How to Make the PS5 Download Faster

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There are several ways to make games download faster on a PlayStation 5 (Standard and Digital Editions). Try these tips to speed up PS5 downloads or set it up so that downloads can happen even when the console is in Rest Mode.

How to Speed Up PS5 Downloads

The easiest way to speed up your PS5 downloads is to increase your internet connection speed. But before you upgrade your internet package, there are a few simple tricks you can try to make the PS5 download faster.

  • Download just one thing at a time. Trying to download multiple things at once can slow down all your downloads.
  • Don't use online features while downloading. Playing online or using web-based services like Netflix can interfere with downloads.
  • Pause and resume. If a download appears to stall at a certain percentage, pause and resume the download to reconnect with the server.
  • Download in Rest Mode. Leave your PS5 in Rest Mode so that your downloads can continue while you're not playing.
  • Use a wired connection instead of Wi-Fi. An Ethernet connection is always faster and more stable than a wireless one.
  • Update the PS5 system software. The console's software should update automatically, but you can manually check for updates to make sure you have the latest version.
  • Enable automatic updates for "pre-downloading." If you enable automatic updates on your PS5, game updates will "pre-download" to your console while it's in Rest Mode. This lets you start playing a game's latest version as soon as the developer releases an update.

How to Download in Rest Mode

When you put the PS5 in Rest Mode, it goes into a low-power state so that you can resume playing quickly without restarting the console. Follow these steps to make sure your console can continue downloading in Rest Mode.

  1. From the PS5 Home screen, go to Settings.

  2. Select System.

  3. Select Power Saving.

  4. Select Features Available in Rest Mode.

  5. Select Stay Connected to the Internet to enable it (if it's not already enabled).

  6. To download updates in Rest Mode, go back to Settings and select Saved Data and Game/App Settings.

  7. Select Automatic Updates.

  8. Make sure both Auto-Download and Auto-Install in Rest Mode are enabled.

Optimize Your Internet Settings for Faster PS5 Downloads

No matter how fast your internet plan purports to be, it can't deliver the promised speeds if you don't have the right hardware. Check the router and modem requirements for your internet package to make sure you're getting the internet speed you're paying for.

How to Pause and Resume PS5 Downloads

If your download has been stuck at a certain percentage for a while, try pausing and resuming the download.

  1. Press the PS Button on the PS5 controller to bring up the Control Center.

  2. Select Downloads/Uploads.

  3. Highlight the download and press the Options button on the PS5 controller.

  4. Select Pause.

  5. To resume the download, press the PS button to bring up the Control Center and select Downloads.

  6. Select the paused download, then select Resume.

How to Use a Wired Connection on PS5

The PS5 has an Ethernet port so that you can connect it directly to your modem for a more stable connection. To use a wired setup, you must make some adjustments to the system settings:

  1. From the PS5 Home screen, go to Settings.

  2. Select Network.

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Set Up Internet Connection.

  5. Select Set Up Manually at the bottom.

  6. Select Use a LAN Cable.

  7. Adjust the settings to your liking, then select Done.

How to Change DNS Servers for Faster PS5 Downloads

Once you've set up an Ethernet connection, you can try changing the default DNS settings to see if that helps.

  1. From the PS5 Home screen, go to Settings.

  2. Select Network.

  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Set Up Internet Connection.

  5. Select Set Up Manually at the bottom.

  6. Select Use a LAN Cable.

  7. Select DNS.

  8. Select Primary DNS and set it to 8.8.8.8.

  9. Select Secondary DNS and set it to 8.8.4.4.

  10. Select Done.

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