Manage PS5 console storage space

How to manage PS5 console storage space

Learn how to make space on your PlayStation®5 console storage, store games on USB extended storage and move game saved data using PlayStation®Plus cloud storage.

PS5™ console data and storage locations

To check how much free storage space you have in PS5 console storage, go to Settings > Storage.

Game and saved data, as well as other data, is stored on the built-in storage on your PS5 console. If you don't have room on your console storage, you can either delete data that's already there or move data to one of the following storage spaces:

USB Extended storage
You can format a commercially available USB drive as USB extended storage and use it with your PS5 console.

M.2 SSD storage
You can install a commercially available M.2 SSD that meets the required specifications to your PS5 console.

Cloud storage
PlayStation®Plus members can use storage in the cloud.

USB drive
You can use a commercially available USB drive that's formatted to FAT or exFAT (but not as USB extended storage) to store files like screenshots and PS4 saved data. Not all devices work with your console.

PS5 console data types and storage locations

Where you can copy data depends on its type.

Type of data  USB Extended storage   M.2 SSD storage   Cloud storage   USB drive 
Game data (PS5 games) ✓*1 - -
Game data (PS4 games) - -
Saved data (PS5 games) - - -
Saved data (PS4 games) - -
Screenshots and video clips - - - ✓*2

*1 To play PS5 games, you need to copy game data from your USB extended storage drive back to your PS5 console storage using the options menu. 

*2 You can only copy this data to a USB drive. This data can't be copied from the USB drive to your console storage.

How to make space on a PS5 console for a new game

To check how much free storage space you have, go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage.

If you don't want to delete the existing games in your PS5 console storage, you can move them to USB extended storage.

If you don't want to delete the existing games in your PS5 console storage, you can move them to M.2 SSD storage.

Don't worry, you won't lose access to any deleted games or applications — you can re-download your purchases from your game library whenever you like.

  1. Go to Settings > Storage > Games and Apps.

  2. Select Delete Content.
  3. Select the data you want to get rid of and select Delete.

You can also manage PS5 console storage if you link your PS5 console to PlayStation App on your iOS or Android device.

How to manage saved data on a PS5 console

When you're a PlayStation Plus member, you can upload your saved data to cloud storage.

  1. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings.
  2. Select Saved Data (PS5) or Saved Data (PS4).
  3. Select Console Storage > Delete.
  4. Tick the box next to the files you want to delete and select Delete.
  1. Go to  Settings  >  Saved Data and Game/App Settings. >  Saved Data (PS4).
  2. Select Console Storage > Copy to USB Drive.
  3. Select a game to reveal the related save files. Tick the box next to the files you want to copy and then select Copy.
  1. Go to  Settings  >  Saved Data and Game/App Settings >  Saved Data (PS4).
  2. Select USB Drive > Copy to Console Storage.
  3. Select a game to reveal the related save files. Tick the box next to the files you want to copy and select Copy.

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