How to Block Ads on the PS4 Home Screen

Ben Stegner 04-01-2018

You’re probably sick of putting up with ads in the apps and devices you use regularly. Until recently, the PlayStation 4 was relatively free of promoted content, but Sony has decided to start injecting ads onto the PS4’s home screen.


In the past few weeks, many users have been seeing an ad for Destiny 2 with a Buy Now link:

Aside from looking ugly, these ads clutter up your home screen (that’s hopefully full of great games 6 Free PS4 Games You Should Totally Play Today If you're gaming on a budget, you don't have to settle for crappy games. These PS4 titles offer plenty of fun for a $0 price tag. Read More ) with even more icons. Removing them is a good way to organize your PS4 How to Organize Your PS4 Games, Apps, and Friends In this article, we explain how to organize your PS4 games, apps, friends, and more. Making your PlayStation 4 easier to use. Read More . Here’s how to banish promoted apps from your PS4.

How to Block Ads on the PS4 Home Screen

  1. On the PS4’s home screen, scroll up to the row of icons above your games and move right to select the Settings tool box icon.
  2. Scroll down to the System entry and enter that menu.
  3. Here, find the Automatic Downloads item and select it.
  4. You’ll see an option named Featured Content. Uncheck its box to turn it off and disable those ads.
  5. Then, delete the Destiny 2 ad. Highlight the icon, then press Options and choose Delete.

Now you won’t have to put up with annoying ads anymore. It would be nice if Sony used the games you’ve played to recommend other ones you might have an interest in, but a simple ad isn’t useful at all.

Of course, if you already own Destiny 2 (and have used our beginner tips 10 Essential Destiny 2 Beginner Tips for New Guardians Destiny 2 is here, and it brings some huge improvements over the first game. If you're a new player confused by what's going on, these top beginner tips will get you started. Read More ), you won’t see an ad since you already own the game. But it’s worth flipping this setting now so when they decide to promote a new game, you won’t have to deal with it.

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Have you seen this Destiny 2 ad on your PS4? Do these types of ads drive you crazy? Share with us in the comments!

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