Transfer your saved games from your PS4 to your brand new PS5 It will allow you to play any of your PS5 compatible games. You can also use your saved games to continue exactly where you left off.

If you have never transferred your game saves between consoles, this process can be a little scary, but don’t worry because it is very simple once you have both consoles configured correctly.

This page explains how to move data from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, including exactly what kind of data you can transfer and how the Saved in the Cloud, which is currently the only way to transfer game saves between PS5 consoles.

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To get the most out of your PlayStation 5 we have prepared a series of guides on user accounts, how to activate and configure Remote Play, the Create button to save images and videos, the online status and appear offline, how to place the support PS5 (horizontally and vertically), how to transfer saves from PS4 to PS5, and how to use the Control Center and Chooser.

What data can be transferred from PS4 to PS5?

Although you can transfer saves, games, and apps from PS4 to PS5, there are a couple of restrictions that you should be aware of.

These restrictions are:

  • You can only transfer save data from games that are playable on PS5
  • You can only transfer data from your own PlayStation Network account
  • You cannot transfer data stored on an external hard drive

Luckily, all the data you transfer will remain on your PS4, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally deleting your console storage during this process.

How to transfer saves from PS4 to PS5

It is possible to transfer saves from PS4 to PS5 both during the initial setup of your PS5 and after you have completed this setup.

No matter when you decide to transfer, the important thing is to make sure your PS4 is ready for data transfer.

Your PS4 must be connected and using the same network as your PS5. If you are transferring a lot of saved data, it is not a bad idea to connect both consoles with a LAN connection, as this will speed up the process.

The next thing to do is make sure that you are signed in with the same PSN account on PS4 and PS5.

Make sure your PS4 firmware is up to date and that you have properly synced your trophy information, which can be done by visiting the trophy page or by pressing the Options button on your controller and selecting ‘Sync with PlayStation Network.’

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

When your PS4 is ready, it’s time to jump to the PS5.

If you are transferring your saves during the initial setup, you will receive a prompt during the process. If you do it later, you can find it in the Settings menu, selecting System and then Data transfer.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

The PS5 will search for the PS4, and to confirm that it is the correct machine, you will have five minutes to press the power button on your PS4 for one second until it beeps.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

After this confirmation, you can select which game, app and saved data you want to transfer to your PS5.

You can see how much space your PS5 has left by looking at the lower right corner of the screen and the size of each game, app or game will also be visible to avoid running out of space on your PS5.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

Once you have decided what data you want to transfer, they will give you an estimated duration of the transfer.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

When the transfer is complete, the PS5 will restart and you will return to the PS5 home screen, where you will see the data transfer in the background appear in the Downloads section of the Control Center.

Now you can wait for the transfer to finish or use your PS5 in the meantime.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

When you’re done you’ll find all your compatible PS4 games on your PlayStation 5.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

How PS5 save games work

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

At the moment, the only way to move save files between different PS5 consoles is to use Cloud Save, which is a paid service that is included in the PlayStation Plus subscription.

At the moment you cannot play any PS5 games on external storage, but you can play PS4 titles on external storage device on PS5. It is also possible to install your PS4 games directly to storage via PS5.

It is important to note that you cannot use a USB hub to use external storage and that you cannot connect more than one hard drive to the PS5 at the same time.

When transferring a save game from PS4 to PS5, it is important to consider whether this save game is compatible with the PS5 version or not, which depends on each company. That is, it could be the case that you cannot use the saved game of a specific PS4 game if the developer has decided that those files are not compatible with PS5, so you would have to start a new game.

Since it is up to each developer, it is a good idea to take a look at your games first to see if your PS4 game will turn into a PS5 game to save yourself trouble.

If you play an online title compatible with PS5, such as Fortnite or Destiny 2, you will only have to download the game on your PS5 and access your account to have your game ready.

Some PS4 games can be upgraded to the digital version of PS5. Depending on the game, that update may be free, require a purchase, or be available only for a period of time. You will need an internet connection to perform this update.

If one of your PS4 games has this feature, you can update by visiting the game page on your PS5, inserting the disc first if you have the physical version. From there you will see the option to download the PS5 version.

Similar to PS4 to PS5 save game conversion, updates are developer-specific, so not all PS4 games will have that option.

How to upload saved games to Cloud Save on PS5

Before you start using the PS5 cloud space, the first thing to do is have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. Without it, Cloud Save won’t work.

You can easily purchase a PS Plus subscription by visiting the PlayStation Plus section on the PS5 home screen. Once you’ve purchased a subscription, or if you already had one, go to Settings for the PS5.

Within the Settings menu, scroll down to ‘Saved data and game / app settings.’

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

In this new screen you will want to select ‘Saved games (PS5)’ and then ‘Internal storage.’

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

Then choose ‘Upload to Cloud Save’ and you can choose which saved games you want to upload to the cloud.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

If you are manually uploading save data for a game that has auto sync, you will receive a notification that auto sync will be disabled. That means that afterwards you will have to activate the automatic synchronization for this game again.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

You will also receive a notification if a save already exists in Cloud Save.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

When the upload is complete, you will be able to download this save game on any other PS5 that has your user account.

How to download save files from Cloud Save on PS5

Again you will need a PS Plus subscription to access the PS5 Cloud Save, so once you have the subscription (or if you already have it), go to the Settings menu ‘Saved Data and Game / App Settings’ of your PS5.

There you must select ‘Saved games (PS5)’ and then ‘Saved in the cloud.’

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

Then select the option ‘Download to internal storage’ where you can choose which saved games you want to download from the cloud.

PS5 – Save Files – How to Transfer Saved Games from PS4 to PlayStation 5 and How to Move Games Between PS5

These files will begin to download to your PS5 and you can see the progress by visiting the Downloads section of the Control Center.

Once the download has finished, it’s time to enjoy your game!

To get the most out of your PlayStation 5 we have prepared a series of guides on user accounts, how to activate and configure Remote Play, the Create button to save images and videos, the online status and appear offline, how to place the support PS5 (horizontally and vertically), how to transfer saves from PS4 to PS5, and how to use the Control Center and Chooser.

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