Updated April 4, 2017

Back up and restore PS4 HDD

Find out how to back up and restore your PlayStation 4 hard drive.

 
 

PS4 System Software 2.50 added the ability to use a USB storage device to back up and restore a PS4 system's hard drive. Follow the instructions below to back up and restore your data.

A few things to note before getting started:

  • Users with a PlayStation Network account can back up data from one console and restore it to a different console.
  • Users without a PlayStation Network account can only restore their data to the original console that created the back up.
  • You'll need a FAT32 or exFAT-formatted USB device with plenty of free space. If you don't have enough room to back up everything on your drive, you can choose to not back up Application Data.

To back up your PS4 system's HDD:

  1. Make sure you've synced your Trophies. Go to [Trophies], press the Options button, and choose the [Sync With PlayStation Network] option.
  2. Insert the USB storage device that you plan on using for the back up into one of the PS4's USB ports.
  3. Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Back Up and Restore].
  4. Confirm which data you'd like to back up. If you choose not to back up applications, you'll need to download or reinstall them when/if you eventually restore with the back up you're creating.
  5. On the next screen, you can customize the name of the back up. Once you've done that, highlight [Back Up] and press (X button).
  6. A progress bar will show the current status of the back up. You can cancel this at any time.

To restore the HDD back to a PS4:

  1. Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Back Up and Restore].
  2. Insert the USB storage device that contains the back up into one of the PS4's USB ports.
  3. Choose the [Restore PS4] option.
  4. Select the back-up file that you'd like to restore.
  5. You'll see a screen that tells you that the system will restart and initialize whether or not the back up process is completed. Choose [Yes] to continue.