How to delete games on a PS4

If you enjoy variety when it comes to your PlayStation 4 games, then you’ve probably already encountered a storage issue. Since games can take up to 50GB each, your system might not allow you to keep more than two or three on it at a time. You can manage storage space by removing games that you have completed or abandoned to make room for new ones.

Deleting a game from your console isn’t too difficult, and as long as you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to freeing up your storage space.

Deleting games in your library

Step 1: Navigate to the icon for the game you wish to delete, either in the quick start main menu or in your library, which is found all the way to the right side of the utility bar on the PS4 home screen.

Step 2: While highlighting the icon, press the Options button on your controller to bring up this menu.

Step 3: Scroll down to Delete, and confirm your selection by pressing OK.

Deleting a game from system storage

If you’re clearing out space, you may want to delete games from the system storage menu itself. The storage menu lists games in size order, making it easier to identify which games are taking up the most space.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings on the home screen.

Step 2: Select Storage.

Step 3: Select System Storage, or Extended Storage, if you have an external hard drive attached to your PS4.

Step 4: Select Applications.

Step 5: Press options on your controller, then choose Delete.

Step 6: You can select as many games as you want to delete at this time.

Step 7: With the desired boxes checked, choose Delete.

Step 8: Confirm your selections by pressing OK.

Reinstalling games

Step 1: Click Library and scroll down to find Purchased on the home screen. If you want to search for PlayStation Plus games, you’ll want to select the yellow plus sign under the Purchased Icon. 

Step 2: You’ll notice that games not already included on the console will show a download icon on the bottom right side of the game icon. 

Step 3: When you’re ready to download a specific game, just click Download, and your reinstall will commence. 

Deleting and reinstalling disc-based games

Users can also manually remove the disc and save data from when they deleted and re-installed disc-based games. To do this, you must find the particular game in your collection, click it, scroll down a bit, and then select the Delete icon on the right. 

We want to stress the importance of always removing the game disc before eliminating it. When you want to play a certain game again, all you need to do is insert the disc, and it’ll immediately begin re-installing. 

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