How to Speed Up Your PlayStation 4’s Downloads

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The Sony PS4 is known for its slow download speeds, especially the original model 2014. This is not always due to the hardware: the software running in the background, Wi-Fi problems and other problems. network all play a role.

Quick acceleration tips

Follow some basic tips to improve your download speed on any device, not just on PS4. Your Internet connection shares its bandwidth among all your devices. Uploading a file to your laptop or streaming Netflix to 4K on another device can slow things down. For maximum speed, pause all other downloads and streams and let your PS4 use all the desired bandwidth.

Queuing multiple downloads on your PS4 has a similar effect. The console must share its bandwidth. Therefore, if you want to get a particular download completed at its best, pause your other transfers.

Finally, do not play online games when downloading in the background. As you will see below, this will greatly limit your download speed. It is also likely that the download itself will negatively impact your performance, introducing late spikes and connection problems that could put you at a disadvantage.

Kill all applications running

One of the fastest ways to increase your download speed is to kill all running processes. We found that it significantly speeded up downloads, and it was enough to press a few buttons:

With the PS4 running, press and hold the PS button on the controller until a menu appears on the screen.
Highlight "Close application (s)" and press X.

This tip has its roots in Juho Snellman & # 39; s blog article as of 2017. The system programmer discovered that the "receiving window" of the console was drastically reduced each time a game or other application was running.

Close the PS4 application or game

Sony has probably designed this behavior to prioritize games and other software. That's why you can download items from PSN while continuing to play online games. If you are in a hurry to complete the download, it is best to kill all the games or applications running and do something else for a while.

Suspend and resume your download

Another tip we've seen is to suspend your download and then resume it. If you feel like your PS4 is lagging behind a major update or game download, this trick can help you get things done.

Break and Resume PS4 Download

To do this, you must access the download queue under Notifications:

Access the PS4 dashboard by pressing the PS button once.
Press "up" on the left joystick (or touchpad) to highlight Notifications, then press X.
You should see "Downloads" in the list, select it and touch X.
Highlight the item being downloaded and press X, then choose "Pause".
Press X again on the highlighted download and choose "Resume".

It will take a few moments for your download to start again, but this time it should, hopefully, be downloaded even faster and display a shorter estimated download time. You can try several times, especially if you notice a speed drop again.

Put your PS4 in rest mode

If you have time to spare and are not currently using your PS4, the idle mode can help improve speed somewhat. For best results, close all applications before enabling idle mode, as described at the beginning of this article.

Allow PS4 Internet access in idle mode

Before putting your PS4 into sleep mode, you must turn on Internet access in the background so that your download continues while your device is idle. Go to the PS4 Settings menu and scroll down to "Energy saving settings", then press X. Choose "Set available features in rest mode" and make sure to enable "Stay connected to the Internet".

Put the PS4 in rest mode

Now you can put your PS4 in idle mode by holding the PS button on your controller, scrolling to "Power" and choosing "Enter Idle mode". You will need to reactivate your PS4 to see the progress of your download.

Use a wired connection

Wireless networks can be slow and prone to interference. Even if you have a modern router, you can not control the weather or the choice of your neighbor's wireless channel. For a much more stable network connection, completely abandon the wireless network and use an Ethernet cable instead.

The wireless connection of the original PS4 is notoriously bad, but a wired connection will also improve the performance of the Slim and Pro hardware versions. If your router is close to your console, the solution is simple. You will find an Ethernet port on the back of all PS4 models, connect one end of a standard Ethernet cable to your console and the other to a free port on your router.

But what happens if your PS4 and your router are in different rooms or floors? Ethernet LC Adapters allow you to use cables already installed in your walls. We covered how to set up a CPL network at home in the old days. Check-out View Geek's recommendations for LC network adapters for shopping ideas.

For many of us, wireless networks are the only option. The original PS4 model only supports 2.4 GHz 802.11b / g / n wireless technology, while the new PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro models support dual band 802.11ac on the 5 GHz band. While 2.4 GHz wireless has better penetration into the wall 5 GHz, the old standard is also slower and more susceptible to interference.

If you still want to use a wireless connection, be sure to use 5 GHz as much as possible. Ideally, the router and console should be in the same room or as close as possible. Do not forget to start a wireless scan to determine the best channels to use avoid interference. Follow these tips to get a better wireless signal.

RELATED: How to get a better wireless signal and reduce wireless network interference

Configure a proxy server

Many users swear that setting up a proxy server on a local machine had solved their download problems. A proxy is like a gateway to the Internet that we find most often on a corporate network. A Reddit user explains how this can improve your download speeds:

By installing a computer on your local network to perform some heavy tasks, it may be possible to increase your download speed. This is especially true for early PlayStation 4 models, featuring notoriously flaky network adapters.

