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How to factory reset your PS4?

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Factory resetting devices has been a useful tool for quite some time now. If your PS4 is experiencing random glitches or freezes, factory resetting can potentially eliminate such issues.

In case you’re reselling, trading or giving away your PS4, factory resetting it is the most convenient way to ensure that none of your personal information is left on the device.

In this article, we’re talking about how you can factory reset your PS4.

Before you factory reset your PS4, make sure that you deactivate the device as your primary console. Otherwise, you can run into problems when you’re trying to access your online content later onto a new device, or even the same one after the reset for that matter. 

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Deactivating your Primary PS4

Here’s how you can deactivate the PS4 as your main device. 

Step 1: Head over to Settings in the PS4 utility menu.

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Step 2: Click on Account Management.

Step 3: Head over to Activate as Your Primary PS4.

Step 4: Select Deactivate from the list.

Once you’re done with this, we can now proceed to factory resetting the PS4.

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How to Factory Reset a PS4?

Factory resetting your PS4 will delete all the data on it, including any photos, videos or screenshots you might have saved. Make sure you have a backup of your PS4 data before proceeding.

Follow these steps to factory reset your PS4.

Step 1: Head over to Settings in the PS4 utility menu.

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Step 2: Scroll down to find Initialisation and click on it to proceed.

Step 3: Head over to Initialise PS4.

Step 4: Select Full from the list.

Now sit back and wait for your PS4 to finish wiping all data. The process can take several hours.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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