How To Fix PS4 Won’t Install Update Error in 2024

If your PS4 won't update, there are several things you can try to get things working again.

PS4 won’t install new system software updates? PS4 updating helps to fix bugs, add new features, and give privileges to security updates as well. You can use your PS4 console as soon as it arrives, but you will need to update the software to fix known issues and add new features.

There could be various reasons that stop PS4 from updating system software and games which might include PS4 software blocking updates, unknown software glitches, or internet connection. Here we have explained all the fixes that you can apply by yourself easily and quickly to sort out these issues.

How To Fix PS4 Won’t Install Update Error?

Fixing PS4 problems is easy. You don’t need to apply all these fixes at a time, just find the best one that suits you.

Fix 1. Manually Install the Update

When you get an error while automatically downloading or it shows an error while updating system software and games, you can manually install the updates. If you check for and install updates manually, make sure not to unplug or turn off the PS4 while it’s busy updating.

Here’s how you can go for this fix:

  • Using the PS4 controller, select “Settings.”
  • Select “System Software Update.”
  • Select “Update Now.”
update system software updates on PS4
  • If there are updates available, select “Next” and wait for the download to complete. When it’s done, it’ll display the license agreement
  • Select “Accept.”

The update should now install on its own. Your PS4 may restart at least once during the update

Fix 2. Delete Notifications:

Gamers also that notification glitches may block the updates that are going to be installed. To update system software and games without any glitches or errors, you need to follow this fix. Here’s how you can apply this:

  • Select Notifications
  • Press the Options button on your controller
  • In the menu, select Delete
Delete Notification on PS4
  • Choose Select All
  • Select Delete

Once you’ve deleted all the notifications, try to manually install the update again

Fix 3. Install an update via Safe Mode

You can also update system software and games via safe mode. You can try this fix to overcome glitches and errors that occur while updating software.

Here’s how you can apply this fix:

  • Turn the PS4 off completely
  • Once the console is fully off, press and hold the Power button on the PS4 front panel until you hear two beeps
  • Release the Power button after the second beep, which should occur about seven seconds after the first beep
  • Connect your controller to the console using a USB cable then press the PlayStation button
  • In the Safe Mode menu, choose Option 3 [Update System Software]
Install PS4 update via Safe Mode

Now check by updating the software. If this fix does not even work then try the next fix below.

Fix 4. Force to Update

To update system software and games without any glitches you can apply this fix by doing a force update via free item. Here’s how you can perform this fix:

  • Open a web browser > head over to the PS Store and get a free item (maybe a free theme)
  • Select the option Download to my PS4
  • Your console will then wake up and this will force it to check for the latest updates

Now check if the PS4 installs updates.