Modern video games are epic adventures that often require hours of dedication and persistence. Unfortunately, your backup data may be corrupted, resulting in the loss of all of your progress. To prevent this from happening to you, you need to make sure that you back up your backup data. Fortunately, Sony allows you to easily back up your game data saved on PS4.
Back up data saved in the cloud
The easiest way to save game data saved to your PS4 is via the cloud. However, to do this, you will need a PlayStation Plus subscription. This gives you 100 GB of storage which can be used to save your saved game data.
If you are not currently a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can easily do so through the PlayStation Store. At the time of this writing, PS Plus costs $ 59.99 a year or $ 9.99 a month. In addition to enabling cloud backups of your saved game data, a PS Plus subscription includes two free game downloads and the ability to play online.
How to automatically save game data saved in the cloud
One of the best things about backing up your game data saved to the cloud is that the whole process can be automated. This means that with a little preparation, you can devote all of your time and attention to playing with the peace of mind that your saved game data is saved.
To get started, you need to make sure that your PS4 console stays connected to the Internet every time you put it in sleep mode. To do this, go to “Settings -> Energy saving settings -> Define the functions available in rest mode -> Stay connected to the Internet”.
Next, you will want to automate the backup process. Go to “Settings -> Management of saved application data -> Automatic download”. Make sure the box next to “Enable automatic downloads” is checked. This will automatically back up all of your backups to the cloud. You can also manually select the saved game data that is saved and the one that is not saved by checking the boxes next to each title. Your PS4 will now download your saved game data to your PS Plus account each time you put the console in sleep mode.
However, be aware that you can only automate backups from your main PS4 console. If you have multiple consoles or play on someone else’s console, you will need to manually save your saved game data.
How to manually save game data saved in the cloud
If you are playing on a friend’s PS4 console, you will need to manually save the game data because the device is connected to your friend’s PS Plus subscription, not yours. Fortunately, you can save this data manually so that when you resume playback on your main console, you don’t lose any progress.
To manually save your saved game, simply highlight the game icon on the PS4 home screen. Once highlighted, press the “Options” button. This will open a menu where you can select “Download / download saved data”. This will give you two options: “Download all” or “Select and download”. The “Select and Download” option can be used if you just want to download a single saved game file to your PS Plus cloud storage.
Save game data saved to USB
You can also save your saved game data without a PlayStation Plus subscription. All you need is a USB drive formatted in FAT32 or exFAT. To save your game data saved on your USB key, connect the player to an available USB port on your PS4 console. Then go to “Settings -> Management of saved data of applications -> Data saved in system storage -> Copy to a USB storage device”.
On the next screen, select a game to see all of the saved data associated with that title. Once you have selected the individual backup files, select “Copy”. This will make a copy of your saved game data to be stored on your USB drive. Alternatively, if you want to save game data saved from multiple titles, press the “Options” button on your controller and choose “Select multiple applications”. This will allow you to copy saved game data from multiple games in one go.
Restoring saved game data
Restoring your saved game data is simple and painless. All you have to do is go to “Settings -> Management of saved application data”. On this screen, you will be able to choose whether you want to restore your saved game data from your PlayStation Plus cloud storage or a USB drive. Select the source that suits you and select “Download to system storage”.
On the next screen you will see a list of games. Selecting a title will show you all of the saved game data that you have saved for that specific game. This allows you to manually choose the backup files you want to download to your PS4. If you want to restore multiple saved game files, press the Options button on your controller and choose “Select Multiple Applications.” Finally, select “Download / Copy” to restore your saved game data to your PS4 console.
Now that you’ve taken the necessary steps to save your saved game data to PS4, you can start playing again. If the game data is corrupted, you can try to fix it before restoring from the cloud. If the DualShock 4 doesn’t cut it, you may want to consider a PS4 controller that takes its design cues from the Xbox One controller. Have you ever suffered data loss on your PS4? Do you regularly save your saved game data? What is your preferred method of doing this? Let us know in the comments!
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