Updates are an important part of keeping your PS4 in working order. They include bug fixes, new features, security updates, and more. In short, you should make sure your console always installs the latest system updates.

Usually, this happens automatically, but sometimes glitches can prevent that from happening.

If your PS4 won’t update, here’s how to fix the issue.

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How to make sure your PS4 updates

Manually install the update

If your PS4 won’t install an update automatically, you may be able to force the update to install manually.

Ideally, that'll also break the cycle of auto-updates not working, and future system updates will install automatically as intended.

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Foto: You can try to install an update manually from the Settings menu.sourceDave Johnson/Business Insider

For details on how to install an update manually, see the second part of the article, "How to update your PS4 console in 2 different ways, to access its latest features and security improvements."

Delete notifications first

Some users have reported that the simple act of deleting your upload and download notifications can allow a glitching update to succeed.

1. Select "Notifications."

2. Press the Options button on your controller.

3. In the menu, select "Delete."

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Foto: Deleting all notifications can sometimes allow an update to proceed.sourceDave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Choose "Select All."

5. Select "Delete."

6. After deleting all the notifications, try to manually install the update again.

Install the update in Safe Mode

If those steps don't work, you can restart your PS4 in Safe Mode, and try the update from there.

Safe Mode, like on a PC, starts your PS4 in a configuration that loads only the most basic features, which can often bypass corrupted software that's preventing features like system updates from working.

1. Turn the PS4 off completely.

2. When it's fully shut down, press and hold down the power button on the front of the console until it beeps twice.

3. Release it after the second beep, which should occur about seven seconds after the first beep.

4. Connect the controller using its USB cable and press the PS button.

5. In the Safe Mode menu, choose option three, "Update System Software."

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Foto: If no other troubleshooting steps work, restart your PS4 in Safe Mode and try the update from there.sourceDave Johnson/Business Insider

If your PS4 refuses to install the update even in Safe Mode, you should contact Sony support for additional assistance.

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