With the release of the latest generation consoles, the PS5 and Xbox X Series, the time may well have come for you to sell your PS4. Even if it’s not to upgrade to a new console, your old PS4 may just be a bit buggy or broken, or perhaps you’ve just decided it’s time to sell up. It could also help you fix a few bugs, so you may want to consider a factory reset if your PS4 is acting up too. Sometimes you’ll find that a simple soft reset of your console could fix these bugs, but sometimes you’ll have to go further and restore your PS4 to factory settings.
Regardless of your reasons, performing a factory reset on your PS4 can be useful, but just remember that you’ll be deleting all of your data when you do, so make sure you pay extra attention to the backup part of this guide. So without further ado, let’s break down how to factory reset your Playstation 4.
How to factory reset your ps4
If you’re wondering how to reset PS4 to factory settings, then it’s as simple as following these 6 steps below.
1. Sign in to your PS4 and go to settings
In the settings menu, you’ll be presented with a number of options. What you’re looking for here is Account Management. This is a step that you may miss, but it’s important, and we’ll come on to why in step two.
2. Deactivate your PS4
This step is important, especially if you’re selling your PS4, recycling it or passing it on. If you don’t do this, you’ll have issues when you sign in on another console and try to access or play your downloaded games. You’ll want to make sure you do this, as it identifies this console as the one that’s associated with your account.
In Account Management, click on ‘Activate as Your Primary PS4’. This will likely already be activated, but what you want to do is then click ‘Deactivate’. Press ‘Yes’ when prompted.
3. Back up your saved data
At this point, if not before, you’ll want to back up your data. This can be done in one of two ways:
Back up to an external device
You can back up your data to a USB storage device that’s formatted to FAT or exFAT.
- Attach the USB device to your Playstation
- Navigate to the Settings menu on your PS4
- Click ‘Application Saved Data Management’
- Here you’ll want to select ‘Saved Data in System Storage’
- Then choose ‘Copy to USB Storage Device’
- Select the files you want to back up. You can select more than one at a time by selecting ‘Options’ and then ‘Select Multiple’.
- Then just click ‘Copy’
This method won’t back up trophies. To do that you’ll need to use Playstation Network.
Back up your PS4 data using Playstation Plus Cloud:
This method requires a paid subscription to Playstation Plus, but gives you access to 100GB of cloud storage as well as a number of other benefits like free games.
- Browse to ‘Settings’
- Select ‘Application Saved Data Management’
- Then choose ‘Select Auto-Upload’
- Pick the games you want to automatically upload.
4. Sign back in with your user account
Once your data is backed up, and your PS4 is deactivated, you’re ready to press on and factory reset the PS4. You’ll have been signed out of your account when you deactivated your PS4, so simply sign in as usual.
5. Find the Initialization option
Go back to the Settings menu, and you’ll want to find the ‘Initialization’ option. From here you’ll be presented with three options. You want one of the bottom two, depending on your situation. These are ‘Restore Default Settings’ or ‘Initialize PS4’.
Restore Default Settings: While this may look like the right option, it will only wipe your saved settings and return your Playstation 4 to factory settings. It won’t erase all the data on your hard drive.
Initialize PS4: This will do the same as above, but also completely wipe your PS4’s hard drive. This means it’ll delete games, save data and anything else you’ve downloaded or saved to your PS4 over the years.
6. Choose Full on the Initialize screen
For the purpose of this, we are suggesting you select Initialize. Once you’ve clicked through, you’ll have two options. Either ‘Quick’ or ‘Full’. You’ll want to select ‘Full’. This will wipe everything from your PS4, so for people looking to factory reset your PS4, this is the best option for you.
This full wipe could take a couple of hours, but once it’s finished you’ll have a complete blank PS4, that’s ready for a new user. This is the best option for when you’re selling your PS4 on or recycling it.