How to Transfer PS4 Data to PS5 Hassle-Free and Preserve Your Progress


Since its launch in 2020, PS5 has had all the gamers in its grip.

And this is precisely because of the improved performance, decreased load times, and a game-changing controller that enhances the experience to a new level. 

If you own a PS4 and you’re looking to transition to the PS5, the process can be pretty exciting yet a little confusing, especially considering the steps of transferring the data to ensure you don’t lose any of your gaming progress.

The good news is, this task can be easy-peasy if you know the HOW of it. In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about transferring the data from PS4 to PS5 so you can resume your games right from where you left off.

Let’s dive into it.

Why Should You Transfer the Data?

PS4 to PS5 data transfer

Data transfer can be seen as a tedious task, so why invest your time and energy in doing that? Here are a few prime benefits of transferring your data from one console to another that tell you exactly why you need to do it.

#1. Migration of Important Files 📂

By transferring the data, you can migrate all your files, apps, and trophies from PS4 to PS5. This way, you don’t leave any important information stored on your previous PlayStation.

#2. Transfer Game Progress 🎮

One of the biggest horrors for any gamer is losing their game progress. By transferring the data from your old console to your new one, not only can you migrate the game itself but also the progress in the game. You don’t have to start from scratch on your brand-new PS5. Instead, you can start from where you left off.

#3. Saves Time ⏱️

From games and apps to files and gaming progress, you can transfer every bit of data seamlessly from PS4 to PS5. As a result, it saves you a ton of time and effort by not downloading them again and playing from scratch.

Now that you know why transferring your data is crucial, let’s dive into the different ways you can achieve this without a hitch.

Transfer Data Using Wi-Fi

Transfer Data Using Wi-Fi

Utilizing a Wi-Fi network is the quickest way to transfer your PlayStation data. If you have a Wi-Fi connection at home, follow the below steps to migrate the data.

➡️ Step 1: To start with, consider your PS4 as the source console while the PS5 as the destination console. Turn on both of them and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, ensure both are signed in to the same PSN account.

➡️ Step 2: From your PS5, go to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer. Click on Continue when prompted. You’ll get a pop-up message asking you to turn on your PS4, which is connected to the same network. After doing that, hit Continue to allow it to search for your PS4.

➡️ Step 3: Once your PS5 detects your PS4, you’ll have to hold the power button of your PS4 for 1 second until you hear a beep.

➡️ Step 4: You’d now get the option to choose the games and apps that you want to transfer to the PS5. You can select individual games or tap Select All to transfer the entire data. Once you’ve chosen your desired data, click on Start Transfer.

Your PS5 will be restarted once all the selected data has been transferred, and you’re done!

Transfer Data Using Cloud Storage 

Transfer Data Using Cloud Storage 

You can seamlessly store and transfer almost any type of data, including your PlayStation games, and progress with the help of the cloud storage platform option.

However, the catch is, you need to have a Playstation Plus account. If you do, you’d be happy to know that all your games can automatically be saved, allowing quick and easy access.

If you feel anything is amiss, you can back up your PS4 for reassurance before migrating everything to PS5. You can do that by going to Settings > Application Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage. Proceed to select the game(s) you want to back up, and you’ll be all set.

Here’s how you can restore the data from the PlayStation cloud:

➡️ Step 1: Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings.

➡️ Step 2: Click on Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage

➡️ Step 3: Click on Download to Console Storage. Again, you can select all the games or any individual data for restoration.

And that’s all there is for this method!

Transfer Data Using External Storage Drive 

Transfer Data Using External Storage Drive

This method of transferring data from PS4 to PS5 goes back to the basics; using a USB flash drive or an external hard drive. This method is especially helpful if you don’t have a PlayStation Plus account.

To proceed, you must have an external storage device with enough space to accommodate the data. Once you’re sure of that, follow these steps.

➡️ Step 1: Insert the external drive into your PS4 USB port.

➡️ Step 2: From your PS4, go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage.

➡️ Step 3: Click on Copy to USB Storage Device

➡️ Step 4: Select the files you want to move, then click Copy. Upon clicking Copy, your data will be transferred to the external drive. Next, safely remove it and insert it into the USB port of your PS5.

➡️ Step 5: From your PS5, go to Settings, Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4), and click on USB Drive.

➡️ Step 6: Finally, click on Copy to Console Storage, and you’re done.

All your PS4 data has been successfully transferred to your PS5 using the external storage drive.

Things to Know Before Transferring Data from PS4 to PS5 

Before you transfer the data from your PS4 to PS5, it’s essential to keep certain things in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly. Here are some of those things:

  • Don’t turn off either console (source and destination) while the data transfer is in process. By doing so, you could run the risk of damaging or losing your data.
  • Refrain from changing your network settings or performing internet connection tests while the data is being transferred.
  • The login credentials of the source console will also be transferred to the destination console when you migrate your data, so keep that in mind.
  • Games that are already saved on the destination console will not get transferred. 

Keep the above things in mind; you’ll be well-informed about the process.

Closing Thoughts

Unboxing a new PlayStation can be an enthralling experience since, with a brand new console comes new experiences. However, the experience can be made even better with the data that you’ve accumulated over the years on your old console.

With the methods discussed in this post, you can seamlessly transfer your precious data to your new PS5 and pick up exactly where you left off.

Next, learn how to connect PS5 Controller to your phone and take your gaming everywhere.

Adnan Rehan
Adnan Rehan
Adnan is a BMS graduate and a senior games writer at Sparkian. He's a gaming enthusiast with plenty of knowledge of the gaming world, including the latest games, strategies, and epic adventures. Besides gaming, he loves to write about tech over at Geekflare.

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