How to Use the PS4 Web Browser

Learn all about the console's web browser

What to Know

  • If the Internet Browser app doesn't appear on your home screen, go to Library > Applications.
  • Press the R2 button to open a new browser window, then select the address bar at the top of the page to enter a URL.
  • To clear your history, manage cookies, and disable tracking, press the Options button on the PS4 controller and select Settings.

This article explains how to use the PS4 web browser, including how to modify its configurable settings to your liking. Instructions apply to all PlayStation 4 models including the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim.

How to Open PS4 Browser

Opening the PS4's web browser is quick and easy.

  1. Power on your system until the PlayStation home screen is visible.

  2. Navigate to the content area, which contains a row of large icons used to launch your games, applications, and other services.

  3. Scroll to the right until the Internet Browser option is highlighted, accompanied by a www icon and a Start button. Open the browser by tapping the X button on your PS4 controller.

    If you don't see the WWW icon in the main navigation pane, you can find it in your Library, under Apps.

Common PS4 Browser Functions

PS4 web browser loading with onscreen keyboard
  • To open a new browser window: Press the R2 button.
  • To move to a previously opened window: Press the L2 button.
  • To toggle Full-Screen mode on and off: Press the square button. The PS4 browser defaults to the desktop version of responsive websites.
  • To zoom in on the active web page: Use the R3 button—activated by pressing down on the right-hand stick on your PS4 controller.
  • To enter a URL/web address: First, press the R2 button to open a new window. Navigate to the address bar at the top of the page, labeled Enter URL, and tap the X button. The on-screen keyboard will now appear, prompting you to enter a web address. Once complete, press the R2 controller button to load the corresponding page.
  • To perform a Google search: First, press the triangle button on your controller. The blinking cursor should now be visible in the search box and the on-screen keyboard should pop out directly under it. Enter your desired search words or terms and submit them by pressing the R2 button.


The PS4 browser allows you to save your favorite web pages for easy access in future browsing sessions via its Bookmarks feature.

To Store the Active Web Page in Your Bookmarks

  1. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller.

  2. When the pop-out menu appears, select Add Bookmark.

    Add Bookmark button on PS4 web browser
  3. A new screen should now be displayed, containing two pre-populated yet editable fields. The first, Name, contains the title of the current page. The second, Address, is populated with the page's URL. Once you are satisfied with these two values, select the OK button to add your new bookmark.

    Add Bookmark screen on PS4 web browser

To View Previously Saved Bookmarks

  1. Return to the browser's main menu via the OPTIONS button.

  2. Next, select the option Bookmarks.

    Bookmarks menu item in PS4 web browser menu
  3. A list of your stored bookmarks should now be displayed. To load any of these pages, select the desired choice by using your controller's left directional stick and then press the X button.

To Delete a Bookmark

  1. First, select the bookmark from the list and press the OPTIONS button on your controller.

  2. A sliding menu will appear on the right side of your screen. Choose Delete and press the X button.

    Delete Bookmarks screen PS4
  3. A new screen will now appear, showing each of your bookmarks accompanied by checkboxes. To designate a bookmark for deletion, first place a check mark next to it by tapping the X button.

  4. After you have picked one or more list items, scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Delete to complete the process.

    Delete Bookmarks button on PS4 web browser

View or Delete Browsing History

The PS4 browser keeps a log of all web pages that you have previously visited, allowing you to peruse this history in future sessions and access these sites with just the push of a button.

Access to your past history can be useful, but can also pose a privacy concern if other people share your gaming system. Because of this, the PlayStation browser provides the ability to clear your history at any time. The tutorials below show you how to both view and delete browsing history.

To View Past PS4 Browsing History

  1. Press the OPTIONS button. The browser menu should now appear on the right-hand side of your screen.

  2. Select the Browsing History option.

    Browsing History menu item on PS4 web browser
  3. A list of web pages that you've previously visited will now be displayed, showing the title for each.

  4. To load any of these pages in the active browser window, scroll until the desired selection is highlighted and press the X button on your controller.

    Browsing History on PS4

To Clear PS4 Browsing History

  1. Press the OPTIONS controller button.

  2. Next, select Settings from the pop-out menu on the right-hand side of the screen. The PS4 browser's Settings page should now be displayed.

    Settings menu in PS4 browser
  3. Select the Clear Website Data option by pressing the X button. The Clear Website Data screen will now appear.

    Clear Website Data selection in PS4 web browser
  4. Navigate to the option labeled OK and press the X button on your controller to complete the history removal process.

    Clear Website Data screen on PS4

    You can also access the Clear Website Data screen by pressing the OPTIONS button from the aforementioned browsing history interface and choosing Clear Browsing History from the sub-menu that appears.

Manage Cookies

Your PS4 browser stores small files on your system's hard drive which hold site-specific information such as your layout preferences and whether or not you are logged in. These files, commonly referred to as cookies, are typically used to enhance your browsing experience by customizing website visuals and functionality to your particular wants and needs.

