How to fix Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE crashing and freezing issues

When using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you may encounter fatal errors that cause the tablet to crashed and/or freeze.

You can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can fix these issues with the Galaxy Tab S7 FE.

Closing Apps

If possible, we recommend closing any apps you have running on your tablet.

The crashing could be related to a single app or a combination of apps, including those that run in the background, that could cause conflicts with the software.

If you are unsure which app could be causing your tablet to freeze, then we suggest closing all the apps running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE. You can then re-enable one app at the time to see if the tablet is functioning properly.

If you managed to identify the problematic app, then we recommend either uninstalling it or disabling it until it gets a new updated software version that addresses the crashing issues. You can disable or uninstall an app by tapping and holding its icon.

How to reset a frozen or crashed Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

If closing an app, or a combination of apps, did not resolve the freezing issues with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, then you can try resetting the device.

To reset a frozen or crashed Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you can try taking the following steps:

1. If you can still use your touchscreen, open the notification panel by dragging down the status bar located at the top of the screen. Here, you should find the power button.

Select the power button and then either the “power off” option to shut down the device or the “Restart” option to reset the device.

2. If the Galaxy Tab S7 FE isn’t responding to your touchscreen commands, then you can force a restart by pressing and holding both the Side key and the Volume Down key on the side of the tablet simultaneously for at least 7 second.

After resetting the device, test it out to see if it is functioning normally again.

How to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

If you are still encountering fatal errors with your Galaxy Tab S7 FE, then you may want to consider doing a factory data reset.

Keep in mind that this process will delete all the saved data you have on the tablet. So, you may want to backup any important files, as well as passwords, you have stored in the internal memory.

To factory reset the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you need to do the following:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. In the Settings app, tap General management.

3. Afterwards, tap the Reset option.

4. Next, tap Factory data reset.

5. Tap Reset.

6. Finally, tap Delete all.

If none of the aforementioned fixes work, then there is a chance that your tablet could be suffering from a hardware-related issue.

If you believed that your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE needs to be repaired, then you need to contact a Samsung Service Center.

How to fix Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE touchscreen issues

When using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you may encounter issues with the touchscreen.

If you are experiencing problems with the screen responding slowly or improperly to your commands, then you can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech.

How to fix the slow, inaccurate or unresponsive Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE touchscreen

To fix the issues you have with the touchscreen of your tablet, you can try doing the following:

1. Your problems may be related to the app, or apps, you are using on the tablet. Therefore, we recommend closing any active app or apps to see if this fixes the touchscreen errors.

2. You can also try restarting the tablet to help clear out any software glitches.

To reset Galaxy Tab S7 FE, open the notification panel by dragging the status bar on top of the screen down and then swipe downwards. Tap the power button and then the Restart option.

If you can’t reset due to the malfunctioning touchscreen, press and hold both the Side key and Volume Down key for at least 7 seconds to force a restart.

3. If you are playing a game on your tablet, then you may have enabled Touch Protection, which will lock the touchscreen during gameplay.

You can disable this feature in the Game Booster panel of the navigation bar.

4. Furthermore, make sure that the firmware for your phone, as well as the software versions of the apps and games you are using, are up to date.

5. If you are experiencing touchscreen issues while recharging and using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE at the same time, then your problems could be related to an unstable power supply.

To fix this, try to unplug the charger from the device and then test to see if the touchscreen is functioning normally again.

6. The touchscreen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE may not work properly if you put a screen protector on top of it.

Therefore, you may want to consider removing the screen protector to see if this will help.

7. Magnets may also cause the touchscreen of the tablet to malfunctioning, especially if you are using S Pen.

So, if you have a magnet, or any magnetic device nearby, you can try moving to the tablet to a different location.

8. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE touchscreen may also be too scratched or damaged to properly function.

If you suspect that the touchscreen is damaged to the point where it is not working as intended, you need to go to a Samsung Service Centre.

How to avoid damaging the Galaxy Tab S7 FE touchscreen

To avoid damaging the touchscreen of the tablet, you can take the following precautions:

1. Avoid using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE in extremely humid conditions.

2. You should also avoid the tablet from being exposed to any significant amount of water.

3. Prevent your tablet from overheating.

You can check out this guide to see how to fix and prevent the Galaxy Tab S7 FE from getting too hot.

4. Clean your hands before using the touchscreen.

5. Avoid wearing gloves when using the touchscreen.

6. You should also avoid using any sharp objects on the screen as you may end up damaging it.

If you have sharp nails, makes sure you are gently press down on the screen.

