How to increase your PS5 storage space and manage what you already have


Although the PlayStation 5 is hard to come by, many gamers now take pride in owning PS5 consoles. However, you may find that your storage is already full of all the games you want to play and you may be wondering how to better manage your PS5 storage.

As Sony prepares to release many great PS5 games over the next few years, you’ll need all the space you can get. Luckily, we’ve got some tips for better managing your PS5 storage, as well as increasing it if you need more.

How to check your PS5 storage space

It’s a good idea to understand how to access your PlayStation 5’s storage settings, so that when you need to manage your space, you can navigate it.

Checking the storage status of your PS5 is quite simple. When you launch your console and are logged into your profile, you will find yourself on the Homepage, where you access all your games and apps. From there, select the Settings option at the top right of the screen (marked as a small cog), and head to the Storage tongue.

PlayStation 5 with settings highlighted

Once in the Storage menu, you will receive a bar which shows a mixture of colors. This indicates the space occupied by the various segments, these being Games and apps, media gallery, and Recorded data. The last installment Otheris the space occupied by the operating system and system data, which means that it cannot be deleted or even modified in any way.


PS5 Storage Tab

Delete your unplayed games and apps

Generally, people download many games at one time without intending to play them at the same time. Having dozens of the many PS5 games available on your storage drive that are unused is just wasted space. It’s best to delete games you’re not currently playing and re-download them later.

To do this, from Storage menu, select the tab Console storage (which is automatically highlighted when you enter the Storage menu.) From there, click on the tab, Games and appswhich will show a list of games and apps that you currently have installed on your device.

If you look to the left, there is a button with three lines and an arrow. It’s the kind button, which allows you to filter games and applications in different ways (file size, date of use, etc.).

PS5 Games and Apps Storage List

Once you have sorted your list, you can browse the list and click on the box to select the games you want to delete. When you select a game for the first time, the bottom right button, To deletewill change from transparent to highlighted, indicating that it is now selectable.

Once you have selected the games you wish to delete, go to To delete button and click on it. A pop-up window will ask you if you are sure you want to delete the games listed, as well as how much storage space that the games take in total. To select Okay to confirm deletion.

PS5 removal popup

Physical games take up the same storage as digital

Whether you have a PlayStation 5 Digital or Disc edition, the storage you get with the console is exactly the same: 825GB SSD. But, there is also no difference in space between installing a physical game and a digital game on the PlayStation 5. Regardless of the other pros and cons of each console, storage n not part of it.

However, a physical game will install faster than its digital counterpart thanks to the fact that it copies data primarily from disc instead of downloading content from a server. Still, if you only own a PS5 Digital Edition, your storage issues are the same as the Disc Edition.

Use an external hard drive

If you’re upgrading from last-gen consoles to the PS5, it’s safe to assume you’ll have an external hard drive lying around. These can be used on the PlayStation 5, with a few exceptions.

External hard drives (or solid-state drives) must be larger than 250 GB and smaller than 8 TB. Sony also requires the storage drive to be a 5 Gbps SuperSpeed ​​USB model or later. If you currently have a storage drive that ticks both of these boxes, you’re good to go.

There is also another problem. External USB drives cannot play PlayStation 5 games directly from the drive. You are free to transfer PS5 games to and from the external drive, but only PS4 games can be played directly from an external storage device. If you have a PS5 Digital Edition or buy most of your games digitally, it can still be faster than downloading.

Install a second internal SSD in your PS5

This last tip is by far the most intimidating for many people, especially those who don’t have experience building computers or tinkering with their devices. That being said, installing a second solid-state drive in your PlayStation 5 is probably the best long-term solution.

Unfortunately, this is quite a long process to go through, so if you want to install an SSD in your PS5, you should read our guide on how to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5.

M.2 SSDs can be quite expensive, especially in higher storage capacities. So it’s good to make sure you do your research and read the guide above, so you don’t accidentally ruin your new SSD when installing it on your PS5.

Now you can start playing some games again

Now that you know how to better manage your PS5 storage and how to increase your storage if you want to add more, you can start playing games again. That’s, we guess, why you bought a PS5 in the first place. And once you’ve solved the storage issues, there are plenty of other tips and tricks to know.

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