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How To Create More Storage Space on PlayStation 4

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How to free up storage capacity on PlayStation 4

Sony’s PS4 comes with a 500GB hard drive, but recent games are getting really bigger and bigger– for example, Grand Theft Auto V alone requires an available 50GB of hard disk space on the hard drive, even if you have the disc. In this guide you will be learning how to free up more storage space and also upgrade your PS4’s storage capacity to enable you fit in more games.

If your PS4 system often exceeds its uptimum storage limit regularly, you might want to consider obtaining a bigger storage hard drive for your device. The PlayStation 4 opens up and allows you to reach out to that 500GB storage drive, so you can pop it out and replace it with a bigger sized one, perhaps you can obtain a 2TB drive in replacement will increase your PlayStation 4 internal storage. However, deciding to upgrading to a solid-state drive can even make your games load more efficiently and faster.

Notably, the Xbox One, doesn’t give owners the opportunity to install games on external drive devices onlike Sony’s PlayStation 4 Console. To expand your console’s storage for games, you need to replace the internal drive.

What’s Consuming your Storage Space

To find out exactly what’s consuming your storage space and the available storage capacity on your Playstation 4 console, follow these steps:

First head to Settings > System Storage Management. There you will see the exact storage consumption as well as available space, you will also be able to ascertain how much data is used by your applications, the capture gallery (which contains your saved video clips and screenshots), saved data (like save games), and themes.

Select any of the categories here to see exactly what’s using space and start deleting things.

Delete Games and Apps

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Delete games and apps

Games are most importantly draining most of the storage space on your PS4 console, so to free up space, you’ll want to start by deleting some games especially the ones you rearly play.

To see exactly how much space each game is occupying, head to Settings > System Storage Management > Applications.

How To Delete a Game On PlayStation 4

To delete one or more games on the ps4 console, simply press the “Options” button on your controller and select “Delete”. Next Select the games you want to delete and finally select the “Delete” button.

Notably, whenever a game is deleted from the Playstation 4 console, its game data isn’t deleted hence you have to mannually delete it too. You can also choose to reinstall the game in the future and resume from where you left off.

Meanwhile, If you wish to play a game again, you’ll need to reinstall it. Though we recommend you uninstalling games you own on disc instead of digital games.

Games owned on disc will be installed from the disc when you insert them, but they may have to download gigabytes of patches afterwards via internet. You can redownload digital games you own for free, but they will take much longer to download and also your internet data will suffer it the more here. – Easy for owners without limited bandwith.

Delete Game Saves (and, Optionally, Back Them Up First)

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Delete some games

View Saved Games Space

To view how much storage a game save is occupying simply head to Settings > Applicaiton Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Delete.

If you won’t play the game again in the future and don’t care about the save data, you can remove this data from your console to save space. Please note that while doing this, most games aren’t well optimized and will have very large saved files stored on your storage you could remove to free up quite a significant amount of space.

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Removing PS4 Game Data

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Delete game saved data

To remove data, select a game in the list, select the save games you want to delete, and select “Delete”.

Backup ps4 Game Data

If you might play the game again in the future and want to back up the saved data, head to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB Storage Device.

The above steps will enable you copy and save games to a USB drive or external hard drive connected to your PS4 and restore it to your console in the future.

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Backup Ps4 game data to external storage

Note that, if you have a paid PlayStation Plus subscription, your PS4 will also back up your save games online. You can head to Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage to confirm the data is uploaded before you delete it.

Clean Up Screenshots and Recorded Videos


Screenshots you take and videos you record are stored on your PS4’s internal storage. You may be able to free up some space by managing them. To view your screenshots and videos, head to Settings > System Storage Management > Capture Gallery.

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Delete screenshots of games saved

To delete all screenshots and videos associated with a specific game, select a game icon here, press the “Options” button on the controller, and select “Delete”. There’s also a “Copy to USB Storage” option here that will copy the screenshots and videos to a USB storage device before deleting them.

If you like, you can also select a game and manage the screenshots and videos individually.

Playstaion 4 Themes

Themes arent really anything but they can also use a small amount of space if you have several installed, and you’ll see how much space they take up on the System Storage Management screen.

To manage saved themes simply head to Settings > System Storage Management > Themes. Remove any themes you don’t use. You can always download them again later.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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