Here’s how you can use external hard drives with your PS4

By Haroon Sultan on 13-03-2017 08:13:23

The latest PlayStation 4 patch 4.50 added support for external hard drives, letting you download and store apps and games on it. Seeing as how this has been one of our most requested features, it’s only right that we show you just how to take advantage of it.

Before we get started, make sure your external HDD meets these minimum requirements:

  • USB 3.0 or later connection
  • Storage of 250GB to 8TB


  • Step 1: Format your hard drive. To prepare your hard drive for use with your PS4, connect it to the console.
  • Step 2: Go to the settings menu and scroll down to devices. In the ‘USB Storage Devices’, select your external HDD and choose the option ‘Format as extended storage’. Do remember that this will erase everything that’s currently on your storage device. In this format, the hard drive can only be used for PS4 games and apps.

  • Step 3: Start installing games on your hard drive by going to the settings menu and navigating to ‘Storage’. You can choose the location here, System Storage or your external HDD.
  • Step 4: Press the Options button and select ‘Application install location’ to select target download location.

Here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • You have to directly connect the HDD directly to the PS4, without the use of a USB hub.
  • Once you’ve formatted the hard drive, it can only be used for PS4 apps and games. You won’t be able to save other types of documents or media like photos or music.