If you're experiencing issues with your PS4, the "initialize PS4" option in the settings may be one of the troubleshooting steps you can take to try and resolve the problem.
However, before proceeding with this process, it's important to understand exactly what initializing your PS4 does and the potential consequences it may have.
In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of initializing a PS4, including what it does, when necessary, and what you should consider before taking this drastic step.
What does initialize PS4 do?
Initializing a PS4 essentially erases all data and settings on the console, returning it to its factory settings. This means all user accounts, saved games, downloaded games, and any other data stored on the console will be deleted.
Typically, initializing a PS4 is done as a troubleshooting step to try and fix issues that cannot be resolved through other means. It can also be done when selling or giving away the console to ensure that all personal data is removed.
It's important to note that initializing a PS4 should only be done as a last resort, as it will permanently delete all data on the console. It's always best to try other troubleshooting steps first or back up important data before initializing.
If I initialize my PS4 will I lose my account?
No, initializing your PS4 will not delete your PlayStation Network account. Your PSN account is stored on Sony's servers, not on your console. So, even if you initialize your PS4, you will still be able to access your PSN account.
However, it's important to note that initializing your PS4 will remove the console's association with your PSN account, which means that you will need to sign in to your account again if you use the console in the future.
Any games, apps, or DLCs that you have purchased with your PSN account will need to be downloaded again on the console after you sign in.
How to initialize your PS4
If you do decide to initialize your PS4, follow the steps below carefully and be prepared for the console to be restored to its factory settings.
To initialize your PS4, select Settings > Initialization > Initialize PS4, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
It is crucial to avoid turning off your PS4 system during initialization as doing so may cause damage to your console.
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