Can You Plug a Flash Drive Into a PS4? USB flash drive is also known as USB memory sticks, memory unit, thumb drive, USB drive, or simply USB in our daily life. It is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated USB interface which enables it to be easily connected to different devices.
Compared with other storage devices like external hard drive (HDD) or SSD, USB flash drive provides users with a storage solution of higher portability. It is designed to be tiny and you can put it in your wallet or clothes pocket. Besides, it allows you to plug and play without the need for cable or any other connection medium.
The USB flash drive is also popular among PS4 users. Similar to other PS4 storage devices, you might use PS4 USB drive commonly for the following purposes:
- To back up PS4. When you are trying to perform certain operations that might affect your PS4 data, such as initializing PS4 to fix issues, you should back up your PS4 data to an external storage device like PS4 USB drive in advance to avoid any data loss.
- To share or transfer files, games, or applications on PS4. If you want to share a certain PS4 game or some game screenshots with friends, or transfer them on your computer for convenient management, you just need a PS4 USB drive of small capacity.
- To upgrade PS4 system software. You need to download the related file on your computer to upgrade PS4 system software. During this process, you need a media to store the file and install the operating system from it after being connected PS4. PS4 USB flash drive is always the best choice in this case.
- To extend PS4 storage. The USB drive can also be used as extended storage on your PS4. By doing this, you can save and install your games on the PS4 USB drive directly to spare the space on your PS4 system/internal storage.
Perhaps you are using PS4 USB flash drive for one of the above purposes. If you are not, you can choose to use it when needed. It is worth mentioning that you can use any type of USB drive to achieve the above purposes, except the last one. If you want to use a USB memory stick to extend your PS4 storage, the USB drive have to meet the following requirements:
- It supports USB 3.0 or higher connection.
- Its usable storage space is 250GB at least.
How to Set up a Flash Drive as Extended Storage for the PS4
- Plug the flash drive into the USB port on the front of the PS4.
- From your home screen, select Settings.
- Select Devices.
- Select USB Storage Devices.
- Select Mass Storage.
- Select Format For Extended Storage.
How to Copy Save Data to or From a Flash Drive on Your PS4
- After you plug the flash drive into the USB port on the front of your PS4, begin at the Home Screen and select Settings.
- Select Application Saved Data Management.
- To copy save data from the flash drive to the PS4, select Saved Data on USB Storage Device
- Select Copy to System Storage.
- Select the game from which the file comes.
- Select the right save file and choose Copy
- To copy save data to a flash drive from a PS4, select Saved Data in System Storage
- Select Copy to USB Storage Device.
How to Save Screen Captures From Your PS4 to a Flash Drive
- From the Home Screen, select Settings.
- Select Storage
- Select the storage device, in this case System Storage.
- If you use a flash drive or other hard drive as extended storage, the device will also appear here. You will still need to select System Storage to get your screen captures.
- Select Screen Captures
- Select the game you used to take a screen capture. Then press the Options button on your PS4 controller. It will take you to a new screen with a list of screen captures.
- You don’t have to know which game you used for the screenshot or video capture. The All folder contains all your screenshots. If you took a screenshot or video capture from the PS4 menus, it would be in the Other folder at the bottom of the list.
- Find the screen capture you want to save. Press Options on your PS4 controller to bring up a menu on the right. Select Copy to USB Storage.
- Select the screen captures you want to copy, and select Copy.
Why Won’t My USB Storage Device Connect to My PS4?
- Check your system software because the PS4 requires the latest update to use copied data.
- Check to see whether your flash drive fits in the narrow gap around the USB port. Some USB flash drives are too wide to connect physically.
- Go through the menus in the steps above to see whether it connected without letting you know.
- Check whether the flash drive is working on another device like a computer.
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