How To Fix PS4 Slow and Lagging? [Effective Solutions]

If you are wondering why your PS4 is running slow? Then, read this guide below containing all the answers to your query. We at Playstation edge feel more obliged to solve your queries like this. So, if you have any query related to the PS4 gaming console then tell us in the comment section. We will definitely bring solutions to all the queries.

For good navigation purposes, here is a list of content that we are going to provide you.

  • Causes lead to Playstation 4 Running Slow
  • Symptoms of PS4 pro Running Slow
  • How to fix PS4 Running slow and freezing
  • Solution 1: Verify your Hard Drive
  • Solution 2: Rebuild PS4’s Database
  • Solution 3: Clear Hard Drive Space or Replace It with a new one
  • Solution 4: Firmware Update
  • Solution 5: Optimizing Internet Connection
  • Wrapping Up
  • FAQ related to PS4 Running Slow

Playstation 4 gained its popularity among the players as the most popular gaming console but due to some reasons, it is corrupted with some glitches and bugs that make PS4 running slow and freezing. We are going to discuss below some of the causes that lead your PS4 running slow. So, if you are worried about the issue then throw it away as we are going to provide you with the troubleshooting with which you can easily get your PS4 back. 

Causes lead to a PS4 running slow 

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There is no specific reason for PS4 lagging but there can be many other reasons that lead to the issue. Check them out to know about the causes.

  • If you are having faulty or full hard disk drives then you can encounter the PS4 lag.
  • Poor ventilation is another cause that leads to the PS4 running slow and freezing.
  • The Internet can also lead to your PS4 running slow if the connection is poor and slow.
  • Having the issues of firmware bugs leads to PS4 lagging.
  • Cluttered database and clogged cache are other reasons for PS4 lagging.

In order to know which cause brings issues related to PS4 running slow, you have to perform the troubleshooting to resolve the issue by removing the cause from your device. We will be moving on to troubleshooting after knowing the identification signs of PS4 running slow.

Symptoms of PS4 pro Running Slow

These symptoms are great to help all the players out there for not only identifying the lag that is going to hit PS4 and their gaming console but also in removing these signs because through the signs the users get back to the causes and involved in troubleshooting the PS4 lagging.

  • The first sign could be the slow performance of the media files, copying applications, and the game. But, sometimes it could happen because of the external storage device that is connected to the Playstation 4 console.
  • If you encounter sudden stop and freeze in the going-on task of PS4 then again it signals you about the PS4 lag. This sign is the best to identify the cause.
  • Doesn’t matter what you are using a game/app or the whole operating system, when the PS4 loading time is long then you are going to receive PS4 lag.
  • When you encounter the lagging in PS4 while playing games then also it indicates the lag issue.   

After knowing about the signs that can help you to identify the PS4 lag. now, let’s move into the solutions or troubleshooting to resolve it as soon as possible.

How to fix PS4 Running Slow and Freezing

Solution 1: Verify your Hard Drive

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Hard drive signals you about the fault in the hard disk through various unusual noises so if you also hear some of these unusual noises then you should change it with the new one as it can cause your PS4 to run slow.

In order to change the drive, the user needs to perform the steps below. 

Tip: But you need to be more careful while doing it as you are required to take apart the device.

Step 1: Firstly, go to the power button, press it for 7 seconds until you hear the sound of two beeps and then turn it off.

Step 2: Disconnect all the cables that are attached to your PS4 whether it be a power cable or some other.

Step 3: To remove the hard drive you have to slide the bay cover out towards the left of the system.

Step 4: Verify if the hard drive is seated and screwed properly to the board. 

After performing the above steps, you need to check if the PS4 running slow issue is resolved or not. In order to do it, you have to run games on PS4. 

Solution 2: Rebuild PS4’s Database

You can carry on with this solution if your PS4 hard drive has enough free space.

If you are wondering why you have to perform it even if the PS4 is running slow then you should know the fact that Playstation 4 becomes slow and inefficient because of the database that becomes clog over time.

Therefore, it would be best to rebuild the database that will instantly increase the performance of the console and also deduct lagging or freezing.

In order to rebuild the database, you need to perform the steps below.

Step 1: The first step you need to do is to power off the PS4 by pressing and holding the power button for seven seconds until it becomes completely off.

Step 2: Again press and hold the power button to safely boot into safe mode. Move from the power button after you hear a second beep.

Step 3: Now, you need to connect DualShock 4 controller to your PlayStation via USB cable as the Bluetooth performs inactively in Safe mode.

Step 4: From the Safe Mode window appears, choose the fifth option rebuild database that will do the task of scanning the drive and also create a new database of all content.

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Keynote: This process will take some more time merely depending on the number and type of data items.

Solution 3: Clear Hard Drive Space and Replace it with a new one

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If you read the above section containing causes of your PS4 running slow then you have found that the first cause is faulty or full hard disk drives that lead to the issue. In order to resolve it, you have to clear the space of the hard drive as this will improve your console by creating the space for the system to operate.

Therefore you need to first clear the hard drive space and in order to do so, you have to perform the steps below. After performing it, you can replace the hard drive with a new one.

Step 1: Move towards settings, then to System Storage Management from your PS4 main screen. After that, you need to choose any of the options that will provide you information. 

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  • Applications
  • Themes
  • Capture Gallery
  • Application Saved Data

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Step 2: Choose the content that you want to delete.

Step 3: click on the options tab and then go to the delete tab.