7. Get a protective case that will protect the screen, as well as the entire tablet, from drops, bumps and other damages.

How to fix Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE overheating issues

When using the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you may run into several overheating issues. If you believe that you device is getting overly hot, then you can follow this guide at Seeking Tech to find some potential fixes.

How to fix overheating issues when recharging Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Your Galaxy Tab S7 FE may feel hotter when you are recharging the tablet. For the most part, this is considered to be normal. However, there may be instances where the tablet may actually be overheating, causing the recharging process to slow down or come to a halt.

If you are experiencing a slow recharge or no charge at all along with a hot Galaxy Tab S7 FE, you can try doing to the following:

1. Remove the charger from the tablet and then wait for the tablet to cool down before recharging it again. If you are using an app, or multiple apps, you can try closing the apps to cool the device down faster.

2. If you are using a wireless charger, make sure that there aren’t any objects in between the Galaxy Tab S7 FE and the charger.

3. There is a chance that the USB cable you are using to charge your tablet could be damaged. So, you might also want to try using a new cable to see if your device is still overheating.

How to fix Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE overheating issues during normal use

Some apps and features of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE may cause your tablet to heat up due to the demanding power consumption.

To fix this problem, you can try the following:

1. Close any apps you currently aren’t using. These should include apps that run passively in the background.

Furthermore, some apps may conflict with each other, causing the tablet to overheat and potentially other issues. So, you may have to test out what apps or combination of apps, may be problematic.

To close all the apps, you can try resetting the tablet.

2. Turn off features such as Bluetooth, GPS or Wi-Fi when they are not in use.

3. Lower the brightness level of the screen.

4. Keep the firmware of your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE updated to the latest version.

5. Make sure that the apps you are using are updated to the latest software version.

How to prevent your Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE from overheating

In order to prevent your Galaxy Tab S7 FE from overheating, you can try doing the following:

1. Avoid multitasking, if possible, as having multiple apps active will consume a lot of power and potentially cause conflicts.

2. Avoid using the tablet in an extremely cold or extremely hot environment.

3. Make sure that the Galaxy Tab S7 FE is not expose to direct sunlight for any extended length or other scenarios that could cause heat to build up, such as inside a car with closed windows during a hot day.

What happens when the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE overheats?

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE gets too hot when you are using the tablet, you will first get a warning message that states that the device could fail, cause skin damage, cause skin irritations and cause battery leakage.

The tablet will then close all running apps, lower the brightness level of the screen, lower the performance speed, stop the battery recharge process if you are recharging the device and limit most features (with the exception of emergency calls).

If the heat for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is still rising after getting the first warning message, you will get a second message stat that it will shut the device down until the temperature drops to more appropriate operating level. If you happened to be on an emergency call, this procedure will not disconnect your call.

If you are still experiencing overheating issues, then you should try contacting Samsung to see if the issues may be related to the hardware of the Galaxy Tab S7 FE.

Where to find free games in the PlayStation Store of PS5

The PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition have plenty of free-to-play games. If you are having a hard time finding a list of free PS5 games that are currently available in the PlayStation Store, then you can check out this step-by-step tutorial from Seeking Tech.

1. The first step is to get to the Home Screen of the PlayStation 5.

For the uninformed, the Home Screen is the main menu were to can pick which game to open or go to the PlayStation Store.

If you are currently playing a game or using an app, you can get to the Home Screen by pressing and holding the PS button on your DualSense controller.

2. From the Home Screen, you need to head to the PlayStation Store. You can do so by selecting the blue shopping bag icon with the X button on the DualSense controller. The blue shopping bag icon is to the left of the “Explore” icon and the icons for games that you have installed on the consoles.

3. Inside the PlayStation Store, you can use the R1 and L1 buttons on the controller to navigate over the to “Browse” tab.

4. On the “Browse” tab, you need to select the “Sort and Filter” icon.

This icon looks like a combination of a down-pointing arrow with three horizontal parallel lines. It is located to the left of the game icons in the tab.

5. In the “Sort and Filter” pop-up menu, you need to select the “Price” option.

6. In the next menu, select the “Free” option.

7. Press the O button on your controller two times to back out of the Sort and Filter” pop-up menu and in to the “Browse” tab.

You should see a list of videogames that are free-to-play or free-to-start.

