gallery section consumes large space, you can clear some recorded videos and screenshots.
Step 1. Select Capture Gallery in the System Storage Management window.
Step 2. Select the Game icon that you want to delete it screenshots and recorded videos. Then press the Options button and click on Delete.
Case 2: Add More Storage to PS4
If you don’t want to delete any data, you can add more storage to PS4. There are 2 methods for that. One is to add an external hard drive as PS4 extended storage. The other is to upgrade your PS4 hard drive.
Method 1. Add an External Hard Drive to PS4
Step 1. Format the external hard drive as an PS4 extended storage.
- Connect the external hard drive to your PS4 via an USB 3.0 or later port.
- In the Home screen of PS4, navigate to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices.
- Select the external hard drive, and click on Format as Extended Storage button and click on Next.
- Click on Format when you’re prompted with this device will be formatted as extended storage.
- Click on Yes to confirm. Then wait for the formatting process to complete. When you see the message this device has been formatted as extended storage, click OK to finish the process.
Step 2. Change the application installed location.
- Navigate to Settings > Devices from the Home screen of PS4.
- Press the OPTIONS button, and then select Application Install Location > Extended Storage. After wait for some time, the applications will be installed in the Extended Storage.
Step 3. Move apps and games to the PS4 external hard drive.
- Select the Storage option in the Settings
- Select the System Storage option where the apps and games are stored and select Applications.
- Press the OPTIONS button and select the Move to Extended Storage
- Select all the games and apps that you want to move and click on Move.
- Click on OK button to complete the operation.
Method 2. Upgrade Your Current PS4 Hard Drive
Before proceeding with the following steps, you need to back up you games and apps. Prepare a USB drive, and then navigate to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB Storage Device.
Then follow the steps below to replace your current PS4 hard drive with a larger one.
Step 1. Power off your PS4 completely and disconnect any power cables.
Step 2. Take out the hard drive bracket from the controller by using a screwdriver.
Step 3. Remove all the screws holding the hard drive in the bracket and replace the PS4 hard drive with the larger one.
Step 4. Make every part restore to its original positions.