Updated 10 September 2015

How do I get my PC / Mac to be recognised by my PlayStation Vita?

If you are connecting your PlayStation Vita to your PC or Mac, this article will help you install the necessary software to have your system recognised.


To connect your PlayStation Vita system to a PC or Mac and perform operations such as copying data, you must install Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation on your PC or Mac. Download Content Manager Assistant and follow the instructions on this page to install the application.

  1. Connect your PlayStation Vita system to your PC / Mac.

Connect your PlayStation Vita to the PC / Mac using the USB cable that was supplied with the PlayStation Vita system (make sure the PS logo is facing upward when connecting the cable to the PlayStation Vita system). The PC / Mac must be connected to the Internet. If the PlayStation Vita is recognised by the PC / Mac, a message stating "PlayStation Vita system was connected" will be displayed on the PC / Mac status bar.

Note: If you're connecting your PlayStation Vita to your PC / Mac for the first time, it may take a few minutes for the device drivers to be installed.

If the PlayStation Vita system is still not recognised, try the following:

  • Restart the PC / Mac.
  • Remove and insert the USB cable again.
  • Try a different USB port.
  • Update the USB driver.
  1. Start the Content Manager application on your PlayStation Vita system.

Once your PlayStation Vita system is recognised, you copy content using PlayStation Vita's [Content Manager] application. For more information on this application please check our online Content Manager User's Guide.

Note: We cannot provide support for the PC / Mac you are using. If the problem is not resolved after trying the procedure described on this page, please contact your PC / Mac supplier with accompanying information about your PC / Mac and the steps you have tried to resolve this problem.