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How to download PS4 saves on PS5

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To download your PS4 saves on PS5 is something you'll definitely want to do for games you're picking up on the new PlayStation 5 console. Who wants to lose all their progress and have to start again? Generally speaking, the majority of PS4 saves should leap over automatically to your PS5, though occasionally you might have to do it manually, depending on the situation. Just to muddy things a little further, the process you can use to do this is very different from downloading your saves on PS4, and you'll have to manage it all via the settings menu, not just interact with the game options directly. Don't worry though - we'll walk you through it concisely and clearly below. 

So, with that in mind, here are the two ways to download your PS4 saves on PS5 and pick up exactly where you left off. 

1. Download PS4 saves on PS5 via the Cloud

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If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been since you were playing on PS4, all your PS4 saves should be safely nestled in the cloud ready to download straight onto your PS5 with minimal fuss. 

In order to find them, head to:

Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage > Download to Console Storage

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From here, you'll be given a list of all the PS4 saves you currently have stored in the cloud. You can either go through and tick all the ones you want to transfer, or simply hit the select all toggle to the right. It's then just a case of downloading them all to your PS5. 

2. Download PS4 saves on PS5 via USB

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The second way of downloading your PS4 saves to PS5 is via a USB. You can use this method if you're not a PlayStation Plus subscriber, and it's just as easy, you'll just need access to your PS4. 

On your PS4, head to:

Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage  > Copy to USB Storage Device

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Here you'll find the full list of every single PS4 game save you've got stored on your PS4. If you hit the options button you can then choose to select multiple applications and move across every PS4 save you'll want access to on PS5 - or simply just select all. Hit copy, and then it'll move them all onto your USB drive.

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Once that's all done, plug the USB drive into your PS5 and then go to:

Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > USB Drive > Copy to Console Storage

Just hit select all, and then copy to move all your PS4 saves onto your PS5. After that you're ready to play! Enjoy.

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