How to Transfer Data from Your Old PlayStation to Your New PlayStation 5

Why Transfer Your Data?

Transferring your data ensures that you don't lose your game progress, saved data, and settings. This includes game saves, screenshots, videos, and profile information. Here’s how you can do it:

Preparation Steps

Before starting the transfer process, make sure you have the following:

  1. Both consoles: Your old PlayStation (PS4 or PS3) and your new PlayStation 5.
  2. Internet Connection: A stable internet connection to ensure smooth data transfer.
  3. PlayStation Network (PSN) Account: Make sure you’re signed into the same PSN account on both consoles.

Method 1: Using Wi-Fi or LAN Cable

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Update Both Consoles: Ensure both your old PlayStation and PS5 are updated to the latest system software.
  2. Connect to the Same Network: Connect both consoles to the same Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, you can use a LAN cable for a faster, more stable connection.
  3. Prepare for Transfer on PS5:
    • Go to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer on your PS5.
    • Select "Continue" to start the process.
  4. Prepare for Transfer on Your Old PlayStation:
    • Follow the on-screen instructions on your old PlayStation to get it ready for the transfer.
  5. Start the Transfer:
    • Your PS5 will detect the old console. Select it to start the transfer.
    • Choose the data you want to transfer. You can select games, saved data, and other information.
    • Confirm and start the transfer. The time taken will depend on the amount of data being transferred.

Method 2: Using an External Storage Device

If you prefer to use an external storage device, here’s how:

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Prepare Your External Storage Device:
    • Connect a USB storage device to your old PlayStation.
    • Go to Settings > System > Backup and Restore > Back Up PS4 (or PS3) on your old console.
    • Follow the prompts to back up your data to the USB device.
  2. Transfer Data to PS5:
    • Connect the USB storage device to your PS5.
    • Go to Settings > System > System Software > Back Up and Restore > Restore PS5.
    • Follow the prompts to restore your data from the USB device to your PS5.

Method 3: Cloud Storage (PlayStation Plus Subscribers)

For PlayStation Plus subscribers, transferring data via cloud storage is another convenient method:

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Upload Data to the Cloud:
    • On your old PlayStation, go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage.
    • Select the data you want to upload to the cloud.
  2. Download Data on PS5:
    • On your PS5, go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage > Download to Console Storage.
    • Choose the data you want to download and follow the prompts.

Tips for a Smooth Transfer

  • Ensure Stable Internet Connection: A wired connection is always more stable and faster than Wi-Fi.
  • Backup Important Data: Before starting the transfer, ensure all your important data is backed up.
  • Check for System Updates: Make sure both consoles are running the latest system software to avoid compatibility issues.


Transferring data from your old PlayStation to your new PlayStation 5 is straightforward if you follow the right steps. Whether you choose to use Wi-Fi, a LAN cable, an external storage device, or cloud storage, ensuring a smooth transition is essential for continuing your gaming journey without interruption.

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