Updated 02 March 2017

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

This article shows you how to switch on automatic download and updates on your PS Vita 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:

How do I activate auto-download/update?

You need to switch on two settings to use auto-download. Please note that you will also need a memory card with enough free space for the download.

  1. Auto download

Go to [Settings] > [PlayStation Network] > ‘Automatic Update Settings’ and tick any of the features you want to use.

  1. Switch on stand-by mode

Press the power button. The screen will shut down and the PS button will blink in blue. The system is now in stand-by mode.

What functions are available with auto-downloads? 

  • Game updates (patches) and system software updates are automatically detected. Manual download and install may be required.
  • Games purchased from PlayStation Store via web browser are automatically detected if you have chosen to remotely download them. Manual download and install may be required.
  • 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. Feature available for PlayStation Plus subscribers only.
System update Free
Game patch download Free (Detection to download)
Remote download Free (Detection)
Online Storage PlayStation Plus members only
Trophy sync PlayStation Plus members only