This guide to going to look at PS4 download times and ways you can speed them up. I have tried many ways to increase my download speed and sometimes even the smallest of changes has meant a download would be reduced from 10+ hours to 1 or 2. Read on to see if any of these are applicable to you and try them out. I advise (as with all experiments) trying them 1 at a time so you know what helped you and what didn’t. I have also written a more general guide about reducing latency that might be useful.
Pause and unpause (seriously)
Pausing and unpausing for some reason increases your download speed. When your download speed starts dropping, pause for several seconds then start it again. Often it will increase back to the original speed.
Use a wired connection
When it comes to transferring data, using a wired connection is almost always going to be faster (and more stable/consistent) than using wireless. If possible, you should always connect your PS4 to your router with a good quality Ethernet cable (good quality does not mean expensive).
If your ps4 does not show an increase in download speed when using an Ethernet cable then try plugging the cable into different ports in your router. For example, when I plug my Ethernet cable into Port 1 then it goes a lot faster than in port 2 (there is probably a way to change this but I just couldn’t figure it out). If it is still not faster then try a different cable, a poor/damaged cable can significantly hinder download speeds.
Use rest mode
Write down your download speed when your PS4 is not in rest mode. Make the changes listed below (to ensure your PS4 downloads while in rest mode) and then enter rest mode. After 10 minutes then check to see how much has downloaded and calculate if it was faster than normal mode. Some people report this giving them significantly faster download speeds. It is up to you to decide if this works better than pausing/resuming.
Change your DNS servers
I will start by saying that a lot of people don’t think this change has any affect upon download speed. I am not sure what it changes exactly but a large amount of people have seen good results from doing this so I will include it here. To start then go to settings in your PS4 menu.
- Go to “Network”.
- Go to “Set Up Internet Connection”
- Select Wifi/LAN depending on what you use to connect.
- Select “Custom”.
- IP Address Settings = Automatic
- DHCP Host Name = Do Not Specify
- DNS Settings = Manual
- Primary DNS: 126.96.36.199
- Secondary DNS: 188.8.131.52
- MTU Settings: Automatic
- Proxy Server: Do Not Use
Test your download speed and see if this helped at all. If not, you will probably want to revert the changes back to how they originally were (just let the PS4 auto-detect everything again).
If you have any other changes or if any of these worked for you then comment below and let me know.