How to Fix It When Your PS4 Wi-Fi Is Slow

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If your PS4 connection speed is slow when you're trying to play a game, it can cause all sorts of issues from lagging in games to slow download speeds. These issues are frustrating, but they can be resolved with a few troubleshooting tips.

Cause of Slow Wi-Fi on PS4

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There are a number of different reasons you could be encountering slow internet when connected over Wi-Fi. These reasons can include these and other issues:

  • Interference, such as brick walls or other structural issues, which make it difficult for your console to detect (and connect) to the internet.
  • A connection that is overloaded with multiple devices streaming at the same time.

While it's difficult to know exactly why your internet is so slow on PS4, there are a variety of ways to troubleshoot this issue and fix it.

How to Fix Slow Wi-Fi on PS4

Whether you're playing on an original PS4, the Slim version, or a PS4 Pro, slow Wi-Fi issues can strike. These fixes work on any version of the console, though some of them may be more effective than others.

The Original PS4 is known for its connectivity issues due to the wireless card installed on the console. So if that's the version you have, running into issues may happen more frequently as your system ages.

  1. Use an ethernet cable to hardwire your PS4. This is the easiest fix for dealing with slow connection feeds. All it requires is connecting your PS4 with an Ethernet cable to the router. With a hardline connection, you don't need to worry about any kind of interference and you'll get the best connection, upload, and download speeds for your PS4.

    Using an ethernet cord means you won't be connected over Wi-Fi but it does mean you'll have a better connection to the internet since you'll be plugged directly into the router.

  2. Move your router closer to the console. Distance can cause your PS4's Wi-Fi connection to become unstable, especially if there is interference from internal walls or other obstacles the Wi-Fi signal must travel through. The closer your PS4 is to your router, the easier it will be to keep a stable connection to Wi-Fi.

    If you have brick internal walls in your home, moving closer to the router is especially important as it can be hard for a signal to break through. At the very least try to keep your console and router in the same room.

  3. Disable remote play. In some isolated cases, disabling Remote Play from the settings of your PS4 can deal with connection issues. This is because Remote Play essentially creates its own mini-network to connect to other devices. By disabling it, you're freeing up the PS4 to concentrate on the game you are playing right now.

    You can find Remote Play Settings inside the PS4 Settings menu, under Remote Play Connection Settings.

  4. Use a 5 GHz network. A 5 GHz network will give you a stronger signal that can handle more devices connected to the network. If this option is available to you, connect your PS4 to it, rather than a 2.4 GHz network.

If you have to use a 2.4 GHz connection, try disconnecting other devices, such as consoles, computers, and phones, from the Wi-Fi network.