How Do I Reinstall My PS4 Software Without a Computer?

Tyler Yates

If you’re experiencing issues with your PS4 and you’ve tried everything, reinstalling the software may be the solution. The process can seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple. In this article, we’ll guide you through how to reinstall your PS4 software without a computer.

Step 1: Backup Your Data

Before you begin the process of reinstalling your PS4 software, it’s important to backup all of your saved data. This includes games, save data, screenshots, videos, and any other files you want to keep. You can backup your data to an external hard drive or upload it to the cloud.

Step 2: Prepare a USB Drive

Next, you’ll need a USB drive with at least 1GB of free space. Format the USB drive as FAT32 and create a folder named “PS4” on it. Inside the PS4 folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”.

Step 3: Download the Software

Visit the official PlayStation website and download the latest version of the PS4 software update. Save the file in the “UPDATE” folder on your USB drive.

Step 4: Boot Your PS4 in Safe Mode

To reinstall your PS4 software without a computer, you’ll have to boot your console in safe mode. Turn off your console completely by pressing and holding down the power button for several seconds until it beeps twice.

Once your console is turned off completely, press and hold down the power button again until you hear two beeps—one when you first press it and another about seven seconds later. Release the power button after hearing two beeps.

Your console will now boot up in safe mode.

Step 5: Reinstall Software

Connect your USB drive containing the downloaded software update to one of the USB ports on your PS4.

Using a controller, select “Update System Software” from the safe mode menu and press X.

Select “Update from USB Storage Device” and press X.

The PS4 system will check the contents of the USB drive and start the installation process if it detects the correct update file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.


Reinstalling your PS4 software without a computer isn’t as difficult as it may seem. By following these simple steps, you can easily reinstall your software and fix any issues you may be experiencing with your console.

Remember to backup all of your data before starting the process and make sure to download the latest version of the software update from the official PlayStation website.