Playing online with your PlayStation 4, do you seem to be waiting endlessly for the update of your favorite game to end? Or maybe that little hour that you think you can dedicate to a good game on PS4 every time jumps often because yet another system update is required? Quiet, I understand you very well! When downloads from the PlayStation 4 go relentlessly slow and you just want to play it is a nerve-wracking situation. Not to mention when you need to download a full game! How to speed up downloads on PS4.
So, what to do? Is it possible that there really is nothing to be done to deal with this problem? Well, if your Internet connection isn’t very fast, unfortunately you can’t work miracles. If, on the other hand, you have a good connection and are only looking for tips on how to speed up downloads on PS4 to move faster when games or the operating system require updates, there are several things you can do.
From changing DNS servers, changing the connection method used by the PlayStation, to using a proxy server, there are several tricks and tips you can try to put into practice. Try them now and you won’t regret it. Having said that, I just have to wish you happy reading and, above all, good download!
Understanding what is the problem that slows down the download of games and other content on PS4, is an operation that requires some patience, as you have to make several checks and proceed by attempts.
First of all, it is essential to take into account the speed of your Internet connection, because if it is low or obviously unstable it means that all the devices in use, including PS4, can understandably have problems with downloads.
First, therefore, I recommend that you follow my guide on how to do a speed test , so that you can check the download, upload speeds and the values of other important parameters of your connection.
It is a good practice to ensure, throughout the tests, that the other devices connected to the network of your router are not carrying out intense download and upload activities, which could affect the results.
At the end of the test
If there are no particular problems on the network, you can try to put my advice into practice to increase the download speed on PS4; otherwise you have to contact your operator and solve the problems that are evidently on the network.
Another important thing that I advise you to do is to check the connection settings of the PS4 : only in this way you can always have a clear idea of the type of connection and the download and upload speed detected of your console.
From the main PS4 menu, then press the up arrow on the controller and move right, until you reach the Settings menu . Then go to Network> Check Internet Connection and wait for the connection and Internet connection to the PlayStation Network servers to start .
By the way, always consider if your download problems are occasional or constant. In the case of occasional problems always remember to check that this is not a PSN problem not dependent on your connection. For this purpose there is the status page of the PlayStation online services.
How to speed up downloads on PS4
After doing the necessary preliminary checks, it’s time to get to work by trying a series of operations aimed at speeding up downloads on PS4 : I sincerely hope they can help you.
Connect the PS4 via cable
It may seem like the most banal operation of the century but I assure you that connecting the PS4 via cable could be the end of your download problems. The Wi-Fi signal in fact could arrive with low power or disturbed to the PS4, this because it faces real physical obstacles, in addition to the fact that it is compromised by the same distance between router and console.
In many cases, although it is possible to connect the PS4 directly via cable to the router / modem, this choice is not preferred for the convenience of not using cables. Despite this, if you are having problems with downloads and you have the possibility to connect the PS4 via cable to your home network, I strongly recommend that you do this test.
Just use a regular Ethernet network cable . And if the PS4 is far from the router, you could have a pair of Powerline adapters : if you have never heard of it, these are devices that connect to the power outlets to convey the Internet signal from one room to another without speed losses (as long as you have a good electrical system).
By connecting an adapter to the router (via Ethernet cable) and one to the PS4 (always via Ethernet cable) you may have the full power wired connection on the console even if it is located far from the router. Comfortable, right? You can find more information about it in my tutorial on how the Powerline works.
Enhance the Wi-Fi signal
Isn’t connecting the PS4 cable a viable option for you? No problem, fortunately modern Wi-Fi networks can have a somewhat stable and powerful signal even in the presence of thick walls, distance from one floor to another or distance from the Wi-Fi antenna of the router / modem, as long as the right precautions are used.
What tools am I referring to? Simple, to Wi-Fi signal repeaters. Which, if connected to normal home power outlets, create new access points or extend the signal range of an already existing access point. You can get more information about it in my buying guide dedicated to Wi-Fi repeaters.
Of course, you may not need the Wi-Fi repeater if you have the option to move the console closer to the router . In addition, you could try changing the channel to the Wi-Fi signal to change the radio channel used by the router / modem for the transmission of the connection signal: this procedure, in fact, in some cases greatly improves the performance of wireless networks.
