How to Upload PS4 Save Data to the Cloud
If you’re having problems with your PlayStation 4 and need to fix it or need a replacement, you don’t need to lose your save game data. Using cloud backups, you can preload all your information, allowing you to quickly download it again and continue playing as soon as you get your system back.
However, the process is a little tricky. And unlike the rival Xbox One, it’s not a machine gun. There are a few steps you need to set up first, but once you get the hang of it, saving games to the cloud becomes second nature to you. Here’s how to upload save data to the cloud on your PlayStation 4.
Sign up for PlayStation Plus
Bad news: Cloud Save on PlayStation 4 requires a PlayStation Plus membership. There is no getting away from this. If you are not a member of the service, which is also required to play most online games, you can try it free for 14 days , after which you will have to pay about $ 60 per year .
How to download data manually
If you’ve only played one or two games for a long period of time and want to make sure your data is backed up, you can manually upload it to the cloud.
Go to your system settings menu and select “Manage Application Saved Data” and then select “Saved Data to System Storage” and “Upload to Online Storage”.
On the next screen, you will see a list of your games sorted from most recent to oldest. Select the game you want and on the next page click the “Download” button in the lower right corner. It is so simple.
How to automatically upload your data
Go back to the Manage Application Saved Data screen, select Startup at the bottom and enable it. As long as you have the “Stay connected to the Internet” option enabled in your power settings, your system will download all relevant data every time it is turned on or in low power “rest mode”. (Make sure your system is configured to maintain a network connection whenever it goes into sleep mode, which you can set in the Power Saver menu in your system preferences.)
To put the system into sleep mode rather than turn it off, simply press and hold the Home button on your controller, select the power button icon, and select Enter Sleep Mode. The front panel indicator should turn orange, not white.
Sometimes the system is unable to load your data correctly in idle mode. You can check if this has happened by selecting the notification icon on the home screen the next time you start the system. In this case, be sure to manually upload the data to the cloud.
If you are still having problems downloading data, you may have reached your data limit. PlayStation Plus gives you 10GB of cloud storage, which should be enough for most gamers, but you may have to delete some old files in order to load new saves.
To see how much space your save games are taking up, select a game (as if you were manually loading your save data). You will see the total available space in the lower right corner. If you need to delete something to save space, go back to Manage Application Saved Data, select Saved Data Online and Delete.
How to download data from the cloud
The process of downloading saved data from the cloud is almost identical to downloading it. Return to “Manage Application Saved Data” and this time select “Saved Data in Online Storage”. On the next screen, select Load to System Storage.
From here, you can select save data for any of your games and load it onto your system. If you are using a new console, the process of reloading all of your data will only take a few minutes.