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 these 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 in PS4™ system storage 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

Initialization of your PS4™ system restores system settings to default values. It deletes data saved on system storage and deletes all users and their data from the system. Initialize the system under (Settings) > [Initialization] > [Initialize PS4] > [Full].


  • 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.