How do I use my phone as a USB storage on PS4?

Answered by Tom Adger

To use your phone as a USB storage on your PS4, you will need to follow a few steps. Please note that this method may vary depending on the type of phone you have, so it’s best to refer to your phone’s manual or support website for specific instructions.

1. Check phone compatibility: First, ensure that your phone supports USB OTG (On-The-Go) functionality. This feature allows your phone to act as a USB host and connect to other devices like your PS4. Most modern Android phones support this feature, but it’s always good to double-check.

2. Get a USB OTG cable: Next, you’ll need to purchase a USB OTG cable if you don’t already have one. This cable has a micro USB or USB-C connector on one end (depending on your phone) and a full-sized USB connector on the other end. You can find these cables online or at electronics stores.

3. Connect your phone to PS4: Once you have the USB OTG cable, connect one end to your phone and the other end to one of the USB ports on your PS4. Your phone should recognize the connection and may prompt you to choose a USB mode (e.g., charging, file transfer). Select the file transfer mode or similar option.

4. Access your phone’s storage on PS4: On your PS4, go to the main menu and navigate to the “Settings” tab. Scroll down and select “Devices,” then choose “USB Storage Devices.” Your phone’s storage should be listed here. Select it, and you should be able to access all the files on your phone’s internal storage or SD card.

5. Transfer files: You can now transfer files between your phone and PS4. For example, you can copy music, videos, or images from your phone to the PS4 for playback. Simply select the files you want to transfer and choose the “Copy” or “Move” option. You can also create folders on your phone’s storage to better organize your files.

6. Safely eject your phone: After you’ve finished transferring files or using your phone as a USB storage device, it’s essential to safely eject your phone from the PS4. Go back to the “Settings” tab on your PS4 and select “Devices,” then choose “USB Storage Devices.” Find your phone’s storage and select the “Stop Using This Extended Storage” option. Wait for the confirmation message before disconnecting your phone.

It’s important to note that not all file types may be compatible with the PS4. The console primarily supports media files such as music (MP3, AAC), images (JPEG, PNG), and videos (MP4, MKV). Additionally, some files may require specific codecs or formats to be playable on the PS4.

Using your phone as a USB storage on the PS4 can be useful for backing up game saves, transferring media files, or even installing system updates if needed. It provides an additional storage option and convenience for managing your files.