Why Your PS4 Downloads Are Slow and How to Speed Them Up

Ben Stegner 30-08-2017

Does it seem like the download speeds on your PlayStation 4 are taking forever? It’s not just you!


Juho Snellman, a systems programmer from Switzerland, has taken the time to describe why PS4 downloads slow down for various reasons. You can read his full post for the technical details, but we’ll discuss the biggest cause here.

In short, having applications open on your PS4 will cause the download speed to drop dramatically. Even if your PS4 is on a wired connection 9 Quick Ways to Instantly Speed up Your Home PC Network If you have a wired or wireless home network, chances are you'll be looking for ways to optimise it so that it is running as fast as possible. Read More , having a game or media app like Netflix open will cause download speeds on the PlayStation Store to slow to a crawl. This applies to both new games you’ve bought as well as updates for existing games.

To close open apps, press and hold the PS Button on your controller to open the Quick Access Menu. Look at the top of this list for Close Application. Select this option, and you’ll have the chance to close any open apps. If you’re playing a game, chances are that the only app open is your game. But if you use Spotify to listen to music while you play, that will be open too.

Say you start playing Battlefield 1 online and there’s an update for Uncharted 4 that starts. While you’re playing the game, the download will take forever. This makes sense, because the system wants to prioritize the game you’re playing over a background download.

If you want the download to finish quickly, your best bet is to close all apps and put the system in Rest mode. But make sure you don’t put it in Rest mode with a game open, or it will keep that open and still throttle the download.


For massive downloads, you might consider doing a system reboot to ensure all open apps are closed. Open Quick Access and select Power > Restart PS4. After a reboot, leave your system alone and it should download speedily.

Another PS4 problem you might come across is a noisy system caused by dust buildup. Thankfully, cleaning the dust from your PS4 How to Clean the Dust From Your Noisy PS4 Is your PS4 slow? Are its fans spinning louder? It may be full of dust. Here's how to clean your PS4's fan, heat sink, and hard drive bay. Read More can fix that problem for you.

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Related topics: Download Management, PlayStation 4, Troubleshooting.

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  1. Brightlife1197
    September 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I was updating fallout 4 with my phones hot spot( dont have internet at home) and i had it open the eta for the download jumped from 8 hours to only 3 after i closed the application this trick really works great thanks man.

  2. Sylar
    September 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This actually worked for me. I understand why but I didn't realize it would have that much of a difference. Thank you