Set up automatic updates on PS5™ and PS4™ consoles

Set up automatic updates on PS5™ and PS4™ consoles

Find out how to set up automatic updates for games and system software on PS5 and PS4 consoles.

What functions are available with automatic updates?

  • Game updates (patches) and system software updates are automatically downloaded and installed.

  • Games purchased from PlayStation™Store can be downloaded remotely.

  • 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.

Set up automatic updates on PlayStation

To allow automatic updates, set your PlayStation console to stay connected to the Internet when in rest mode, enable automatic downloads and leave your system in rest mode when not in use.

PS5 Stay Connected to the Internet
  1. Go to Settings > System.
  2. Select Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode.
  3. Turn on Stay Connected to the Internet.
PS5 Install Update Files Automatically
  1. Select Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings.
  2. Turn on Download Update Files Automatically or Install Update Files Automatically.

Turning on Install Update Files Automatically lets your console install updates automatically while in rest mode, so your console is up to date and ready to go the next time you play.

PS5 automatic game updates
  1. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Automatic Updates 
  2. Turn on Auto-Download or Auto-Install in Rest Mode.
PS5 Enter Rest Mode
  • Press the PS button to go to the control centre and select Power > Enter Rest Mode. You can also press the power button once.
Enable Turning On of PS4 from Network
  1. Go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode.
  2. Tick the box next to Stay Connected to the Internet and Enable Turning On of PS4 from Network.
PS4 Automatic Downloads
  1. Go to Settings > System > Automatic Downloads.
  2. Tick the box next to System Software Update Files.
  3. Tick the box next to Application Update Files.
PS4 Enter Rest Mode
  • Press and hold the PS button and select Enter Rest Mode. The power indicator on the PlayStation 4 console will turn orange.

Enable remote game downloads

Once you have enabled automatic updates, remote downloads are available when purchasing content through PlayStation Store online or on mobile.

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