How to turn off auto updates for games on PlayStation 4

Auto updates for games make life a lot more convenient when you don't need to manually keep track of them, but a lot of people still would rather this feature be turned off completely. Whether it's because a new update causes a game to unintentionally crash or you don't want to go over your data cap, here's how to turn off auto updates on PlayStation 4.

How to turn off auto updates for games on PlayStation 4

  1. From the home screen (as seen above), navigate nearly all the way to the right to Settings, just before the Power options.
  2. Then scroll all the way down to the bottom and choose System (NOT System Software Updates).

  1. Now choose Automatic Downloads.
  2. Finally, uncheck the box next to Application Update Files.

This will stop all automatic updates for games and apps. Once this is done you can turn off your PlayStation 4 or put it in Rest Mode. Updates should no longer download without your knowledge.

Updating manually

Now that you have turned off automatic updates, you will need to do so manually. After all, the games still need these updates to play, but now you have control over which games update and when they do.

To update manually, go to your notifications, hit options on your controller, and then scroll to downloads. From here you can see what games and apps are installed and which have updates ready for them. You can then choose to update as you see fit.

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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.