You finished a game on yours PlayStation 4 and you no longer want to see it on the main screen? Do you need space on your PS4 and a title is taking up a large part of the console’s hard drive? There is no doubt: the solution to your problem is the deletion of unnecessary titles from the internal memory of the PlayStation. Don’t worry: it is a very simple operation that requires very few minutes of free time.
To be able to complete this operation, you just have to read and put into practice the instructions described in this guide on how to uninstall PS4 games. As a final result, you will be able to have more space on your console and you will finally no longer see that game you didn’t like very much on the main screen. In case you were wondering, it will be possible to reinstall that title later, whether you have it in digital or physical copy.
Courage: what are you waiting for? Take five minutes of free time and follow the short steps below. I can assure you that deleting a game from the PS4 is not difficult at all and that you can go back to playing other titles (or installing new ones) in no time at all. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!
- How to delete games on PS4
- How to uninstall PS4 game saves
- How to delete PS4 game updates
- In case of second thoughts
- Alternative solutions
How to delete games on PS4
If you need to free up memory space on your PlayStation 4 but you don’t know how to uninstall games on PS4, take a few minutes of free time and put into practice the instructions you find below.
First of all, look for the title to delete: the latter can be found directly on the main screen of the PS4 or, if you have not played with it for a long time, in the folder Collection. Now all you have to do is press the button Options of the controller above the icon of the game to be deleted and select the option Delete from the screen that opens.
Now press the button X of the controller above the inscription OK and, in a few seconds, the selected game will be deleted from your PlayStation 4. Its saves will still remain on the hard drive of the console, so you can start where you left off (in case of second thoughts).
As mentioned above, you can possibly re-download the game from PlayStation Store (if you had purchased it digitally) or reinstall it via disc (if you had purchased a physical copy).
How to uninstall PS4 game saves
Did saving a video game get corrupted and won’t let you go on? Were there any bugs (errors) during the adventure and you got stuck? Don’t worry: the PlayStation 4 operating system allows you to delete game saves in no time.
Just go to the toolbar top and press the button X of the controller above theSettings icon. Then select Storage memory and choose the HDD where the saves are present. In the absence of external hard drive, simply select System storage memory. Now press the button X of the controller above the writing Data Saved.
You will be offered the list of saves of the titles you have played. Now you just have to select thegame icon of your interest, press the button Options controller above it and choose the option Delete from the menu that opens.
Finally, press the button X on the controller to check the box next to the save file, select the option again Delete and press the button X controller on OK. Perfect, you have deleted the data you wanted. Happy?
How to delete PS4 game updates
Did you have more fun playing the first version of a game for some reason? Did an update corrupt a title that no longer works well? Perhaps there is a solution (although not exactly convenient and quite limited): if you have the physical copy of the title, you can delete its updates.
To do this, all you have to do is uninstall the game of your interest (following the instructions described in the chapter on how to delete games on PS4) e reinsert the disc inside the console. I recommend that you keep the PlayStation 4 offline, as the operating system will otherwise start the download of the update you removed every time the game is started.
To temporarily disconnect from the network, you need to go to the toolbar top, press the key X controller on Settings, to select Net and remove the check which is next to the writing Connect to the Internet.
When you want to go back to playing online, simply reactivate this checkbox. For more information, I recommend you take a look at my tutorial on how to play online on PS4.
In case of second thoughts
How do you say? Have you uninstalled a game but have changed your mind and want to go back to living that adventure? Don’t worry: reinstalling a deleted title is a trivial task, no matter what version you have.
In case you own the physical copy of the game, simply enter the disk inside the PS4 player and the console will automatically re-install the game. As for the digital version, just press the button X of the controller above thePlayStation Store icon and select the inscription Search for located in the top bar of the application.
Now, write the title of the game and select the relevant icon from the list that appears on the right. After that, all you have to do is press the button X of the controller above the writing Download.
Perfect, now the download of the title and you will be able to return to play in no time at all (times vary depending on the “weight” of the game and the Internet connection available to you).
For more information on the whole procedure, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to download free games on PS4.
If you don’t want to deprive yourself of any games but, at the same time, don’t want to run out of disk space on your PS4, you can take advantage of an external hard drive to expand the console’s memory. The operation is trivial and does not take long to put into practice.
Before proceeding, make sure your external hard drive supports the standard USB 3.0 and has at least 250GB internal memory. In case you don’t know, I recommend that you consult the instruction manual. Other than that, you need to know that you can only connect one external device at a time and that the configuration as a disc for PS4 will erase all data on the hard disk connected to the console.
That said, let’s take action. If you want to extend the memory of the PS4 with an external hard drive, connect the latter to one of the USB ports of the console, go to the toolbar top and press the button X of the controller above theSettings icon.
After that, select the option Devices and then that USB storage devices. At this point, choose your hard drive from the list and press the button X of the controller above the writing Format as extended storage memory. Then, press successively on Come on, Format And Yup. Wait for the formatting to finish and press the key X of the controller above OK.
To set the external hard drive as the default storage space for the PS4, all you have to do is go to the section Storage memory settings, press the button Options of the controller above Extended storage memory and select the option Application installation location that appears on the screen.
Perfect: you have correctly configured your hard drive and the next games you install on the PS4 (with the relative data) will be saved directly on the external device. Happy?