The users of PS4 are increasing exponentially with the games like God of war and Red Redemption 2 released exclusively for PS4. The gamers loved the games and their responses motivated other gamers to opt PS4 in front of PC or Xbox. Gaming experience itself on PS4 is great and there is no denying but the Sony is infamous for slow download speeds and the issue is persistent since 2014. The issue is not always related to the hardware sometimes there are applications running in the background that are halting the download speed. There can be an issue with the Wi-Fi or network cable. All the things can be responsible for slow download speed so let’s discuss each in detail.
To speed up the download speed on your PS4, check other devices that are connected with the same network. Streaming Netflix, downloading movies or dramas can consume all the bandwidth which can explain the slow download speed from PS4 end. To free the bandwidth pause those downloads for the time being and let your game consume all the bandwidth and get downloaded a lot quicker. Multiple downloads can affect the bandwidth, so the downloading more than 1 game on your PS4 will also have the same effect and you will not be able to download the games quicker. The best option is to download one game at a single time. Similarly, don’t play other online games while you got a download in progress. The online game will consume the bandwidth and you will be left with slow speed again. So, multitasking on PS4 is seriously negated as the shared bandwidth can kill the download speed.
Stop the applications running in the background:
If you want to increase the download speed instantly just kill the background processes that are consuming the RAM and bandwidth. The method is tried and tested and all you got to do is:
- Long press the PS button from the controller and wait for the menu to pop up on the screen.
- Scroll to the “Close Application” button and press X.
By closing the background applications, you allow the PS4 to use the maximum speed to download your favorite game faster. Slow download speed is set by Sony to let the games run smoothly and if you are not in a hurry, you can enjoy games while the new one will be downloading slowly. However, if you want to play that specific game, then you had no other option but to kill all the background process and give the priority to that download.
Pause and Resume Download:
Another trick that was tested was, pausing the download momentarily and resuming it after some time. Let’s go through the step to achieve this trick.
- Press the PS button once and the PS4 dashboard will open.
- Use the joystick to highlight the notification button. One the button is highlighted press X.
- Under that tab, you can see the downloads. Highlight the downloads button and press X.
- You can see the pending downloads in that tab. Highlight the downloading game and press X. Choose the Pause option from that menu.
- Tap X again and choose resume to restart the download process.
The download will take a few minutes to restart but we have seen the considerable speed change after following this process.
Use the Rest Mode:
This method is for gamers who have time to spare. In this method, you need to put your PS4 in rest mode while downloading any game. Before putting the PS4 in rest mode, make sure to close all the applications running in the background.
To make sure your downloads stay online when the PS4 is in rest mode, you need to allow background internet access to the PS4. Go to the settings of your PS4 and look for power saving mode. Highlight that mode and press X. Look for the option “features available in Rest mode” and press X. From there, choose to stay to connect to the internet. After that, you are all set and your downloads won’t get affected in the rest mode and speed will be increased considerably.
Prefer Wired Connection over Wireless:
Wireless networks are vulnerable to interference. A great deal of progress has been made in this field and there are many modern routers with great components and settings. However, you cannot control the weather which can distort the wireless signals and all the fancy equipment will be of no use. Wireless connections are easy and portable but they can never be reliable. So, if you want a reliable network connection, always go for the Ethernet connection.
To connect the Ethernet to your PS4 you can use the Ethernet cable. If the router is close to the PS4, you can directly connect the router port and the PS4 Ethernet port. However, you need to go through some trouble and Ethernet power line adapters if the router is in different room or floor. In the end, if a wired connection is not an option, then you need to make sure Wi-Fi router and PS4 are in the same room and use 5 GHz if possible.
The possibilities are slim but there are chances that your internet speed is limited. If that’s the case then no solution or change can help you in increasing the speed of the downloads as you have bottlenecked the downloads with slow speed and you have to bear that tormenting slow download. To fix this issue talk with your internet service provider or ISP to increase the speed of your internet connection or check if there is an error or bug that is limiting the download speed. Once the issue gets resolved from the ISP’s end, your download speed will get increased automatically.
These are the few helpful and basic tips that we find regarding the slow download speed on PS4. Hopefully, by following our tips, your issue gets resolved and you can start playing your favorite games without any halt.