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How do I clear my ps4 before selling?

Answer

  1. Sign in to your PS4 and head to the settings menu.
  2. Deactivate your PlayStation.
  3. Sign back in with your user account.
  4. Find the Initialization option in settings.
  5. Choose Full on the Initialize screen.
  6. Turn your PS4 fully off.

I know you can delete all your game data, but what about any accounts attached to the ps4? I don’t want to give my old account info to the new user. (Typos by OP)

Do not log into your account until after you’ve sold it. If they’re willing to buy it even without being able to play, that’s up to them. The only information on there should be basic stuff like your name, password and email address. Anything else could be considered depending on how it’s used. Chances are if they can access additional apps/games via you, then yes that WILL come along with the sale as well.

I’ve sold my consoles multiple times and once the new person initializes it, they can go online with their own account. So unless you’re on a plan that would charge the person who buys it for your services, there shouldn’t be any problems.

If you are locking in a specific price on something like eBay or Craigslist… then YES I’d DEFINITELY wipe everything but keep a copy of save files for games that YOU still have/want to play… but if you’re just posting an ad and selling locally… I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Would wiping everything out prevent someone from being able to go into safe mode? (Reason: A friend told me that if he could get online, he could put his firmware back on and then unlock the hard drive. This way he would be able to play pirated games as opposed to my friend being the only one who could use it.)

I’m not sure about this… I don’t know what information Sony leaves behind when you do a complete wipe of everything BUT save files. However, if they can get in safe mode that means they already have access to enough information to buy their own stuff from the PSN store… so I’d think whatever they’d need is still there somewhere (or shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out anyway). There’s also some tutorials already floating around online that explain how to downgrade/unlock your device without even needing an internet connection.

I’ve heard that someone can remotely wipe the information from your ps4 on their end if they know your email address and password, right? Is this true?

No, not exactly… but there are ways to do it from another console as I understand it (especially for content/dlc etc). It’s actually some fairly easy stuff to figure out, BUT unless you’re really concerned about someone else accessing YOUR stuff even after you’re done with it… then I wouldn’t bother worrying about this either.

How would I clear everything on my PS4 before selling or trading it in? I just don’t want my old account popping up and giving people access to any games that aren’t included with the system. (I know its not likely, but just want to bring it up in case you were unaware.) Also I tried looking this up before asking and couldn’t find anything like this… Or if there is already something similar posted, could someone link it for me? Thanks!

You don’t clear everything out. Just go into the user settings section on the PS4, click your account name at the top and change it to “guest” or however you decide to make your sign-in details private. You won’t be able to log-in anymore once you’ve done that so don’t worry about losing access to any games/apps etc… but remember that whoever you sell it to can still do exactly what you did to show the account information!

Also, I am replacing my PS4’s hard drive with an SSD. What software (if any) should I use to transfer my games/saves from the old HDD to the new SSD? Or is there a way of doing it without having to download them again? Thanks!

I think you have to download them again if they’re not digital copies… but for physical copies what some people do is put their save files on a flash drive and plug that in while they are loading up the game. That way they can see where the saves are located and copy over their own backed-up save file so no info gets lost. It’s certainly safer than just trying to move everything yourself though!

If you use the PS4’s built-in storage management feature to back up your saves… then those should be able to copy over just fine. And if it’s a digital game/dlc that means it can’t be moved either way so you’re kind of out of luck (unless someone else has that same stuff and is willing to do a save file swap *shrugs*). But yeah, checking with whoever you sell or trade your device to would be smart since they might have something like this already done for themselves.

Do I need to wipe everything off my PlayStation 4 before selling it? What about consoles on Craigslist? Or eBay? How do I handle this as an owner that wants their information completely removed from the device? PS4 here.

Delete your account information on it before you sell it… or leave the PS4 on with no sign-in info showing and someone could figure out all the info they need elsewhere anyway so again, just don’t worry about it unless there are other VERY GOOD reasons to be concerned about what happens to your stuff after you’re done using it. You’ll still be able to play those games in your library as long as you DL’d them… without needing any sort of internet connection (it’s not like Sony’s monitoring this or anything! LOL). I think I’ve said this a few times already, but really the only people who have a reason for being too paranoid right now are probably pirates/illegal users who are afraid of getting caught. As for people who have had their accounts hacked or stolen… that’s a problem WITH Sony’s security as much as it is with some thieves out there so I wouldn’t blame anything on them either really!

Can you trade in a PlayStation 4 without clearing all other users and data that may be on the system? I was told by one store not to do it at all, but another said they would wipe everything off before putting it into their inventory. What is true and what gives me the best chance of getting good credit from GameStop when trading my systems in? Thanks!

Oh, definitely make sure you delete your info first since if whoever gets it knows how to look up info online (or check Sony’s support site) then they will probably be able to see your account name and all the things associated with it. And it wouldn’t hurt to delete anything you have saved online… but Sony won’t know either way anyway since that has nothing to do with the sales info on their end in this case. So yeah, just keep in mind that if you don’t want people getting any of that info from your PS4 (or even find out about what you’ve been playing lately), make sure everything is wiped before trading it away!

Hi, i was wondering how to play a used ps4 game without having to download it again? for example: my friend borrowed me uncharted 4 or games like fifa 16 etc if i buy those games will i still have to download them or do they already have the files on the disc? Thanks!

If you mean play without any sort of internet connection at all… then yes, if you had a physical copy it won’t matter. But assuming you’re wondering about how to log into your PSN account with it, that’s where it gets a bit more complicated (and why I mentioned above that people who use their consoles for both digital and physical copies are going to have an easier time). If you try to access games from another user’s account while logged out as yourself… then they’ll appear under “Game” but not in any of the normal menus like Friends or Messages. Instead, you can start those downloaded games from the PS4’s home screen or in a game menu. So if you have any of your games that are used but have been downloaded to an account other than what the disc is bound to… then it will definitely work for those, since they’re not tied to anything else. But if there aren’t any sort of download restrictions on the game… then they should work fine no matter which account (just make sure the disc matches! LOL).

How do I clear my ps4 before selling?

1. Sign in to your PS4 and head to the settings menu.
2. Deactivate your PlayStation.
3. Sign back in with your user account.
4. Find the Initialization option in settings.
5. Choose Full on the Initialize screen.
6. Turn your PS4 fully off.

How do I reset my PlayStation 4 to factory settings?

To restore the system software to its default settings, select Settings > Initialisation > Restore Default Settings.

How long does it take to factory reset PS4?

All of the data on your hard drive is securely wiped to prevent intrusion and take up disk space. This process can take several hours so choosing a Full initialization, which is generally what people pick, makes sense. Once you’ve made your selection it takes just one click to confirm the action.

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