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PlayStation 5 save files – How to transfer saves from your PS4 to PlayStation 5 and transfer PS5 saves explained



PlayStation 5 save files – How to transfer saves from your PS4 to PlayStation 5 and transfer PS5 saves explained


Transfer save files from your PS4 to your new one PS5 allows you to play any PS5 compatible game. You can also play on your existing save files if you want.

If you’ve never moved save data from one console to another, it can be quite daunting. But don’t worry, it’s actually really easy once both consoles are set up correctly.

This page explains how to transfer data from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, including exactly what types of data you can transfer and Cloud Storage, which is currently the only way to move save files between different PS5 consoles.

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If you want to know everything about the PS5, check our guides about your PS5 online status, PS5 accounts, the PS5 standard and PS5 Control Center. We also have guides on PS5 saves and PS5 remote play.

What data can you transfer from PS4 to PS5?

While you can transfer save files, games and apps from the PS4 to the PS5, there are some limitations on what exactly you can transfer.

Those restrictions are:

Fortunately, all data you transfer will also remain available on your PS4. So you don’t have to worry that you accidentally delete the data on that console.

How to transfer data from PS4 to PS5

It is possible to transfer save files from the PS4 to the PS5 both during the initial setup of your PS5 and afterwards.

In both cases, you must first make sure that your PS4 is ready for the data transfer.

Your PS4 must be on and connected to the same network as your PS5. If you plan to send many save files at the same time, it is also a good idea to connect both consoles via a LAN connection. That will speed up the process considerably.

Next, you need to make sure you are signed in to the same account on the PS4 and PS5.

You also need to make sure that your PS4 system software is properly updated and that your trophies are synced. This can be done automatically by visiting the trophies page or manually by pressing the Options button on your controller and selecting ‘Sync with PlayStation Network’

Once your PS4 is ready, it’s time to set up the PS5 properly.

If you transfer the save files during the initial setup of your PS5, you will receive a notification. If you do it afterwards, you will find this option by going to the Setting menu, and then selecting the option ‘System’ and ‘Data transfer’. ‘

The PS5 will then search for the PS4 and, to confirm that it has the correct console, you have five minutes to press and hold the power button on your PS4 for a second until it beeps.

After that confirmation you can select which games, apps and saved data you want to transfer to your PS5.

You can also see how much free storage space your PS5 has left by looking at the bottom right of the screen. The size of each save, app or game is also shown so that you don’t run out of free disk space on your PS5.

After you have decided which data you want to transfer exactly, you will receive an estimate of how long the transfer will take.

Once the transfer is complete, the PS5 will reboot and you will return to the PS5 home screen. There you will find in the Downloads / Uploads section of the Control Center, which data transfers are still in progress in the background.

You can now either wait for the transfer to complete or use the PS5 normally in the meantime.

Once the transfer is complete, you can immediately play any PS compatible games that you have transferred from your PS4.

How PS5 game saves work explained

Currently you can only exchange save files between PS5 consoles via the Cloud Storage service. This is only available if you have a PS Plus subscription.

That means that you cannot currently play PS5 games from any external storage. However, you can play PS4 games on the PS5 from an external data source. It is also possible to install PS4 games directly on that external data source via the PS5.

It is important to note that you cannot use a USB hub for those external data sources and that you cannot connect more than one such data source to your PS5 at the same time.

When transferring a save file from the PS4 to the PS5, it is important to know which save is compatible with the PS5 version of that game. That decision is made by the developer. This means that you may not be able to use the PS4 save files from a specific game if the developer has decided not to make those save files compatible with the PS5. In that case you will have to start a new save file.

Since that decision is in the hands of the developer, so it’s a good idea to find out beforehand if your PS4 save won’t turn all that into a PS5 save. This way you avoid unnecessary stress.

If you are playing an online service game that is compatible with the PS5, such as Fortnite or Destiny 2, then to access your save file you just need to download the game to your PS5. There you will immediately have access to your save file.

You can also download a number of PS4 games to their digital PS5 version, such as Spider-Man and Control. Depending on the game, that upgrade is free, sold separately, or available for a limited time only. You also need an internet connection for these upgrades.

If one of your PS4 games has that option, you can initiate the upgrade by visiting that game’s Hub on your PS5. If you have a disc of the game, you can insert it into your PS5 as well and then you will be given the option to download the PS5 version.

However, just like changing PS4 saves to PS5 saves, those upgrades depend on the developer. So don’t expect all PS4 games to have that option.

How to upload save files to the Cloud Storage on PS5

Before you can use the Cloud Storage on the PS5, you first need a PS Plus subscription. Without such a subscription, the Cloud Storage is not accessible.

You can easily purchase a PS Plus subscription by visiting the PlayStation Plus section on the home screen of your PS5. Once you’ve purchased a subscription, or if you already have one, go to your PS5’s settings.

In the settings, scroll down to ‘Saved Data and Game / App Settings.’

In that screen, select ‘Saved data (PS5)’ followed by ‘Console Storage.’

Then choose ‘Upload to Cloud Storage’ and you can choose which save files you want to store in the cloud.

If you manually transfer saved data from a game that contains auto-sync, you will receive a notification that auto-sync will be turned off. This means that it is best to turn on auto-sync afterwards.

You will also receive a notification if a save file already exists in the Cloud Storage.

Once the upload is complete, you can download the save file on any PS5 with the same user account.

How to download save files from the Cloud Storage to the PS5

Again, you need a PS Plus subscription to access the Cloud Storage of the PS5. Once you have a subscription, go to the ‘Saved Data and Game / App Setting’ menu in the settings of the PS5.

There, select ‘Saved Data (PS5),’ followed by ‘Cloud Storage.’

Then select the option ‘Download to Console Storage’ and select which save files you want to download from the cloud.

Those files are then downloaded to your PS5. You can follow the progress by visiting the Downloads / Uploads section of the Control Center.

Once the download is complete, you can enjoy your game!

If you want to know everything about the PS5, check our guides about your PS5 online status, PS5 accounts, the PS5 standard and PS5 Control Center. We also have guides on PS5 saves and PS5 remote play.