Updated 1 August 2018

How to set up auto update/download on your PlayStation 4

This article shows you how to switch on automatic download and updates on your PlayStation 4 and what features it enables.


What is auto-update?

When automatic update/download is switched on your PlayStation system switches itself on from standby mode and searches for PlayStation Network content to update. The content available for auto-update varies according to the table below:

System update


Game patch download

 Free (Detection, download and installation)

Remote download

 Free (Detection, download and  installation)

Online Storage

 PlayStation Plus members only

Trophy sync


How do I activate auto-update?

You need to switch on three settings.

  1. Turn on PS4 from Network

Go to  [Settings] > [Power Saving Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode] > Tick the check box next to [Stay Connected to the Internet] and [Enable Turning On of PS4 from Network]:

  1. Automatic download

Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Automatic Downloads] > Tick the check box next to [Application Update Files].

  1. Switch on Rest Mode

Press and hold the PS button and select [Enter Rest Mode]. The power indicator on the PlayStation 4 system will turn orange.

How do I enable remote downloads?

Remote downloads are available when purchasing content through PlayStation Store online or on mobile. To enable this feature, you will need to switch on one setting*:

  • Go to  [Settings]> [Power Save Settings] > [Set Features Available in Rest Mode] > [Stay Connected to the Internet].

*Remember to leave your PS4 system in rest mode for successful remote downloads.

What functions are available with auto-update?

  • Game updates (patches) and system software updates are automatically downloaded and installed.
  • Games purchased from PlayStation Store via web browser are automatically downloaded and installed if you have chosen to remotely download them.
  • Game saves are automatically saved to PlayStation Network so you can pick up where you left off on another PlayStation system. Feature available for PlayStation Plus subscribers only.
  • Trophies are automatically synced to PlayStation Network.

Learn how to set up auto update on your PS4, the easiest way to keep your games and applications up to date.