How to Manage Storage Space on Your PlayStation 5 Console

How to Manage Storage Space on Your PlayStation 5 Console
How to Manage Storage Space on Your PlayStation 5 Console [image via: @AskPlayStation Twitter Handle]

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) console offers a rich gaming experience with its high-speed SSD and powerful graphics. However, with the increasing size of modern games, managing storage space on the PS5 has become a critical aspect of the gaming experience. This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to manage storage space on your PS5 console.


Understanding Storage Locations

Game and saved data, as well as other data, is stored on the built-in storage of 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.

Checking Your Storage Space

Your PS5 console monitors how much storage space is used by your games, media content, and saved data. To check how much free storage space you have, go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage.

Freeing Up Storage Space

To free up your storage space, you can delete existing data, or move data to a different location. Here are some options:

  • Move Games to USB Extended Storage: You can move your games to a USB extended storage.
  • Move Games to M.2 SSD Storage: You can move your games to an M.2 SSD storage.
  • Delete Games and Applications: You can delete games and applications that you no longer need.

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

Managing Saved Data

When you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you can upload your saved data to cloud storage. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game / App Settings. Select Saved Data (PS5) or Saved Data (PS4). Select Upload or Delete from Console Storage.

In conclusion, managing the storage on your PlayStation 5 is crucial for a seamless gaming experience. Regularly checking your storage space and managing your saved data can help optimize your console’s performance and ensure a smooth gaming experience.

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Jennifer, the Associate Games Editor at INN News, came on board in 2020. After earning her Journalism degree from university, she spent four years as a freelancer. She’s your go-to for coverage on everything from CoD and Apex Legends to Genshin Impact and Monster Hunter. To reach out, drop an email to Jennifer at [email protected].