How to Make the PS4 Download Faster

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What to Know

  • Download in Rest Mode: Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Functions Available in Rest Mode > Stay Connected to the Internet .
  • Switch DNS: Settings > Set Up Internet Connection > Use Wi-Fi > Custom > Automatic > Do Not Specify > Manual > enter IP address.
  • Use a proxy server: Settings > Network > Set Up Internet Connection > Use Wi-FI > Custom > Router > Automatic or Do Not Specify > Server's IP and port number.

This article explains how to speed up downloads on PlayStation 4 by downloading in Rest Mode, switching the DNS, and using a proxy server. It also includes simple tips to increase download speed on all versions of the PlayStation 4, including the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim model.

Simple Ways to Increase PS4 Downloads Speed

How fast your PS4 can download games, movies, and other software depends largely on your internet connection. That said, here are some basic best practices to abide by to speed up your PS4 downloads:

  • Download one thing at a time: Avoid downloading multiple items simultaneously.
  • Don't play online during downloads: It will slow down both your game and the download.
  • Pause and Resume: If your download seems stuck at a certain percentage, try pausing and resuming the download to see if that fixes it.
  • Install the latest version of the PS4 system software: You should automatically be prompted to download PS4 system updates when they become available, but if you somehow missed an update, you can get it by navigating to Settings > System Software Update.

How to Download in Rest Mode

One of the best ways to relieve the burden of waiting for a download is to let it run while your PlayStation 4 is in Rest Mode. Rest Mode is a low-power state in which the console is off, but some functions (like charging controllers and peripherals via USB) can still run.

Here's how to tell your PlayStation 4 to finish downloads when you aren't using it.

  1. From your main dashboard with all of your games, scroll up and to the right and select the toolbox icon to open the Settings.

    Settings on a PlayStation 4
  2. Select Power Save Settings.

    Power Save Settings on a PlayStation 4
  3. Choose Set Functions Available in Rest Mode.

    Set Features Available in Rest Mode option in PS4 Settings
  4. Check the box next to Stay Connected to the Internet so your console can continue downloading while at rest. 

    Stay Connected to the Internet option on a PS4

Optimizing Your Internet Settings for Faster PS4 Downloads

Slow PS4 downloads are usually caused by poor internet connections rather than problems with the console itself. Internet issues can stem from malfunctioning hardware or the limitations set by your internet provider. Depending on your internet plan, you may be limited in how much data you can download at once. If you notice your internet is chronically slow, consider upgrading to a better plan or switching providers.

Your modem and router also have limitations on how much data they can handle at once. Even if you're paying for a top tier internet plan, you can only fully utilize it if your hardware is capable of supporting it. You can check with your internet provider to make sure you have the right equipment for your internet package.

Optimizing your internet and Wi-Fi settings doesn't just mean paying for faster internet; there are several free tricks you can try to improve the efficiency of your connection:

  • Router location: Determine the best place for your wireless router. It should be in a central location with no nearby obstructions.
  • Download when no one else is using the internet: A crowded Wi-Fi network can slow down your PS4 downloads, so if another user is downloading something at the same time, both downloads will suffer.
  • Circumvent the router: To get around Wi-Fi issues, you can connect your PS4 directly to your modem via an Ethernet cable for faster downloads.

Switching DNS Servers for Faster PS4 Downloads

Adjusting your console's DNS settings is an effective way to speed up PS4 downloads. DNS servers translate human-friendly web addresses into IP addresses, which is why they're called the phone books of the internet. To switch DNS servers:

  1. Open Settings.

    Settings on a PlayStation 4
  2. Select Network.

    Network in PS4 Settings
  3. Open Set Up Internet Connection.

    Set Up Internet Connection in PS4 Settings
  4. Select Use Wi-Fi if your console is connected to a wireless network, or choose Use a LAN Cable if your console is connected directly to your modem.

    Set up Internet Connection on PS4
  5. Select Custom to change your DNS settings.

    If you're using a Wi-Fi network, you'll be asked to choose your network from a list.

    Set Up Internet Connection on a PS4
  6. You should now be on the IP Address Settings screen. Select Automatic.

    IP Address Settings on a PS4
  7. Choose Do Not Specify.

    DHCP Host settings on a PS4
  8. Select Manual to directly edit your DNS IP addresses.

    DNS settings on a PS4
  9. You'll be prompted to enter primary and secondary IP addresses for your DNS server of choice. Either of these options should give you a significant boost over the default settings:

    • Google: (Primary); (Secondary)
    • OpenDNS: (Primary); (Secondary)

    You can experiment with different DNS servers to see which one works best for your location.


  10. Once finished, select Next at the bottom of the screen to move on to your MTU settings.

    Custom DNS settings on a PS4
  11. On the next screen, select Automatic.

    Do not try to lower your console's default MTU number. This solution no longer increases the speed of PS4 downloads.

    MTU Settings on a PlayStation 4
  12. From the Proxy Servers page, select Do Not Use.

    Proxy Server settings on a PlayStation 4
  13. On the next screen, select Test Internet Connection to see if your download speeds have improved.

    Results can differ between tests, so run a few to get a closer idea of how fast your connection is.

    Test Internet Connection screen on a PlayStation 4

Speed Up PS4 Downloads With a Proxy Server

If you're still unsatisfied with the speed of your PS4 downloads, you can set up a proxy server on your laptop or desktop computer to aid the process.

  1. Download and install the proxy server software on your computer. Windows users can try CCProxy for free; Mac users can try SquidMan.

  2. Launch your proxy server and obtain its IP and port numbers. If you're using CCProxy, this information can be found in the options menu.

  3. Set up a new internet connection on your PS4. Navigate to Settings > Network > Set Up Internet Connection > Use Wi-FI > Custom, then select your router.

  4. Select either Automatic or Do Not Specify for everything until you reach the Proxy Server page.

  5. Enter your proxy server's IP and port number.

  6. Your PS4 will now use your computer as a proxy server, which should result in faster downloads.

With this setup, your PS4 will only be able to connect to the internet via your proxy server. Therefore, you may want to reconfigure your settings when you're done downloading large files.

  • How do you fix slow Wi-Fi on PS4?

    To fix slow Wi-Fi on PS4, move the router closer to the console or use an Ethernet cable. You can also try rebooting the modem and router, disabling PS4 Remote Play, and using a 5 GHz network.

  • How do you pause a download on PS4?

    To pause a PS4 download, from the home screen press Up and go to Notifications > Downloads. Choose the download, then press X on the controller to pause it. 

  • How do you update games on PS4?

    To update PS4 games, highlight the title in your library and press the Options button > Check for Update. To enable automatic updates, go to Settings > System > Automatic Downloads and turn on Application Update Files.

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