How To Save Space on PS5 (8 Different Ways)

The PlayStation 5 is a popular gaming console that has exclusive titles to its name such as God Of War, Gran Turismo, and Spider-man just to name a few. The console comes with a total storage capacity of 829 GB. Now, this might not seem anything better than what the Xbox offers you. However, if you love the PlayStation 5, you can always upgrade the internal storage with a number SSDs that are officially supported by the PlayStation 5. In case you don’t want to upgrade storage and are just looking for ways to manage your storage, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we will be taking a look at the various ways you can follow to manage and save space on your PlayStation 5. Let’s get started.

How To Save Storage on PlayStation 5

Managing storage space on the 829 GB SSD can be a bit tedious, especially for those who play a lot of games that are relatively large in size. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can follow o manage your storage space on the PS5.

Golden Rule: Delete PS5 Games You Do Not Play Any More

A lot of games out there take up a large portion of space. While most games have sizes of around 20 to 30 GB, some games can even go above 100 GB at this point and could go even more in upcoming months. To manage space, you first need to take a look at the games you have installed on your PS5. Identify the ones that you play the most and the ones that you play the least or hardly play at all. The best you can do is remove or uninstall games that you rarely play to save space on PS5. No matter the size of the game, you will be reclaiming some amount of storage space back. Here’s how to delete apps and games.

  1. Navigate to the settings menu on your PlayStation 5.
  2. With the Settings menu open, scroll and select the Storage option.
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  3. Now, choose Games and Apps.
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  4. All you need to do is select the games and apps that you no longer use and choose the Delete option.
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  5. The games and apps that you no longer use will now be removed from the storage of your PS5.

Delete Saved Data And Settings From Apps and Games

Saved Data are files that are created from the various games and apps that you use. With this saved data, you can always continue your game progress right away whenever you install the particular game or app back to your PS5. However, if you already have a backup of the saved data or simply no longer need this data, you can delete this saved data. Here are the steps.

  1. Open the Settings menu on your PS5.
  2. Scroll and select Saved Data and Game/App Settings.
  3. Select the Saved Data followed by Console Storage.
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  4. Finally, choose the Delete option.
  5. You can now select which app or game’s saved data and settings you wish to delete. Choose them and then finally select the Delete option.

Use a USB Drive As Extended Storage For your PS5

The good thing about the PS5 is that you can make use of a USB Storage drive to store your games and the app’s saved data easily. You can use any type of USB Drive, but you will have to first format the USB drive. Follow these steps to format your USB drive using the PS5.

  1. Plug the desired USB drive into the USB port of your PS5.
  2. Open the Settings menu on your PS5 and select the Storage option.
  3. Choose USB Extended Storage and then Format it as USB Extended Storage.
  4. Wait for a few minutes as the USB drive gets formatted.
  5. Once the drive has been formatted, you will be able to move your game files easily from the PS5 to the USB drive.
  6. Now, head to your Game’s library and select the data that you wish to move.
  7. Press the options button on your controller and choose Move Games and Apps.
  8. Select the Move option. Your apps and games will now be moved from the internal storage of your PS5 to the USB drive right away.

Because you can add additional M.2 SSD drives to your PS5, you can also move your apps and games to the additional storage. Provided you have the M.2 SSD installed on your PS5, follow these steps to move those apps and games.

  1. Open the Games home screen on your PS5 and select Games Library on your PS5.
  2. You should be seeing an option that says Items You Can Move to M.2 SSD Storage.
  3. Select this option and select the apps and games that you can move to the M.2 additional drive.
  4. In this way, you will be able to make some storage space available on the PS5’s main storage drive.

Transfer Photos and Videos From PS5 To USB Drive

If you’re someone that takes a lot of screenshots and screen recordings of your gameplay on your PS5, it is possible to run out of storage on your PS5. However, you can easily transfer these images and videos to a USB drive. Here are the steps.

  1. Plug in the USB drive that you wish to use for storing images and videos into your PS5.
  2. Now, open up the Media Library on your PS5. This is where all of your screenshots and video captures are stored.
  3. Browse through the recent media and press the Menu button.
  4.  Choose the Copy To USB Drive option from the menu and the images and videos will be copied to your USB drive.
  5. Once you have copied all the desired images and videos to the USB drive, simply delete all of the images and video captures from your PS5.

Adjust Screenshot and Video Capture Sizes

If you want to save a lot more storage space with your screenshots and video captures, you can easily adjust the size and format of the images and videos. For example, JPEG files take less space than PNG, and MKV files take less space than MP4. Here are the steps.

  1. Open the Settings menu and select the Capture and Broadcast Options.
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  2. Select Captures followed by Screenshot Format.
  3. Now, change the file type from PNG to JPEG.
  4. Go back to the Captures menu and select the Video Clip Format.
  5. Here, you will be able to choose the desired file type, recording resolution, mic audio, and party audio.

Disable PS5 Auto Capturing

The PS5 is great as it has the ability to capture video gameplay when you have unlocked a trophy achievement. This is cool when you want to show off the achievement. However, if you do not care about such achievements and video clips, you can disable them right away to save space on your PlayStation 5.

  1. Open the Settings menu on your PS5.
  2. Select the Capture and Broadcast options and choose the Auto Captures option.
  3. Select the Trophies option.
  4. Under the Screenshots as well as a Video option set the option to None.
  5. Now your PS5 will not capture images and videos when you unlock some achievement while gaming.

Make Use Of Cloud Storage

If you feel like you do not want to deal with all of the above, the best solution for you is to become a subscriber to PlayStation Plus. With PlayStation Plus, you will be able to easily save your game files, screenshots, and even screen recording files to the cloud. Sure it’s not ideal but if you want to run away from the headache of manually or locally storing your files, this is the way to go.

How To Save Space on PS5


This continues the guide on how you can manage and save storage on your PS5 easily. Whether you use the Disc edition or the Digital edition of the console, the steps are applicable for both console editions. If you have questions or for that matter, any other solution to manage your storage space on the PS5, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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