- You can backup your PS4’s data onto an external hard drive, which is a great way to free up space.
- You’ll need to backup your PS4 trophies onto the PlayStation Network, separate from the rest of your data.
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Follow the steps below to learn how to do just that.
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How to back up your PS4’s data
First of all, make sure that the external storage device you’re using has twice as much storage space available as the PS4’s hard drive has – the PS4 may make copies of data as it transfers it, which will take up more space than you expect.
Your external storage device also needs to be formatted as FAT32 or exFAT in order for the backup to be successful. If you’re wondering how to convert a drive to these formats, check out this guide from ASUS.
If you want to back up your PS4 Trophies, you’ll need to do so before you back up the rest of your data.
1. Navigate to the “Trophies” tab at the top of the screen, represented by an icon resembling a trophy, and press the X button.
2. On the next screen, press the Options button.
3. From there, select “Sync with PlayStation Network” and press X to back up your Trophies.
Once you’ve done that, you can move onto the rest of your data.
1. Plug the external storage device into one of the USB ports on the front of the PS4.
2. From the Home screen, navigate to the “Settings” tab in the top-right, represented by a small icon that resembles a briefcase, and press X.
3. In the next menu, select “System” and press X.
4. Select “Back Up and Restore” and press X, then select “Back Up” and press X.
5. Select the data that you want to back up. Take care to ensure that you’re backing up your save data, as unsaved data may be lost during the process. If you’re running low on space on your external storage device, you might want to avoid backing up application data, though it will need to be reinstalled once the backup is complete.
6. After your backup is completed, you can name the storage device. Using the controller, type in the name you prefer, select “Back Up,” and press X.
The storage device can now be safely removed from your PS4.
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