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How To Update PlayStation? [PS4 And PS5]

This guide covers all the possible ways to update your PlayStation 4 and 5, such as using the internet or a USB drive.

Keeping your PS console up-to-date with the latest system software is necessary to maintain smooth gameplay and overall functioning. Besides, to update PlayStation, you will need a stable internet if performing online, or an empty USB for offline updates.

Key Takeaways

  • There are two ways to update your PS4/PS5: the internet or a USB drive.
  • To update using a USB, get an empty USB formatted as FAT32.
  • Ensure you do not power off the PS console while the updates install. Doing so may result in system errors.

Methods To Update PlayStation

Updating PlayStation becomes necessary in various cases. We prefer online updates since they are less time-consuming. However, you can also resort to offline updates if the prior does not work.

WARNING: Ensure a stable internet connection and do not turn off the console during the update process, as the files can get corrupted.

PlayStation 4

We found two ways to update our PS4, and both worked effectively in installing the latest software. Furthermore, remember to turn off the console before proceeding with offline updates.

From Settings Using Internet

Here is how you can update PS4 using the Settings menu:

  1. Head to Dashboard > Settings > System Software Update.
  2. If a newer version is available, it will automatically download to your console, displaying  An Update File Has Been Downloaded.
  3. Hit Next > Update.
    update button in ps4
    Update (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. A Restarting screen will appear briefly, followed by Installing Update File.
Tip: Use a wired internet connection while installing the updates to speed up the process.

Also Read: FIXED: Serious Error Has Occurred In The System Software PS4

From Safe Mode Using USB

Follow these steps till the end to install updates via USB:

  1. Open the default browser > Head to the PS website > Download the PS4 update file.
    Download PS4 Update File from website
    Download PS4 Update File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Name it PS4UPDATE.PUP.

    Name and save PS4 Update File
    Save PS4 Update File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Attach any empty USB to your computer, formatted as FAT32 > Launch the USB Folder > Create a new folder within it named PS4.
  4. Within the PS4 Folder, add another sub-folder, Update.
  5. Copy the original PS4UPDATE.PUP file to this Update folder in the USB.
  6. Remove the USB and connect it to your PS4. 
  7. Hold the Power button until two beep sounds are audible > Connect the PS4 controller to the console > Press the PS button.
  8. Select the third option, Update System Software.
    Update System Software in Safe Mode
    Update System Software (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  9. The console will detect the update file within the USB and begin the process.

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PlayStation 5

Similar to PS4, PS5 also contains two ways to update the console. Be careful to diligently follow our method since a mistake can lead to faulty or incomplete software installation.

From Settings 

Use PS5 Settings to detect and install newer updates for the console, as also instructed on  PlayStation Support:

  1. Come to Dashboard > Settings > System.
  2. Select System Software > System Software Update And Settings.
  3. If you see Update Available > Choose Update System Software
    Update Available then install
    Update Available (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Next, you can either update with a USB or use the internet. We will mention both methods below.
Update Using Internet

Use these steps to update PlayStation 5 using the internet:

  1. Proceed with Update Using Internet > Update.
    Update Using Internet option
    Update Using Internet (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. The next screen will read, Restarting Your PS5 > Installing > Installing The Update File

Also Check: A DNS Server Cannot Be Used PS5

Update From USB Drive

We tested the USB method to update our console offline, and it successfully installed the latest updates for us:

  1. Access the PlayStation website > Download the PS5 update file.
    Download PS5 Update from website
    Download PS5 Update File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Name the file PS5UPDATE.PUP.
    Name and save PS5 Update File
    Save PS5 Update File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Again, connect a FAT32 USB to the computer and launch its folder > Create a PS5 folder > Create sub-folder Update.
  4. Transfer the PS5UPDATE.PUP file to the Update folder on your USB.
  5. Turn on your PS5 > Access Settings > System Software Update > Update From USB Drive.
    Update from usb drive option
    Update With USB (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  6. Once the PS5 scans the file, it will install the latest software.
  7. Alternatively, you can also update from the Safe Mode menu. Use the same steps as PS4 to access the screen on PS5.
    Update System Software in Safe Mpde
    Update System Software (Image By Tech4Gamers)

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When Should You Update PlayStation?

Ideally, we recommend updating the PlayStation system software as soon as the latest versions roll out for your PS model. User Angel Diaz on Quora also commented that not updating the console in a timely can prevent new features and games from running. 

Additionally, you may want to look for software updates if the system is lagging, unable to run high-quality games, the screen is freezing, or there are other system issues. Furthermore, install the most recent updates if you experience frequent PS errors, like WS-116521-6 or E-82106O4A.

Important: Verify that your PS console has enough free storage available to install the updates. 

What Are The Benefits Of Updating PlayStation?

Updating the PS console brings in many benefits for the system, such as:

  • Improved performance and quicker loading times.
  • Elimination of persistent bugs or glitches in the system or its data.
  • Better security features for added protection.
  • Increase in personalization options, like themes, displays, and more.
  • Allows compatibility with the newer games and apps in the PS environment.

Will Updating Your PlayStation Fix Errors? 

Performing a system software update on PlayStation consoles is a common troubleshooting method that resolves several errors. We tested the fix when Share Play was not working on our PS4 and eliminated the error. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Updating My PlayStation Delete Saved Data On My Console?

Updating your PS4/PS5 will not harm the data present on your console.

What Should I Do If My PlayStation Fail To Install Updates?

Power cycle the internet router and the console or clear up space in the memory to resume the installation.

Which Type Of USB Should I Use For Manual Updates?

Take an empty USB with at least 2GB of storage, formatted as “FAT32,” for installing the updates in your PS console.


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