Since these cookies occasionally store data that could be considered personal, you may want to remove them from your PS4 or even stop them from being saved in the first place. You also may consider clearing browser cookies if you're experiencing some unexpected behavior on a web page. The tutorials below show you how to both block and delete cookies in your PS4 browser.

To Block Cookies From Being Stored on PS4

  1. Press your controller's OPTIONS button.

  2. Next, select the choice labeled Settings from the menu on the right-hand side of the screen.

  3. Once the Settings page is visible, select the Allow Cookies option; located at the top of the list.

    Allow Cookies option on PS4 browser settings
  4. When activated and accompanied by a check mark, the PS4 browser will save all cookies pushed by a website to your hard drive. To prevent this from happening, press the X button on your controller to remove this check mark and to block all cookies.

  5. To allow cookies at a later time, simply repeat this step so that the check mark is once again visible. Blocking cookies can cause some websites to look and function in strange ways, so it is important to be aware of this before modifying this setting.

To Delete Cookies Stored on PS4 Hard Drive

  1. Follow these same steps to return to the browser's Settings interface.

  2. Scroll to the option labeled Delete Cookies and tap the X button.

    Delete Cookies option in PS4 web browser Settings
  3. A screen should now appear containing the message The cookies will be deleted.

  4. Select the OK button on this screen and press X to clear your browser cookies.

    The cookies will be deleted confirmation screen on PS4 web browser

Enable Do Not Track

Advertisers monitoring your online behavior for marketing research and targeted ad purposes, while commonplace on today's web, can make some people uncomfortable. The data aggregated can include which sites you visit as well as the amount of time you spend browsing each.

Opposition to what some web surfers consider an invasion of privacy led to Do Not Track, a browser-based setting that informs websites that you do not consent to be tracked by a third-party during the current session. This preference, submitted to the server as part of an HTTP header, is not honored by all sites.

However, the list of those who do acknowledge this setting and adhere to its rules continues to grow. To enable the Do Not Track flag in your PS4 browser, follow the instructions below.

  1. Press the OPTIONS button on your PS4 controller.

  2. When the browser menu appears on the right-hand side of the screen, select Settings by tapping X.

  3. Your browser's Settings interface should now be displayed. Scroll down to the Request that Websites Do Not Track You option is highlighted, located towards the bottom of the screen and accompanied by a checkbox.

  4. Press the X button to add a checkmark and activate this setting, if it is not already enabled. To disable Do Not Track at any time, simply select this setting again so that the check mark is removed.

    Request that Websites Do Not Track You on PS4

Disable JavaScript

There are multiple reasons why you might want to temporarily disable JavaScript code from running on a web page within your browser, ranging from security purposes to web development and testing. To stop any JavaScript snippets from being executed by your PS4 browser, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the OPTIONS button on your controller.

  2. When the menu appears on the right-hand side of the screen, choose Settings by tapping the X button. The PS4 browser Settings interface should now be visible.

  3. Find and scroll to the Enable JavaScript option, located towards the top of the screen and accompanied by a checkbox.

  4. Tap the X button to remove the check mark and disable JavaScript, if it is not already disabled. To re-enable it, select this setting once more so that the check mark is added.

    Enable JavaScript checkbox in PS4 web browser settings

PS4 Web Browser Pros and Cons

As is the case with its desktop and mobile counterparts, the PS4 browser presents its own set of positives and negatives.

What We Like
  • Provides the ability to browse the web on your big screen TV.

  • Allows you to easily switch back and forth between a website and your game.

  • Lets you access web pages without the need for a computer or smartphone.

  • JavaScript performance benchmarks note that the PS4 browser is faster than similar applications found on several other popular gaming systems.

  • Upgrades to the latest version automatically as part of your PlayStation 4 firmware/system updates.

What We Don't Like
  • Does not offer amenities found in most modern browsers such as tabs or extension support.

  • No Flash support, limiting functionality on certain websites.

  • Sluggish performance was seen at times when several windows are open.

  • Typing with the on-screen keyboard and PS4 controller can prove to be a slow process.

  • How do I save pictures from the PS4 web browser?

    Launch the PS4 browser and find a picture you want to save. Press the right thumbstick and zoom in on the image. Press the share button and take a screenshot of the image with the PS4. Go to the Share Factory, navigate to the screenshot, and crop and edit it to your satisfaction.

  • How do I copy and paste on the PS4 web browser?

    Place your cursor at the start of the text you want to copy and select Options (three dots). Choose Select and move your cursor to the end of the text you want to copy. (Alternatively, choose Select All.) Press the X, select Copy, select Options where you want to place the text, and select Paste.

  • How do I add a web browser to the PS4?

    To add another web browser in addition to the built-in browser, go to the PlayStation Store and search for the word browser. Select the browser you want, such as Chrome or Firefox, and download it to your PS4.

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