How to Factory Data Reset PS4 – With And Without Losing Your Data

How to Factory Data Reset PS 4

Are you planning to buy the latest PS 5? If so, then congrats man. You surely need to sell out your older Playstation 4. But don’t forget to Factory Data Reset it before making the move. Don’t worry about the process. Here is the guide that will tell you how to factory data Reset PS4.

Well, there may be other reasons as well as why you are selling your PS4. You might require money or you just want your old stuff out. If these are the reasons then do check out our article on How To Sell Items On Craigslist. I am sure it will be of great help to you. Now, getting back to the topic, Here we present to you, the all-in-one guide for “How To Factory Data Reset PS4”.

This guide on “How to Factory Data Rest PS4” will tell you all the possible ways to rest your settings on PS4 with a screen, without a screen, with the help of a controller, and without it. In the end, we have also mentioned how to reinstall the Console’s Operating system.

Read below the article to know the steps to be followed to accomplish the tasks mentioned above.

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How to Factory Data Reset PS4

Further in the article, you will be reading about the different ways that can be used to factory data reset PS4. So, without wasting much of your time let us start with the guide.

Deactivate the PSN Account

How to Factory Data Reset PS 4 - Deactivate PSN Account
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If you are planning to Factory Data Reset PS4 because you want to sell it on craigslist or some other marketplace. Then remember to deactivate your PSN account first. Deactivating the PSN Account is quite simple just follow the steps given below.

  1. Press “UP” on the home screen of your PS4 and enter the Main Menu
  2. Now, try to reach “Settings” by pressing the Right button on the controller.
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Scroll down the setting’s menu until you reach the option “PlayStation Network/Account Management” and select it by pressing the “X” button on the controller.
  5. Now you can see the options for activating or deactivating your PSN account. If your account is activated then the “Activate” button will be greyed out and if the PSN is Deactivated then the “Deactivate” button will be greyed out.
  6. As you have come to deactivate your PSN Account. Scroll Down and select “Deactivate” pressing the “x” button on the controller.
  7. A confirmation message will appear in front of you. Select the option “Yes” by pressing “X”
  8. Now, the PlayStation will inform you that you have successfully Deactivated your PSN. Press “OK”.

Now, your PS4 will reboot. Turn it on and access the main menu by pressing the PS button. You will see a message to activate the PSN account, which means the PSN account was successfully deactivated.

Note – PSN account is different from the user account. Deactivating PSN doesn’t mean that you have lost your User Account.

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Wipe All Data From PS4

How to Factory Data Reset PS 4 - Initilization PS4
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Well, as per the guide is a concern. We have made it keeping in mind that the most urgent requirement to Factory Data Reset PS4 is when you want to sell it. So, the next step would be to wipe away all the data from the PS4. Here you have got two options either quick or full. Quick wipe data will take only a few minutes but the new user can always retrieve your data. So, go with the Full. Follow the steps given below to wipe the data from PS4.

  1. Login With Your User Account
  2. Press “UP” on the home screen of your PS4 and enter the Main Menu
  3. Now, try to reach “Settings” by pressing the Right button on the controller.
  4. Select “Settings”
  5. Scroll down the setting’s menu until you reach the option “Initialization” and select it by pressing the “X” button on the controller.
  6. Now scroll down and select the “Initialize PS4” option.
  7. Now the Console will ask you for what type of wipe full or quick. (Quick wipe data will take only a few minutes but the new user can always retrieve your data so, go with the Full.)
  8. On the new screen, you will find the Initialize button at the bottom. Select it and confirm your choice by pressing “YES”.

Note – Full data wipe can take up to several hours.

How To Factory Data Reset PS4 in Safe Mode

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Well, if by chance you are unable to factory Data Reset PS4 in the regular way given above. Then, we have another way. This is called the Factory data Rest PS4 in Safe Mode. Follow the following steps to accomplish it.

  1. Press the “Down” button and the Power Button simultaneously. Until you hear the two beeps. The first beep will be heard when you press the power button and the second will be heard when the Console starts the booting process in the safe mode. 
  2. You will find various options on the screen scroll down and select the “Restore Default setting” and the PS4 will be factory data reset.

Note – This process will also reset the Console’s Operating system and you need to reinstall it. If you wish to keep your user data you can select the option “Initialize PS4” from the list.

How to reinstall System Software after Factory Data Reset PS4

  1. Go to the website https://www.playstation.com/en-us/legal/ and download the latest firmware on your PC.
  2. Now in a USB drive make a folder named “PS4” and inside the folder make another folder named “Update”.
  3. Copy the firmware in the “Update folder”. Keep in mind that the firmware should be named “PS4UPDATE.PUP”.
  4. After the initialization of the PS4 is done. Plugin the USB to reinstall the Console’s Operating System.

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To Conclude

This was the complete guide on “How To Factory reset PS4” in the simple easy steps. We have mentioned all the possible ways in which you can reset your PlayStation 4. If you still have any query regarding any step given in the guide above then do let us know in the Comments section.

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