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Follow this guide to add expandable SSD storage to your PlayStation 5.

Before starting this guide, make sure that your M. 2 blade SSD is compatible with Sony’s specifications. The SSD blade seen in the photos is not suitable for the expandable storage slot in the PlayStation 5.

Also, make sure that you have updated your PlayStation has been updated with the latest system software.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your console. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the console.

  1. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the stand screw: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its vertical orientation, flip it upside down so the stand is facing up.

    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, skip to Step 6.

    • Work on a flat surface to prevent your PlayStation from falling over.

    • Use a coin or a flathead screwdriver to remove the 26.5 mm-long stand screw.

  2. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the vertical stand: step 2, image 1 of 2 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the vertical stand: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Lift straight up to remove the stand.

  3. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Store the stand screw: step 3, image 1 of 2 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Store the stand screw: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the screw into the cubby on the bottom of the stand.

  4. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: step 4, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: step 4, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Cap the screw hole: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingernail to remove the cap from the cubby.

    • Use your finger to press the cap into the screw hole.

  5. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: step 5, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: step 5, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Close the cubby: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby.

  6. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the horizontal stand: step 6, image 1 of 2 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the horizontal stand: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, rest it on its face with the charing port facing up.

    • Lift the stand straight up to remove it.

  7. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: step 7, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: step 7, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the right faceplate: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Flip the device over so that the USB and ethernet ports are on the left side from your perspective.

    • Lift up the corner of the faceplate to unclip it from the case.

  8. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5: step 8, image 1 of 2 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • While lifting up the corner, slide the faceplate towards the bottom of the device.

    • Remove the right faceplate.

  9. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD cover screw: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 17 mm-long SSD cover screw.

  10. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD cover: step 10, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD cover: step 10, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD cover: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Use your finger to slide the SSD cover towards the top of the device to unclip it from the case.

    • Remove the SSD cover.

  11. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Remove the SSD screw: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 11 mm-long SSD screw.

  12. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Move the spacer: step 12, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Move the spacer: step 12, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Move the spacer: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Use a pair of tweezers to lift and move the spacer to the appropriate slot for your chosen M.2 SSD.

    • Do not attempt to install the SSD without the spacer in the proper location.

  13. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Insert the SSD: step 13, image 1 of 2 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Insert the SSD: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • If your SSD will benefit from a heat sink, follow this guide to install one.

    • Insert your SSD at a shallow angle into the M.2 socket.

    • Both the SSD and M.2 socket are keyed, which means the SSD only fits one way into the socket.

    • It is normal for the SSD to rest at an angle once it has been inserted into the M.2 socket.

  14. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Secure the SSD to the motherboard: step 14, image 1 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Secure the SSD to the motherboard: step 14, image 2 of 3 How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5, Secure the SSD to the motherboard: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Use your finger to press the SSD down until the end sits atop the spacer.

    • With the SSD on the spacer, insert the SSD screw through the spacer and screw it into place, securing the end of the SSD.

  15. How to Upgrade the Expandable Storage in a PlayStation 5: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the 11 mm-long screw to the end of the SSD.

    • Do not overtighten this screw. Doing so may damage the SSD.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.
Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our PlayStation 5 Answers community for help.

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