How to update your PS5

Sony is constantly releasing new updates for the PS5 to improve the playability of your console. These updates may include minor quality of life improvements, bug patches, or even major OS revisions.


You should make sure to update your console as soon as a new update is released to make sure it works properly. But how do you update your PS5? If you find yourself asking this question, you’ve come to the right place.


How do I know when to update my PS5?

The PS5 is the ninth generation PlayStation console, so there’s constant support for it from Sony. It is not uncommon to see new updates to the system every few months or even more frequently.

PS5 updates are not released on a schedule, so checking in every once in a while to see if a new update has been released is a good idea. You can keep up to date with all the new PS5 updates via the PlayStation support website or on the console itself.

Updating your PS5 is the best way to keep your console running at its best. But if you’re still looking for ways to push the boundaries of your console, check out our guide on how to enable 120Hz output on your PS5. This increases the frame rate even further to exponentially improve your gaming experience.

There are three ways to update your PS5

When it comes time to update your PS5, there are three ways to do it. You can also skip these steps and follow our guide to learn how to activate automatic updates on your PS5. But if you want to update your PS5 yourself, you can update it manually via a USB stick, via the system settings or a shortcut in the Home menu.

1. Update your PS5 from the home screen

In the shortcut menu on the home screen, you’ll find a shortcut to not only your system updates, but all the other updates for your games.

  1. Press the PS button on your DualSense controller.
  2. Scroll to the right until you reach Downloads/Uploads.
  3. This will bring up a list of all your available downloads. Select your system update from this list and follow the on-screen prompts to update your console.

This method is the fastest way to update your PS5.

Follow the instructions below to install updates from your settings menu.

  1. Open your PS5 settings by selecting the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Scroll down to System.
  3. From System softwareselect System software update and settings.
  4. If you need to update your system, you will see the update in the Update System Software section. Select it and download the update.

These two methods are the only ways to update your PS5 from the console itself.

3. Manually update your PS5 in safe mode

If your console is having trouble installing the update, reboot the system and try again. If that still doesn’t work, you can manually update your PS5 via a USB stick. Here’s how:

  1. Create a folder named PS5 on a USB stick. Make sure it is formatted to FAT32.
  2. Create a second folder in the PS5 folder labeled Update.
  3. Download the PS5 update from the PlayStation support website, you name it PS5UPDATE.PUPand save it in the Update folder.
  4. Connect the USB to your console.
  5. Start your PS5 in safe mode by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds until you hear a second beep.
  6. Select Safe Mode option 3, Update System Software.
  7. Select Update from USB storage deviceand then select Okay.

If you’re having trouble, go back and make sure you’ve labeled your files correctly using the suggestions above, or the PS5 may not recognize them.

Always keep your PS5 updated

Updating your PS5 doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Whichever method you choose, your PS5 will be in top condition in no time.

Making sure that both your PS5 console and the DualSense controller work with the current software is very important, as running either one on outdated software can cause performance issues. If you ever experience any issues with your console or controller, a system update should be your first port of call.

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