For more details, read my guide on how to change channels on Wi-Fi . Also, if yours is a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro and your router is a dual-band router with support for 5GHz networks. You could also try connecting to the 5GHz Wi-Fi network instead of the 2.4 GHz one. Which like known is more subject to interference.
Use a proxy server
Using a proxy server is one that has had a certain diffusion among PS4 users. Who apparently really manages to speed up downloads on the Sony console (although not doing miracles, this is always good to clarify).
A proxy server is a sort of “bridge”, also called gateway, for accessing the Internet. Basically, by creating a proxy server on a local computer. The request speed of the packages to be downloaded from the PSN should increase. Leading to a general reduction in download times to the console.
How do you say? Would you like to try this solution? Then first you need to download the CCProxy program on your PC: to do this, connect to the download page of the latter and click on the word Download corresponding to the item CCProxy v [version.version] (release date) . When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that opens, click first on Next four times and then on Install and Finish , to complete the setup.
At this point, start the program. Click on the Allow access button and open the Options menu (shown by a gray gear icon) to take note of the Local IP value . A second datum that you need to memorize, as required later by the connection configuration procedure from PS4, is that of the port , which is shown next to the item HTTP / RTSP .
With these values at your fingertips. Click on the OK button to return to the main menu and make sure that the Start button at the top left is not clickable and is colored in gray. Well, remember to leave the program open and go to PS4 configuration.
Use the download in sleep mode
Did you know that you can take advantage of the time you don’t use your PS4 to continue downloads? That’s right: it’s the rest mode download (or automatic downloads ). This preference should be selected from the Settings menu > Energy saving settings> Set the functions available in sleep mode .
The box to be checked by pressing the pad’s X button is the one corresponding to the words. Stay connected to the Internet . By doing this, whenever you put your PS4 into sleep mode, the download will not stop. A solution that applies to both downloading content and updating apps and firmware. In case you still don’t know how to put the PS4 into sleep mode, I’ll explain in this tutorial how to use it.
I am sure that you will find great benefit from this solution as it is an alternative way to speed up downloads from the PS4 by taking advantage of the non-use time of the console so as to have everything ready to resume your leisure sessions!
Change the DNS on PS4
An operation that does not speed up downloads. But can help to make contact with the servers on which the files to be downloaded faster, is to change the DNS servers . I understand that this acronym might scare you. But the Domain Name System is practically the system that assigns names to the nodes of the Network. A sort of translator of IP addresses.
As a result, when you connect to a remote resource, such as content to download from a site. The faster the DNS “translates” the address, the faster the connection to the node can be.
If you want to try changing the PS4’s DNS, from the main menu press. The up arrow and scroll to the Settings menu. Then access it and select the Network menu. From here, go to Configure Internet connection. Choose whether to connect to a Wi-Fi network or to use the Connection via LAN and choose the Custom option.
At this point, enter the IP address of the router and the one to be assigned to the PS4. You have to choose one “close” to that of your router. For example, if the router has the address 192.168.1.1. You must assign an address of the type 192.168.1.xx to the console. Where instead of xx you have to enter two numbers of your choice.
More tips to speed up PS4 downloads
In this chapter I want to give you some more practical tips to be performed directly from your PS4 and which can prove useful to speed up the download of content. Take them as “tricks” that with little effort could give you the desired result.
The first tip is to keep your PS4 updated to the latest version of the system released by Sony. To update the firmware, just keep the console connected to the Internet. Which automatically warns you when an update is available for download and installation.
If you are having difficulty updating your PS4, please refer to my guide dedicated to the topic. If your console is not updated it means that you are not making the most of the user and game experience!
A second tip I give you is to close the running apps. And with the app, I mean games too. In principle, what you need to do is not to play online titles while downloading a content. Nor to use applications such as Netflix and the like. Why this? Because playing or using apps consumes bandwidth, so it can overall reduce download and upload performance.
If you are in the game or inside an app and you want to stop its execution. Use the PlayStation button on the controller located in the center. Holding it down until the context menu opens. Then select Close applications and press the X button to confirm. Always remember to save the game though!
If you notice oddities or difficulties closing apps with this method. an alternative is to turn off the PS4 completely. As I explained to you in my tutorial on the subject.
A final tip concerns the correct management of downloads. In particular, if you want content to download faster. Then you should make sure that you only download this and not start other downloads at the same time.