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How to check PS5 downloads in the PS app

See how soon you can play your games by checking your phone.
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Published onOctober 18, 2023

Wondering how long you need to wait before playing your newest game? With the PlayStation app, you can monitor the download progress of your PS5 and PS4 games and be notified when they’re ready to go — no more waiting anxiously by the TV. Plus, your games will download faster with your PS5 in rest mode. Here’s how to check downloads in the PS app.

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To check downloads in the PlayStation app, navigate to your Library and select a game download in progress to see a target estimate for when it'll be playable.

How to check PS5 or PS4 downloads in the PS app

After you’ve linked your PS5 or PS4, you use the PS app to browse the PlayStation Store, buy games, and have them download to your console. The feature also comes in handy if you forget to grab your free monthly PlayStation Plus games. Best of all, you can track ongoing downloads so you’re not staring at your TV waiting for the progress bar to complete.

After you’ve bought a game from the PlayStation Store, either from your console or the PS app, you can find your new game by navigating to the Purchased section of your Game Library in the PS app. The Game Library is the icon with a controller and tiles behind it near the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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Tap on the game you want to open, its About tab, and select Download to Console.

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The game will then begin downloading. If you don’t have enough storage space, see our guide on managing PS5 storage from the PS app. Otherwise, you’ll see the time until your game is playable and can monitor its progress.

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Feel free to get your snacks ready or charge your controller in the meantime. When your download finishes, you’ll receive a notification that your game is ready to play. If you’re ready to jump in, tap Play Now to launch the game on your console.

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It’s as easy as that to download PS5 games and check their progress from the PS app. Just be aware that once you download a game, you will be ineligible for a refund from the PS store should you want to return it.


FAQs

Yes, you can see all of your purchases and downloads from the PS app and manage your console storage.

If your download is in a queue, another game is currently downloading or updating on your PlayStation. Once it’s done, your new download will begin.

Yes, you can check game updates in the PS App. You’ll see an Overview tab when you select a game from your Library. There, you can see information about the game, including any available updates, which you can trigger directly from the app.

Yes, you can view game captures in the PlayStation app. You can find them in your Game Library.