It used to be when you bought a console, upgrading your storage was something that was easier said than done. When you initially pick up a PlayStation 4, 500GB or a 1TB of space seems like a lot. In reality, that might only hold 15 or 20 games, and when it comes to games that require multiple updates, that number shrinks even more. Luckily, all you need is a USB 3.0 external hard drive, and you can access up hundreds of gigabytes more storage space for your console.
Our top picks
- Save some space: Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive ($80 at Amazon)
- Extra storage: WD 2TB Elements External Hard Drive ($60 at Amazon)
First, connect your external hard drive to the PlayStation 4 via USB port.
- From the menu go to settings
- Click on devices.
Click on USB storage devices
- Click on the USB hard drive you want to use.
- Click on format as extended storage.
It's important to note that formatting your external hard drive will wipe all data off of it, and you'll have to designate that hard drive specifically to the PlayStation 4 going forward. It's also worth noting that the external hard drive will become the default option for items on the PlayStation 4. Thankfully, switching back to the PS4's internal storage isn't tough at all.
How to choose which storage device is the default
- From the menu, go to settings.
- Scroll down to storage.
- Choose which of the two storage devices you'd like to download to.
- Press the options button on that storage and then select Application install location to designate that as the default download location.
In case you want to take out your external hard drive altogether, that's also an easy task!
How to disconnect an external hard drive from PlayStation 4
- From the menu select settings.
- Click on devices.
- Click USB storage devices.
Click stop using this extended storage.
Once you've done this you're good to go and will be able to download a lot more games. The PlayStation 4 can support up to an 8TB external hard drive should you need that much space, but a simple 2TB model should serve you well.
Designed for PS4
This particular hard drive was specifically designed by a reliable brand name to work with PlayStation 4 consoles. It sports an outer edge in the system's trademark blue color.
If you don't care for the blue edge of the Seagate, you can pick up another reliable brand name with the WD Elements 2TB External Hard Drive. It works just as well and it's cheaper.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Stock up on the best PlayStation 4 titles before it's too late
The PlayStation 5 will be backward compatible but only has one announced launch title. Make sure you have plenty of ways to enjoy your new console by buying the best games of the generation.
Grab one of these co-op games for your PS4 to play with your Valentine
Dinner and a movie. A night out on the town. Ice skating at the park. These are all great Valentine's Day activities. But if you're living happily in a gamer marriage, a night in with your significant other playing PS4 can be just as romantic.
The BioShock Collection, and more, are free this month on PS Plus
If you have a PlayStation Plus membership, then you know about PlayStation's free games of the month. Here are the free games you can get this month with your membership.