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If you've ever experienced PS4 glitching or freezing, you can follow the steps below to access PlayStation 4 Safe Mode and attempt to fix it using the Rebuild Database function.

Note: Unless you are experiencing issues with the PlayStation 4, Sony does not recommend using the options in PS4 Safe Mode as some could result in loss of data.

Starting the PS4 in Safe Mode
  • Turn off the PlayStation 4 by pressing the power button on the front panel. The power indicator will blink for a few moments before turning off.
  • Once the PlayStation 4 is off, press and hold the power button. Release it after you've heard two beeps: one when you initially press, and another 7 seconds later.
  • Connect the DualShock 4 controller with the provided USB cable and press the PS button on the controller.
Safe Mode Options

The following options are available in Safe Mode:

1. Restart System - Ends Safe Mode and restarts the PlayStation 4 normally.

2. Change Resolution - Changes the screen resolution to 480p when the PlayStation 4 is restarted.

3. Update System Software - Allows the PlayStation 4 to update the system software via Internet, USB Drive, or Disc.

4. Restore Default Settings - Restores the PlayStation 4 to the default factory settings.

5. Rebuild Database - Scans the drive and creates a new database of all content. This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items.

6. Initialize PS4 - IMPORTANT: All data and settings will be lost by performing this step. Deletes all user data and restores the PS4 as if it just came out of the box. This option is the same as [Initialize PS4 ] in the (Settings) menu. System software (firmware) is not deleted.

7. Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) - IMPORTANT: Deletes all information on the HDD, including the System Software. Click here to download the reinstallation version of PS4 system software.

:idea: It's recommended to select option (5) Rebuild Database to scan your PlayStation 4 hard drive and create a new database of all content in attempt to fix PS4 glitching or freezing issues.

Below is a simple How To Fix Stuttering/Freezing On A PS4 video walkthrough guide / tutorial from GmiasWorld to follow:

Reinstalling System Software | PS4
If you have any related questions, feel free to ask in the comments below! :cool:
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