The first thing to do is to download and run a proxy server on your local computer. Windows users can use a free version of CCProxy, while Mac users can use the free application Squidman. Download and install the proxy server on a computer connected to the same network as your PS4.

Configure CCProxy for Windows

To configure your PS4 to use your proxy, you need to get two pieces of information: the proxy address and the port number. On CCProxy, it's simple: just click on "Options" and then check under "Local IP Address" for the IP address and "HTTP / RTSP" for the port.

Configure Squidman for Mac

Hold down the Options key and click the Network icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Take note of the "IP address" of your local machine. Now launch Squidman and navigate to Squidman> Preferences at the top of the screen. Note the "HTTP Port" under General. Now click on the "Clients" tab.

How to find an IP address on a Mac

You will need to add a range of IP addresses that can use your new proxy. If your IP address in the previous step looks like "192.168.0.X", then you can click again and type "192.168.0.0/24" to enable it for the entire range. If your IP address looks like "10.0.0.X", you can type "10.0.0.0/16" to enable the entire range.

Squidman Squid Client for Mac

Now click on "Save" and then "Stop Squid" to stop the server. Click "Start Squid" to restart the server. You are now ready to configure your PS4.

Go to the "Settings" menu on your console and scroll to "Network", then tap X.
Highlight "Set up Internet connection", then touch X.
Choose between "Use Wi-Fi" or "Use LAN Cable" depending on your current configuration.
When asked how you want to set up your connection, choose "Customize" and then touch X.
Choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the password if necessary.
For "IP Address Settings", select "Automatic", then touch X.
For "DHCP host name", choose "Do not specify" and tap X.
For "DNS Settings", select "Automatic", then touch X.
For "MTU Settings", choose "Automatic" and press X.
For "Proxy Server", choose "Use" and tap X.
Enter the IP address and port information for your server, highlight "Next" and tap X.
Finally, choose "Test Internet Connection" and tap X, then wait for the end of the test.

Do not forget that your PS4 will have to use this proxy to access the Internet. If the IP address of your proxy server changes, your PS4 will not be able to connect to the Internet. For normal operation of your PS4 (playing online games, streaming movies, browsing the PlayStation Store), you do not really need the proxy server.

Configure PS4 for use with Proxy Server

If you do not want your PS4 to be constantly dependent on a proxy, you can undo these changes. This involves restoring the PS4 Internet connection and choosing "Do not use" when prompted to choose a proxy server (the "Easy" network configuration will also work).

Your mileage may vary: change your DNS servers

DNS means Domain Name Systemand it's a bit like an address book for the web. The DNS servers that you use determine which servers are resolved when you enter a Web address. If you have not changed DNS server, you are using the default settings of your service provider.

Some users swear that the change of DNS server had solved their PS4 download speed problem. Others think it's a placebo effect. Some have theories that your choice of DNS servers affects the servers your console uses for downloads. We do not know exactly how it works. In any case, we recommend using Google's Cloudflare or DNS servers because they are probably faster than those provided by your ISP.

The best way to do this is to change your DNS servers on your router, which will affect all the devices on your network. If you choose this path, you will not need to manually enter the DNS server changes on each device. Learn more about how to change the DNS servers on your router.

If you want to try, you can use other DNS servers provided by Google (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4), CloudFlare (1.1.1.1) or choose the fastest DNS servers based on your location.

Configure Custom DNS for PS4

If you do not want to change the DNS server for your entire home network, you can only change it on your PS4. You do not need to do this if you have already changed it on your router!

To change the DNS servers used by your PS4:

Go to the "Settings" menu on your console and scroll to "Network", then tap X.
Highlight "Set up Internet connection", then touch X.
Choose between "Use Wi-Fi" or "Use LAN Cable" depending on your current configuration.
When asked how you want to set up your connection, choose "Customize" and then touch X.
Choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the password if necessary.
For "IP Address Settings", select "Automatic", then touch X.
For "DHCP host name", choose "Do not specify" and tap X.
For "DNS Settings", select "Manual" and press X.
Add two DNS servers of your choice in the "Primary DNS" and "Secondary DNS" fields, then select "Next" and tap X.
For "MTU Settings", choose "Automatic" and press X.
For "Proxy Server", choose "Do not use" and press X.
Finally, choose "Test Internet Connection" and tap X, then wait for the end of the test.

Could the problem be your speed of the Internet?

When was the last time you tested your Internet speed? If your Internet speed is slow at first, nothing you do on your PS4 will improve things. Test your connection with the help of a laptop or desktop by going on Speedtest.net or by downloading Speedtest apps for iOS and Android.

Yes your speed is not up to parit's time to raise the problem with your service provider. It is also worth testing several times, at different times of the day, to better diagnose the problem.

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