How to control your PS4 from your PS5

PS5 Remote Play allows you to control your PS4 from your PS5 if you’ve ever wanted to.

Those who own a PS5 system can easily operate their PS4 using Sony’s newest technology. You may wonder why someone would want to access their PS4 through their PS5, but there are a lot of reasons.

As a parent, you may wish to control games and applications on your child’s PS4, or you may simply like to manage your own PS4 collection without having to fully boot the system. Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to still have Silent Hills: P.T. downloaded on your computer and would like to play it on your PS5?

How to control your PS4 from your PS5

Regardless of the reason, it is vital to know how to access your PS4 console with your PS5. Thus, we have compiled this step-by-step explanation on how to use Remote Play to control your PS4 from your PS5.


Remote Play allows you to transmit your PS4 to your PS5, allowing you to control your PS4 console from your slick PS5. Accessing Remote Play is quite simple, but there are a few important points to consider first.

Both a PS4 and PS5 must be connected to the same wireless network and have the most recent version of system software loaded, as well as a PlayStation Network account. Moreover, a DualSense PS5 controller or DualShock 4 controller is required.

However, the most crucial prerequisite for using Remote Play is a reliable internet connection. Sony suggests a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps; for optimal performance, Sony suggests 15 Mbps or higher. You cannot utilise your PS4 when Remote Playing to it from your PS5, but it must be on or in Rest Mode (which we recommend).


Set up your PS4
Before using PS5 Remote Play to access your PS4, you’re going to need to set up your PS4 and enable Remote Play on the console. Here’s how:

  • Turn on your PS4 and sign into your PSN account
  • From the home screen go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Remote Play Connection Settings’
  • Select ‘Enable Remote Play’ and select to toggle Remote Play on (the toggle should be on the right-hand side when it’s enabled)
  • Next, go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Account Management’
  • Select ‘Activate as Your Primary PS4’ and then select ‘Activate’ (it’s worth noting you can only enable this on one PS4 console for each account)
  • To allow for Remote Play in Rest Mode, select  ‘Settings’, ‘Power Save Settings’ and then ‘Set Features Available in Rest Mode’.
  • From here, select the checkboxes for ‘Stay Connected to the Internet’ and ‘Enable Turning on PS4 from Network’

Remote Play through PS5
After those steps, either leave your PS4 on or in Rest Mode (we recommend the latter). Then take the following steps to access your PS4 from your PS5:

  • Turn on your PS5 and log into the account you wish to access games from
  • On your PS5, go to ‘Settings’, ‘System’ and then ‘Remote Play’
  • Select ‘Enable Remote Play’ and select to toggle Remote Play on (the toggle should be on the right-hand side when it’s enabled)
  • Go to your Games menu and select the ‘Remote Play’ app
  • Click ‘Start’ on the following screen and then choose ‘PS4’ when asked which device to connect to
  • Your PS5 should then automatically find your PS4 console and allow you to see your PS4 screen
  • To disconnect from Remote Play, press the PS button on your DualSense controller to bring up the controller center, then select the Remote Play card and select ‘Close Remote Play’

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