How to clear your cache on PlayStation 4

PS4 Pro
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Clearing your PlayStation 4 cache is a quick and easy way to help improve performance if for some reason the cached data is slowing down your console or has become corrupted. This can cause games to temporarily freeze and experience loading and connectivity issues. Thankfully if the problem is your cache bogging the system down, it isn't as dire as it sounds.

How to clear your cache on PS4

  1. Completely turn off your PlayStation 4 console. Do NOT enter Rest Mode.
  2. Wait until the power indicator light on the front of the console stops blinking.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the back of the console. It must be disconnected from the console itself, not just the wall outlet.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into your console.
  6. Turn on your PlayStation 4.

Do certain games require different methods to clear the cache?

Some developers, like Rockstar Games, recommend that after completing the aforementioned steps, you also hold L1+R1 on your controller while booting up the game. That's about the only difference we've found though. For the most part, the process is easy, and you shouldn't have any more problems.

If you're having other problems with your PS4, there's likely a fix out there.

Pick up these great PlayStation 4 accessories and gift cards

PSN Gift Card

PlayStation Network Gift Card (From $10 at Amazon)

You can never go wrong with a PlayStation Network gift card. Whether you're looking to purchase a game, some DLC, or your favorite app, you'll want to have some extra funds in your PSN wallet.

PS Plus 12-month

PlayStation Plus 12-month ($60 at Amazon)

Picking up a PlayStation Plus membership is the best way to get the most out of your console. With a membership set up on your primary PS4, you can share its benefits with your family, from discounts, online multiplayer, and even monthly free games.

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HyperX ChargePlay Duo ($15 at Amazon)

Charge up your controllers without taking up that precious USB space on your console. The HyperX ChargePlay Duo can charge two at once in two hours through an AC adapter.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.