Whether you log in 10 hours or play 100 games, start over because something that happened to the save file is a gut-wrenching. Don’t let this happen to you! Back up your PS4 data storage, and save yourself from pain.
Why Back Up Your Savings Data?
Say you are playing a game with a known problem that has not been patched. This particular problem causes damage which some say might damage storing data. You have read horror stories on Reddit and Twitter and want to take steps to protect your stored data.
By backing up the storage file manually, you can take a snapshot of your progress at a certain time. Then, even if the worst happens, you will only lose progress since the last snapshot. It still stings, but it’s better than the full one.
Now, imagine you turn on your PS4 one day only to find an error on the screen. The system says the hard drive is damaged and must be formatted if you want to use your console. You have the potential to lose an entire library to store data.
Fire, flooding, or any kind of sudden hardware failure can make your hard drive useless. With automatic online backup, when you finally run and run your console, your saved data will be waiting for you.
What if you stay at a friend’s house and want to jump into a game where you leave it at home. With Sony’s cloud backup, you can log in to your PSN account and download your save file. After you finish playing, you can also upload an updated save file so you don’t lose progress when playing again at home.
Protecting your stored data, and, furthermore, your progress, provides peace of mind. You can also download file downloads on request if you need them.
Back up PS4 Automatically Save Data to the Cloud
To automatically back up data storage in the cloud, you must subscribe to PlayStation Plus. You can then do this through the PlayStation Store or the PlayStation Plus icon on the PS4 Home screen. At U.S., the service is $ 59.99 per year or $ 9.99 per month. By subscribing, you also get two free games per month and the ability to play online
If you have subscribed to PlayStation Plus, cloud save may have been activated. You can save up to 100GB of stored data to the cloud.
You can only upload save data automatically from your main console. If you only have one PS4, you don’t need to worry about this. If you play on multiple consoles, you can make it the main PS4 for your account by going to Settings> Account Management> Activate as your Primary PS4.
Next, make sure your console stays connected to the internet every time you activate Rest Mode. This ensures the console can finish uploading as soon as you finish playing. To enable this, go to Settings> Power Saving Settings> Set Functions Available in Rest Mode> Stay Connected to the Internet.
Now, make sure the “Enable Automatic Upload” option is enabled under Settings> Management of Application Saved Data> Automatic Upload. When it’s activated, your library of savings is safe in the cloud. You can also specify automatic upload settings for certain games if desired.
When you first activate this setting, you may have to wait several hours for all of your stored data to be transferred to the cloud. This depends entirely on how much data you have stored, and the speed at which you upload your internet connection.
Back Up Manually PS4 Saving Data to the Cloud
You can also upload save to Sony’s server manually. If you have automatic upload turned on, you might be able to leave it alone and let your PS4 handle it.
The main reason you might want to upload save manually is if you are playing on PS4 which is not set as your main console. If you want to maintain progress on several consoles, you must upload the saved file that is stored on another PS4 manually.
Uploading manually is very easy, but there are two ways to do it. If the game is on the Home screen, highlight it, then press the Options button. Select “Upload / Download Saved Data.” From here, you can choose “Upload All” or “Select and Upload” if there is a specific storage file that you want to upload.
You can also access these options through the console preferences. Simply go to Settings> Stored Data Management Application> Stored Data in System Storage, then select “Upload to Online Storage.”
Wait for the PS4 to read the disc (this can take a minute or two), then select the game you want. You can also press Options and select “Select Multiple Applications” to upload the entire folder.
When you upload a save file, you will be asked if you want to overwrite the related file that is in storage. Not all games support a lot of file storage, but many support. If you are playing a game with one storage file, you must make sure the version you upload is what you want to keep.
Back up PS4 Save Data to USB for Free
If you don’t have PlayStation Plus, you can still back up data storage manually. You need a backup USB drive. Make sure it’s empty, because PS4 might have to format the drive before you can use it, which will erase the content.
You can also format a USB drive to exFAT or FAT32 (NTFS and APFS won’t work) beforehand if you want. You can do this in Windows or in “Disk Utility” on Mac.
First, connect the USB drive to one of the USB ports on the front of your PS4. Then, go to Settings> Saved Data Management Applications> Data Stored in System Storage> Copy to USB Storage Device. If you don’t see this option, make sure the USB drive is fully inserted and formatted correctly.
Wait for PS4 to scan your drive. On the next screen, you can select individual games, highlight all the files you want to save, and then select “Copy.”
If you want to back up lots of applications, press Options, and select “Select Multiple Applications” to copy the entire folder to save files for several game titles.
Manual USB backup is the best protection against a single, corrupted storage file. If a corrupted storage file is sent automatically to PlayStation Plus, you will lose the old (undamaged) version. You can also turn off automatic uploads, but it keeps your other files in danger.
You never know when something will go wrong. However, if you play a game with a known problem (or one that crashes frequently), a manual USB backup is worth the effort. Then, if an error occurs and your cloud file save is not good, you can restore it manually and lose a little progress.
Restore Save Data from Cloud or USB
Restoring your saved data manually is easy – just go to Settings> Management of Application Saved Data. There, you can choose “Data Stored in Online Storage” or “Data Stored on USB Storage Device.” Select the source from which you want to copy data, and then select “Download to System Storage.”
On the next screen, you will see a list of games. Press the Options button on your controller to use the “Select Multiple Applications” option and restore several games at once. You can also choose certain games and restore certain storage files if desired. Select “Download / Copy” and save your data will be restored.
Can You Share PS4 File Save?
Save your data bound to the PlayStation Network account where it was created, not the console. This means you can download and transfer your storage data to another PS4, as long as the same account exists on the console.
However, that also means you can’t share save files with other players – they can only be accessed by you.