How to Manually update or reinstall PS4 system software using a USB drive

How to Manually update or reinstall PS4 system software using a USB drive

Title: How to Manually Update or Reinstall PS4 System Software Using a USB Drive

Introduction: Welcome to our guide on how to manually update or reinstall the PS4 system software using a USB drive. Sometimes, it's necessary to update or reinstall the system software on your PS4 to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to do it using a USB drive.

Note: Please make sure to follow the instructions carefully, and use this method only if you're experiencing issues with your PS4 system software.


Before we begin, here are some things you'll need:

  • A USB drive (preferably with at least 1GB of storage capacity).
  • A computer with internet access.
  • A PS4 controller.
  • An internet connection for downloading the necessary files.

Step 1: Prepare the USB Drive

  • Connect the USB drive to your computer.
  • Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  • Right-click on the USB drive and select "Format."
  • In the Format window, choose either FAT32 or exFAT as the file system. We recommend using FAT32.
  • Click the "Start" button to format the USB drive. This process may take a few moments.
  • Once the formatting is complete, you'll have a USB drive with the FAT32 file system.

Step 2: Download the PS4 System Software

  • Visit the official PlayStation website to download the PS4 system software.
  • Choose whether you want to update or reinstall the PS4 system software. If you're experiencing issues, it's usually best to select the "reinstall" option.

Step 3: Prepare the USB Drive

  • Go back to File Explorer or Finder.
  • Inside the USB drive, create a folder named "PS4."
  • Inside the "PS4" folder, create another folder named "UPDATE."

Step 4: Copy the PS4 System Software

  • Once the download is complete, locate the downloaded "ps4update.pup" file.
  • Copy the "ps4update.pup" file to the "UPDATE" folder on your USB drive.

Step 5: Put Your PS4 in Safe Mode

  • Make sure your PS4 console is turned off.
  • Press and hold the power button on the front of the PS4 console. Keep holding it until you hear a second beep (about 7 seconds after the initial beep). This will put your PS4 into Safe Mode.

Step 6: Reinstall the PS4 System Software

  • Connect the PS4 controller to the PS4 console using a USB cable.
  • Press the PlayStation button on the controller. Your PS4 will now be in Safe Mode.
  • Using your controller, select option 7, "Reinstall System Software."
  • Plug the USB drive containing the update file into one of the USB ports on your PS4 console.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process.

Step 7: Update the PS4 System Software (Optional)

If you want to update the PS4 system software instead of reinstalling it, follow these steps:

  • In Safe Mode, select option 3, "Update System Software."
  • Select "Update from USB Storage Device."
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to update your PS4 system software.

Conclusion: Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to manually update or reinstall the PS4 system software using a USB drive. This process can help resolve software-related issues and keep your PS4 running smoothly. If you have any questions or encounter any issues, feel free to leave a comment or seek further assistance. Thanks for watching and reading!

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