8. To make the list of free games easier to read, you can use the “Sort by” option from the aforementioned “Sort and Filter” pop-up menu. You will be able to sort the listing based on the following:

  • Best Selling
  • Most Downloaded
  • Name (A – Z)
  • Name (Z – A)
  • Release Date (Old – New)
  • Release Date (New – Old)
  • Price (Low – High)
  • Price (High – Low)

You can also filter the PlayStation 5 free games list with the following filter options:

Genre:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Arcade
  • Role-Playing Games
  • Shooter
  • Puzzle
  • Casual
  • Strategy
  • Simulation
  • Sport
  • Fighting
  • Casual
  • Family
  • Unique
  • Driving/Racing
  • Horror
  • Fighting
  • Party
  • Music/Rhythm
  • Brain Training
  • Simulator
  • Educational
  • Fitness
  • Adult
  • Quiz

Platform:

  • PS4
  • PS5

Release Date:

  • Just Released

PlayStation VR:

  • No VR
  • VR Required
  • VR Optional

Age Rating:

  • Early Childhood
  • Everyone
  • Everyone 10+
  • Teen
  • Mature

9. To download a free game on the PlayStation 5, select the game to go to the game’s page on the PlayStation Store. Inside the game’s page, you should see the Download option.

How to install Patriot Viper VP4300 to PS5

The Patriot Viper VP4300 is a M.2 2280 solid state drive that uses a PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe and has a maximum sequential reading speed of up to 7,400 MB per second. These specifications mean that the VP4300 is compatible with the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

If you want to install this SSD to the PS5, then you can take a look at this step-by-step tutorial from Seeking Tech.

This guide will cover the following capacities:

  • 1 TB Viper VP4300 M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (VP4300-1TBM28H)
  • 2 TB Viper VP4300 M.2 2280 Solid State Drive (VP4300-2TBM28H)

Installing the graphene and aluminum heatshields to VP4300

If you haven’t done so already, you need to install the included graphene and aluminum heatshields to VP4300. You can find the instructions, with images, for installing the two heatshields in the quick start guide of the SSD.

Sony recommend you use a heatsink with a M.2 solid state drive as excessive heat could cause issues with the SSD and the PlayStation 5 system.

So, while you can still use the VP4300 with the PS5, with one or even none of its heatshield add-ons, we highly recommend using both to optimize the heat dissipation.

Moving important data off of VP4300

The Patriot Viper VP4300 will need to be formatted for use with the PlayStation 5. Formatting the SSD will remove all of the previous data off of the drive.

So, if you have important files stored on the VP4300 that you can’t afford to lose, then you should connect the SSD to a computer first and then moved over the files to another drive before installing it to the PlayStation 5.

Upgrading to latest PlayStation 5 firmware

The Viper VP4300, as well as other compatible M.2 solid state drives, does not work with the PlayStation 5 without the latest firmware update.

Therefore, we recommend you update to the newest firmware available of your PS5 system. You can trigger a prompt for an update, if there is a new version available, when you turn on your PlayStation 5 while it is connected to the internet.

You can also manually update the firmware by doing the following:

1. Go to the Home Screen menu on the PlayStation 5. This is the main system menu where you can select a game to launch as well as perform other tasks.

If you are currently playing or game or using an app on the PS5, you can get to the Home Screen quickly by pressing and holding the PS button on the DualSense controller.

2. In the Home Screen, you need to go to Settings, which you can find in the upper right corner of the menu in between the Search option and your profile picture.

3. Inside the Settings menu, you need to go to System.

4. Once you are in the System menu, select the System Software option from the list of the left side.

5. On the right portion of the same System menu, you then need to select the System Software Update and Settings option.

6. Inside the System Software Update and Settings menu, select Update System Software.

7. In the Update System Software, you can choose to update over the internet or with an USB drive.

How to install VP4300 to PS5

The next step is to physically install the Patriot Viper VP4300 into the PlayStation 5.

In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

1. Turn off your PlayStation 5 and make sure it is not displaying any lights.

2. Unplug any cables that are currently attached to the PS5 system.

3. If you have the stand installed, make sure you remove it as well.

4. Next up, you need to lay your system down on a flat surface with the side with the PS logo being the bottom. The base of the system, which has all the trademark logos as well as the screw hole for the stand, should be facing you.

5. From your point of view, grab the upper right corner of the outer cover. Gently pull the outer cover upwards and the pull it towards you.

