Updating Games on PS4: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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Updating Games on PS4: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
Updating Games on PS4: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

Playing games on the PlayStation 4 is fun, of course, but sometimes developers have to fix bugs and glitches in their games. Fortunately, updating your PS4 games is very easy. The most convenient way to do this is to enable automatic updates. This will allow your games to update in the background, or when your PS4 is on standby. You can also update your games manually by selecting a game and then downloading and installing the update yourself.


Method 1 of 2: Set up automatic updates

Update Ps4 Games Step 1

Step #1. Turn on your PS4 using the middle button on your controller

Press the button again when prompted to do so. Select your profile from the screen that asks 'Who uses this controller?' Then press 'X'.

Update Ps4 Games Step 2

Step 2. Push your left stick up and scroll to the settings screen

The settings button is orange and white, with a small toolbox logo in a white circle. You can find the button between the power options and the trophies options. Navigate to the 'Settings' menu option using the D-pad or left stick, then press 'X'.

Update Ps4 Games Step 3

Step #3. Scroll down to 'System'

You'll find this option between 'Accessibility' and 'Initialization'. Press 'X' to open the menu.

Update Ps4 Games Step 4

Step 4. Scroll down to 'Automatic downloads and uploads'

This menu option is second from the top, between 'System Information' and 'Voice Control Settings'. Press 'X' to open the menu.

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Step 5. Select the 'Automatic Downloads' option

Pressing 'X' when on the 'Automatic downloads' option will enable automatic downloads for games and apps. This option can be found between the options 'Saved data' and 'Install automatically'.

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Step 6. Navigate to the 'Power Options' menu

Press 'O' on the controller twice to return to the settings menu, then scroll down to 'Power Options'. This menu has a small white logo in the shape of two hands with a battery. Press 'X' to open the menu.

Update Ps4 Games Step 7

Step 7. Select the features you want available in rest mode

Choose the second option from the menu, "Set features available in rest mode." This ensures that games can update when your PS4 is in rest mode. If you're using Remote Play, you'll also need to enable the 'Enable PS4 from network' option here.

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Step 8. Put the PS4 into rest mode before turning it off

Press and hold the middle button on your controller, then scroll to the "Power" option. Select 'Go to rest mode' here.

Method 2 of 2: Update games manually

Update Ps4 Games Step 9

Step 1. Select the application you want to update from the main menu

Turn on your PS4, open your account, then use the D-pad or the left stick to navigate to the game you want to update.

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Step #2. Check for updates in the options menu

While the game you want to update is selected, press the Options button on your controller. Scroll down to the 'Check for updates' option in the menu.

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Step 3. Go to downloads when the game is ready to be updated

If an update is available, you will get a notification saying 'An update is available for this application'. You will then be prompted to go to the downloads screen. Press 'X' to open the downloads screen.

If no updates are available, your PS4 will let you know as well

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Step 4. Select the game and start the download

In the downloads screen, you'll see a list of all updates available for your apps and games. Select the game you want to update with 'X', then confirm that you want to update the game.

  • Updating takes time. How long an update takes depends on the size of the update file.
  • You can continue to play games while the update installs.

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