What Are PlayStation 5 Auto-Updates?

PS5’s automatic update function speaks for itself. Once upon a time, you had to manually update your device and game by browsing the menu and selecting multiple options to trigger an update.

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You can still follow this manual method. However, without constantly checking for new game updates or comparing your firmware version with the latest version, it is much easier to get your PS5 to do the basic work.

Therefore, when the update expires, your console will automatically download it. The following is how to enable this feature.

How to Enable Auto-Updates on PS5

There are several steps to complete within your PS5 settings before auto-updates will work.

1. Connect Your PS5 to the Internet

Auto-Updates on PS5

First, connect your PlayStation 5 console to the internet if you haven’t already done so. You do this by going to Settings in the top-right corner of the screen, next to your profile picture.

From here select Network > Settings > Set Up Internet Connection. From here you select Connect to the Internet and set up a wired/wireless connection or Set Up Internet Connection and make use of the advanced options.

2. Enable the PS5’s “Always On” Internet Connection

Auto-Updates on PS5

Now that you have connected your PS5 to the internet, navigate back to the Settings menu. From here go to System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode. Enable the option Stay Connected to the Internet.

This means that your PS5 will always have a network connection. Even when it is in rest mode.

3. Enable PS5 Automatic Update Installation

Auto-Updates on PS5

Now that your Internet connection is always open, you don’t need to worry about receiving updates while you sleep or work. However, to avoid freezing when opening PS5, you must also allow the console to install files.

To do this, go to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings and select Install Update Files Automatically.

Enable PS5 Automatic Updates

With your console now set up for automatic updates, the only thing left to do is enable the updates themselves. To do this, simply go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Automatic Updates.

From here, select either Auto-Download and/or Auto-Install. This ensures that even if your console is in Rest Mode it will still receive updates and apply them.

Your PS5 Will Now Update Automatically!

After enabling these options, you can sit back and relax, because your PS5 console will download and install updates on your behalf. Allow plenty of time to enjoy all the other functions provided by the console.

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