Here’s how to update your PlayStation 5 automatically and manually, and what to do if the process doesn’t work.
Like any modern device, your PlayStation 5 regularly receives updates that bring new features, fix problems, and patch security issues. While your PS5 can keep itself updated, you can manually check for updates as needed.
Here’s how to update your PlayStation 5 and what to do if the update doesn’t work properly. With your PS5 turned on, select the Settings gear icon in the top right corner of the home screen. This will bring up the options menu for your console.
How to update ps5
- In this menu, go to the system header and select it.
- Then make sure the system software section is highlighted on the left. Then option
- Select System Software Updates and Settings from the list.
- Now you should select update system software.
But here too, we recommend that you enable both the auto-download update file and the auto-install update file if not already. These options allow your system to automatically apply future updates while your PS5 is in rest mode, so you don’t need to check them yourself. Note that if you have a game while applying your PS5 update, you will lose any unsaved progress if you are suspended in rest mode.
You should also go to Settings> Power Saver> Rest Mode features and make sure that is able to stay connected, so your system downloads updates even when you are sleeping.
Back to system software update options, the best option to check for the latest update is to update using the internet. See below for more information about updating via USB.
When you select it, your PS5 will check for the latest patch and tell you if a patch has been found to download it. Once the download is complete, your system needs to be restarted to implement. In the meantime, if your console is already updated, you will find that you have the latest version of the system software.
If an update is available, but your PS5 is not installing it properly using the above method, make sure your system is connected to the Internet. To check this, go back to your console’s main settings menu and choose Network> Connection Status. Make sure you are online and connected to the PlayStation network.
If your PS5 is permanently offline or has a major update issue, you can update using a USB drive. To do this, you need to format a USB drive using your computer as FAT32. After formatting, create a folder named “PS5” (all capital letters) on the drive. Inside this folder, create another folder named “UPDATE” (all capitalized).
Next, download the latest PS5 update file from Sony’s PS5 system software page. Make sure you have received the update file; The PS5 restore file below is for completely reinstalling system software, similar to factory reset.
Now connect the USB drive to your PS5. To install, go to Settings> System Software Updates and Settings> Update System Software> Update from USB Drive
PS5 update process complete
Keeping your PS5 updated will allow you to enjoy the latest features and best system stability. Fortunately, the system will do this with the right options enabled for you, so you won’t have to manually run it very often.
Now that your PS5 is up to date, don’t forget to transfer your PS4 data to enjoy backward compatibility!
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