The PS5 offers a a number of ways to play your favorite PS4 games. Ways, which include, re-downloading said title or inserting the disc, however, there is a caveat. You will notice, regardless of which method, save files are not carried over to the PS5 automatically.
So, if you wish to jump back into your favorite PS4 games, you’ll have to transfer your data manually. Thankfully, this isn’t too big of a hassle. Especially when forgoing, USB or cloud saves, the steps on how to transfer data from PS4 to PS5, is actually quite simple.
A Guide on How to Transfer PS4 Data to PS5
First, you want to make sure both the PS4 and PS5 are connected to the internet. As well as, checking that you have downloaded the most recent software update for each console. You can find the ability to transfer data in the settings, located at the top right corner of the PS5’s home. Once, in settings, go to system, system software and then, data transfer.
To speed the process considerably, I recommend using a LAN cable to connect the two consoles. Next, ensure that both consoles sign into the same account. Then, continue until a screen pops up telling you to hold down the PS4’s power button for a second until you hear a beep. The PS4 will restart, thus, beginning the data transfer process.
With this complete, a new screen will appear on your PlayStation 5. This screen, shows all of the saved data found on your PS4. Once here, you can individually select whichever data you want carried over to your PS5. This screen also display’s your PS5’s current storage, so you can keep track of exactly how much you can carry over before hitting the storage limit.
Once you have finished with that step, click next and a “Ready to Transfer” screen will appear. This screen indicates how long the transfer will take. And again, using the LAN cable, completed this in under an hour.
Finally, both the PS4 and PS5 will restart when the transfer completes. Worth noting, that throughout the entirety of the transfer process, the PS4 will also a have screen indicating how much time remains. Just for safety, you don’t want to remove any cords or press any buttons until the PS5 notifies you that the transfer is complete.
And with that notification, you’re good to go continue those games you started on your now, ancient PS4.