Transferring or disposing of your PS4™ system

Before you replace, transfer, or dispose of your PS4™ system, delete your Sony Entertainment Network account and other information by performing the following procedures. This helps to protect your personal information and helps to prevent its unauthorized use by third parties.

Back up data

Copy saved data, screenshots, and certain other files that are stored on your PS4™ system to a USB storage device as necessary. For details on how to back up this data, see "Back Up and Restore".

Initialize your PS4™ system

During initialization, the PS4™ system settings are restored to their defaults, and all users and their data saved on the PS4™ system are deleted. Initialize the system under (Settings) > [Initialization] > [Initialize PS4] > [Full].


  • If you activated the system as your primary PS4™ system, a screen asking you to confirm the deactivation will appear. You can deactivate a system from that system only, so be sure to deactivate it before transferring or disposing of your system.
  • When you initialize your system, all settings and information saved on the PS4™ system are deleted. This process cannot be undone, so be sure not to delete any important data by mistake. Deleted data cannot be restored.
  • Do not turn off the PS4™ system during initialization. If you do, you might damage the system.