Step 4: At last, check if the Playstation 4 is running slow or not.

If you are still facing that PS4 is running slow and freezing and some mechanical damage has been done to the hard drive then you may require to change the hard drive with a new one that will help you to save more games.

Keynote: If you are wondering what is the best hard drive for your ps4 then you can check out our article containing Top 5 Best Hard Drive For PS4 and Xbox One everything about the best hard drives. This will also help you to choose the best for your Playstation 4 and improve your gaming console too.

You can use the free tool MiniTool Partition Wizard to transfer your files saved on the old to the new hard drive without any kind of data loss. This tool works efficiently not only in moving your files from one disk to another but to perform so many functions like wiping the disk and thus preventing privacy.

You can perform the task of migrating your files to the new hard drive through MiniTool Partition Wizard with the steps provided below:

Step 1: Firstly, you need to remove the hard drive of your PS4 and then connect it to a computer that is running. Before proceeding with it, you need to keep that in mind that you use a good screw for replacing your original hard drive.

  • Shutdown the PS4
  • From your PS4, remove the hard drive carefully.
  • Connect the old as well as the new hard drive of PS4 with the running computer.

Step 2: Now, you have to download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard and then launch it to get its main interface.

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Step 3: Go to the left panel and select the option Copy Disk Wizard.

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Step 4: Hit on the next tab.

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Step 5: A new window prompts up with instructions to select a source disk that you would like to copy. Here you need to choose your original hard drive of PS4 as the source disk and then you are required to click on the next tab.

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Step 6: Now, a second window appears with instructions to select a disk as the target disk that will hold all the copies. Here you need to select your new hard drive for PS4 as the target disk and move forward by selecting the next tab.

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Tip: You have to keep in mind that if you use this feature, you are required to back up the files that are saved on the target disk as this can harm all the data saved on that disk.

Step 7: Click on the copy option and then change the partition size.

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Step 8: A new window pops up, you need to read the note provided to you and then tap on the Next button. 

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Step 9: Go to the apply tab and change the setting.

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Step 10: After performing all the above tasks of transferring all the data to the new PS4 hard drive, you can delete the files from the computer and install them on your Playstation 4. Now, you are ready to take the adventure of PS4 games.

Keynote: You can also reformat your original PS4 hard drive to save the files.

Solution 4: Firmware Update

You can move on to this solution if the above solution did not work for you or the firmware becomes the real cause behind PS4 lag on your device.

With the updating of Firmware, you can see the improved performance in your gaming console.

In order to improve your gaming console, move on with the steps below

Step 1: Try to prepare a USB that has a free space of 400 MB.

Step 2: Wipe the USB and craft a folder and subfolder named PS4 and UPDATE.

Step 3: Download the last PS4 update and in the UPDATE folder, copy-paste it. The UPDATE folder should be on the flash drive.

Step 4: Turn the PS4 off and go to any of the PS4’s forward-facing USB ports and slot the USB into it. 

Step 5: Now, boot into safe mode by pressing the power button for 7 seconds. 

Step 6: In the window of Safe mode, choose the option Update System Software and thereon follow the instructions. With this, you will receive the best experience.

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Solution 5: Optimizing Internet Connection

If the issue of PS4 running slow and freezing does not resolve yet then move on towards this last solution that can be the cause of slowing of PS4 

In order to perform the solution, you have to follow the tips then the steps below.

  • Tip 1: Using a Wi-Fi signal is the best to remove the chance of a weak internet connection and if you move your console towards the router then it will provide better results.
  • Tip 2: If possible, use Ethernet connections over Wi-Fi.
  • Tip 3: Opt for a faster DNS (Domain Name System)

Now, move on towards the steps to start the solution.

Step 1: Try to download and run Google’s Namebench on any system. (Keep in mind to avoid any other ongoing download as it can worsen the result.) It will provide you a list of available nameservers. You need to opt for the ones that are faster as compared to others.

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Step 2: Navigate to Network, then go to the setup internet connection and choose the option Use Wi-Fi or Use a LAN Cable that is dependent on which platform you are using Wi-Fi or ethernet cable.

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Step 3: Now, select Custom > Automatic > Do Not Specify > Manual

Step 4: Type the numbers in the respective order that the Namebench application gives to you and then choose Automatic and later on Do Not Use.

Keynote: As the connection to nameservers varies over time so you might need to do the same process again.

Wrapping Up!

We hope that the article solves all your queries related to PS4 running slow and you are having the best experience with your gaming consoles. If you find this article relevant then tell us in the comment section and if you still have any queries then also let us know, we at Playstation edge will surely feel pleasure in solving all your queries.

Well, if somehow all the solutions would not work and the PS4 lag does not disappear or still showing then it would be better to contact the technician of this field who has the best knowledge to recover your gaming console.

FAQ related to a PS4 Running Slow

Why does my PS4 run so slow?

The reasons are given below.

  • Poor ventilation
  • Clogged cache
  • Slow internet connection
  • Full or faulty hard disk drive
  • Firmware issues and bugs
  • Cluttered database

How do I fix the lag on my PS4? 

  • You need to first verify your hard drive to know about the issues.
  • Rebuild PS4’s database
  • Firmware Update
  • Optimizing Internet Connection
  • Clear hard drive space and replace it with the new one

Can dust make PS4 slow?

Yes, dust creates hindrances in the cooling of the CPU, and this subsequently makes PS4 hot which results in the slow running of PS4. 

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