Gamers are just realizing PS5 ‘mode trick’ saves you so much time – and fixes one of console’s worst problems

One of the worst PS5 problems is logging in to play – and then being confronted with updates.

There is a very simple way to avoid this sad situation.

The right PS5 settings can make all the difference


The right PS5 settings can make all the differencePhoto credit: Sony PlayStation

You can set up your console to install updates even when you’re not on site.

These are three different PS5 settings.

The first is to make sure you have automatic updates set up for your PlayStation software.

The second step is to make sure that your video games have it enabled as well.

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Finally, you want to enable sleep mode so that you can put your Sony console into a “ready” standby mode.

Some of these settings are defaults, but if you’ve owned a PS5 for a while, chances are you’ve changed them.

Turn on automatic updates

First, go to Settings > System > System software update and settings.

Here you can ensure that your PS5 automatically installs important system software updates.

That way, you don’t have to turn on your PS5 and find out that you’re running a completely outdated version that takes forever to patch.

Next, go to Settings > Saved Data and Game Settings.

There you can select automatic updates for your video games.

This is important because popular – and especially multiplayer – titles often receive software updates after their release.

Activate the silent mode

The other piece of this puzzle is the rest mode.

This means your PS5 can keep going even when it’s turned off.

It will use more power than if it were completely off – but the difference in your bills won’t be huge.

Sleep mode has a few advantages: you can still charge your DualSense controller via a cable, for example.

However, it also means that your PS5 will download updates while it is in sleep mode.

Likewise, the PlayStation app lets you schedule game downloads remotely – and they’ll install while you’re asleep.

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You can set all of this up by going to Settings > System > Power Saving > Features > Available in Rest Mode.

Then, the next time you turn off your PS5, select the “Sleep Mode” option.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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