How To Increase Your PS4 Download Speed For Faster Downloads

How To Increase Your PS4 Download Speed For Faster Downloads

June 07, 2019

Ask any PS4 owner what frustrates them most about their PS4, chances are they'll say the slow download speeds. With video games getting bigger and bigger, some well over 60 GB in size. Slow download speeds on the PS4 are a substantial problem.

In this guide to enhance your PS4's download speed, we'll go over the ways you can improve your PS4 download speed, and recommend some methods that have a great chance of success and others that have worked for some people but might be slightly anecdotal.

If you're looking for ways to increase your PS4's internet speed, then this is the guide for you. Among the settings, equipment, and upgrades, there are loads of ways to improve the download speed on your PlayStation 4. Here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to use all the alternatives I have tested and confirmed to work.

No gamer likes waiting a prolonged amount of time to download the new content they just purchased, so read on below to see how you can enhance the internet speed of your PS4 console.

Tip #1 - Avoid Downloading Multiple Files At Once.

As with any gaming console, you are downloading once will slow down the combined download speed for all things. You will produce the best results by downloading things, particularly games, one at a time. To put this in perspective, think about it like this, "focusing on multiple tasks at once will cause each task to be finished at a slower rate because your attention is divided between multiple tasks, when you focus on a single task at once you tend to finish that task faster because you are only focused on the task ahead." The PS4 follows the same notion. 

If you are downloading more than one thing at a time, your download speeds will be very slow. If you are playing an online game while your PS4 is downloading something you're download speeds will also suffer too. To get the absolute best download speeds possible, one of the first steps you should do is to make sure you are not over-using your PS4 so that it can have a better towards the task at hand.

  1. Select the home button on your controller.
  2. Select the notifications icon from the main menu.
  3. If your PS4 is downloading anything, it will show a loading bar right at the top of the list. Click the list to expand it.

  4. Select the content you want to pause and select the content by pressing the X on your controller.

  5. Select Pause from the menu that appears.

  6. Do this for all of the content downloading that isn't what you want to download faster.
  7. After your preferred content is downloaded resume the other downloads the same way, you paused them.

Tip #2 - Avoid Playing Online while Downloads Are Active.

Not only will playing online while an active download hinders your online experience due to lag, but it will also slow down the download speed of what you are downloading.

Tip #3 - Pause And Resume Your Download.

Have you tried turning it off and on? This is basically the download equivalent of turning it off and back on again. If your download is taking a long time to start or continue, pausing and then resuming it may improve the download speed.

Tip #4 - Check The T&C Of Your Internet Contract.

The problem may not be your PS4 and may well be with your Internet service, not for example if you haven't been approved for download speeds above a certain capacity (e.g., 30 Mbps), your downloads may not get any quicker than they already are. Bear in mind that Internet speed is usually measured in megabits per second, not megabytes per second. Upgrading your existing plan or switching to a better Internet Service Provider will most likely fix any capacity dilemmas.

Tip #5 - Check The Limitations Of Your Modem and Router.

Budget modems and routers allocate limited amounts of bandwidth; just because you're paying for a certain download speed doesn't always mean you're getting it all the time. If your modem supports less bandwidth than your Internet service does seriously consider upgrading your equipment.

  1. Go to your computer to test your internet speeds.
  2. Go to Speedtest.net and run the speed test.

Getting the precise speeds that your internet provider promises rarely happens. If the speeds are significantly lower, then they're supposed to be it might just be a problem with your equipment. If this is the case, it would be seriously worth considering upgrading your equipment.

Tip #6 - Avoid Congesting Your WiFi Network.

If you are downloading something on the same network as another device, your download speed will slow down as a result. To solve this problem, try downloading something when there's no one else in the house and no extra Internet stresses on your network.

Tip #7 - Use An Ethernet Connection.

While the PS4 has a wireless Internet receiver, plugging your console directly into your router or modem will increase your Internet connection speed dramatically. With that being said, you will need an Ethernet cable.
One end of your Ethernet cable should plug into the square port in the back of your PS4 while the other plugs into a similar port marked 'Internet' on your modem or router. Ethernet cable ends are interchangeable. Using a wired connection through an Ethernet cord will provide faster download speeds as opposed to a Wi-Fi connection. The direct connection offers more stability and removes connection issues revolving around distance from your modem and PS4, how many devices are connected to the Wi-Fi, and more.

  1. Plug your Ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports on your modem.
  2. Plug the other end of the same Ethernet cable into the LAN port on the back of your PlayStation 4.
  3. Select 'Settings' from the Main Menu of your PlayStation 4.
  4. Select 'Network.'

  5. Select 'Set up Internet Connection'.

  6. Select 'Use a LAN Cable.'

  7. Select 'Easy.'

  8. Your PlayStation 4 will automatically detect the network from your Ethernet cord and connect you to the internet.

Tip #8 - Update To The Latest Firmware.

You will be prompted to install this firmware automatically whenever you connect your PS4 to the Internet. Making sure that your PS4's firmware is always up-to-date will help both your download speeds and your PS4's overall functionality. Making sure your console is up to date on all the latest firmware will make sure your PlayStation 4 is functioning in the best possible way. This will help increase download speeds, improve overall performance, and sometimes give you new brand new content to improve your overall experience.

  1. Select Settings from your PlayStation home menu.
  2. Select System Software Update.
  3. Check to see if an update is available. If there is, the update will automatically start.

Tip #9 - Start Using Rest Mode

It's been reported from multiple users that using Rest Mode while your PlayStation 4 downloads content will help increase download speeds. When I tested it, I found that there was a slight increase in download speeds, but nothing significant. Regardless, if you intend on not using your PS4 while it's downloading anyway, it can't hurt to put it in Rest Mode to make sure it'll get the job done while you focus on other things.

  1. Go to 'Settings' from the main menu.
  2. Select 'Power Saving Settings.'
  3. Select 'Set Features Available in Rest Mode'.
  4. Select 'Stay Connected to the Internet.
  5. Make sure the content you want to download is downloading. Do this by going back to the Home screen and selecting Notifications. Your download should appear at the top of the list with a loading bar underneath it.
  6. Once you've confirmed the content is downloading press and hold the 'Home' button on your controller.
  7. Select 'Rest Mode' and go about your day per usual

Tip #10 - Change Your DNS Settings

DNS is an acronym for Domain Name System. It's a server that has a large list of IPs (internet protocol) and their corresponding domain names (otherwise known as hostnames). It acts as an address book for the network by providing a connection between the IPs and the domain names. The DNS connects to what consumers use on their end of the network. By manually inputting the DNS settings on your PlayStation 4 you can make sure you always get the fastest DNS, as opposed to it constantly searching for one. Using Google's DNS of 8.8.8.8 by 8.8.4.4 in your settings has the fastest DNS to use with your PlayStation 4.

  1. Select 'Settings' from your PlayStation home menu.
  2. Select 'Network.'

  3. Select 'Set Up Internet Connection'.

  4. Select which type of internet you are using: 'Wi-Fi' or 'LAN.'

  5. Select 'Custom.'

  6. Type in the following settings into the options:
Option Input
IP Address Settings Automatic
DHCP Host Name Do Not Specify
DNS Settings Manual
Primary DNS 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS 8.8.4.4
MTU Settings Automatic
Proxy Server Do Not Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once your settings have been configured, you'll need to Turn your PS4 off and turn it on again. Restart your download and enjoy faster connection and download speeds!



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