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How to Restore Your PS4 Console to Factory Settings

Since purchasing a PS5, is your PS4 now surplus to requirements? Have you decided to sell or give your older console away? If so, you’re going to need to restore your PS4 to factory settings.

We imagine you don’t want your PSN details to be in the hands of another user, especially if the next owner will be a stranger. And ideally, the next owner will want to set the console to their liking anyway.

Therefore, a factory reset is in everybody’s best interests. First, don't forget to back up everything on your PS4 or transfer it to PS5!

Here’s how you restore your PS4 to factory settings:

Here’s How to Deactivate Your PS4

  • On the home page of your PS4, select the Settings option
  • Then select Account Management
  • Select the Activate as Your Primary PS4 dropdown option
  • From here, select Deactivate

This will dissociate you from your PS4. Now onto the final stage of how to restore your PS4 to factory settings.

Now this may sound rather strange, but to restore your PS4 to factory settings you need to ‘Initialize your PS4’. It sounds counterproductive but trust us; this is how it’s to restore a PS4.

How to Restore Your PS4 Console to Factory Settings

Initialize Your PS4

  • On the home page of your PS4, select the Settings option
  • In Settings, scroll down to the very bottom and select Initialization
  • Select Initialize PS4
  • Select Full  

Expect this to take some time, but once completed, this will fully restore your PS4 to factory settings. This will make it possible to sell it to a new owner without any connection to you.

How to Restore Your PS4 Console to Factory Settings

Before you sell your PS4, however, here are a few things to consider and what to do before selling your PS4 or Xbox One console.

If you’re an Xbox One owner, here’s how to Restore your Xbox One to Factory Settings

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