If done correctly, you should be able to remove the outer cover, which will give you access to the M.2 slot of the PlayStation 5.

6. Locate the metal M.2 slot cover, which is a long rectangle. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the screw keeping the cover locked in and then remove the cover.

7. Inside the M.2 slot, use your screwdriver again to remove the screw and spacer you find inside.

8. Place the removed spacer into the 80 screw hole of the M.2 slot.

8. Now it is time to insert your Viper VP4300.

Make sure that the connector of your solid state drive is correctly aligned with the M.2 connector of the PlayStation 5.

You can then insert the Viper VP4300 into the M.2 connector of the PS5 from a diagonally upwards position.

9. Afterwards, push down on the other end of the VP4300 and then use a screw on the screw hole to hold the SSD down.

10. After installing the VP4300, you need to put the metal M.2 slot cover back on and secure it with the same screw you previously removed.

11. Slide the outer cover of the PlayStation 5 system right back into place.

How to format VP4300 for PS5

Fortunately, formatting the VP4300 for the PlayStation 5 is a lot less complicated.

To format, you need to do the following:

1. With the Patriot Viper VP4300 installed inside, reconnect the power and HDMI cables you previously unplugged to the PS5.

2. Turn on your PlayStation 5 system.

3. You should get a message about the M.2 SSD Storage.

In this message, you first need to press the PS button on your DualSense to use the controller.

You then need to select the Format M.2 SSD option to start the formatting.

4. After your VP4300 have been formatted, you will see another message that will show off the sequential read speed of your storage drive on the PlayStation 5.

Select the OK option here to continue to the Home Screen.

Where to find VP4300 in the PS5 menu

If you want to find where your newly installed VP4300 is located in the menu of the PlayStation 5, you need to take the following steps:

1. From the Home Screen, you need to go into Settings.

2. Once you are in the Settings menu, select the Storage option.

3. From the Storage menu, select the M.2 SSD Storage from the left side.

4. On the right side from the same Storage menu, you will find information about your VP4300.

In the same Storage menu, you can also reformat your M.2 solid state drive as well as move content between the different storage types available.

How to install P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus and 980 Pro to PS5

The Crucial P5 Plus, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Samsung 980 Pro meet the PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe interface and 5,500 MB per second (or faster) sequential read speed requirements of the PlayStation 5.

If you want to mount any of these supported solid state drives to the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition, then you can follow this step-by-step tutorial at Seeking Tech.

Before we begin, we would like to note that this guide will be covering the following PS5-compatible capacities:

  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro (MZ-V8P250B)
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro (MZ-V8P500B)
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro (MZ-V8P1T0B)
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro (MZ-V8P2T0B)
  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus (CT500P5PSSD8)
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus (CT1000P5PSSD8)
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus (CT2000P5PSSD8)
  • 1 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (SB-RKT4P-1TB)
  • 2 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (SB-RKT4P-2TB)
  • 4 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (SB-RKT4P-4TB)

About PS5 Formatting

Before we start the installation process, you need to make sure that you don’t have any important files stored on the Crucial P5 Plus, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus or Samsung 980 Pro SSD you are planning to use.

This is because the formatting these storage drives for the PlayStation 5 will erase all existing data. So, if you have important files stored on the SSD, make sure you copy it to another location before installing the solid state drive to the PS5.

Heat Sink Recommendation

Sony also recommends using a heat sink. The Crucial P5 Plus, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Samsung 980 Pro do not come with a built-in heat sink.

While you can use these SSDs on the PS5 without something to dissipate heat, you may run into performance and/or hardware issues if the storage drive get too hot. So, it is best to just put your drive in a heat sink before installing it on to a PlayStation 5.

When combined with a heat sink, your Crucial P5 Plus, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus or Samsung 980 Pro should be no longer than 4.33 inches (110 mm) and no wider 0.984 inch (or 25 mm).

The total height of the solid state drive, with a heat sink, should also be less than 0.442 inch (or 11.25 mm). Furthermore, there must be less than 0.096 inch (2.45 or mm) of space underneath the SSD as well as less than 0.314 inch (or 8 mm) of space above the SSD.

If you are looking for a heat sink, then you recommend getting the be quiet! MC1 M.2 SSD Cooler, which you can find on Amazon with this link. (#CommissionsEarned).

You can check out this video guide to see how you can install the be quiet! MC1 M.2 SSD Cooler.

If you are looking for a PS5 compatible M.2 SSD that already comes with a built-in heat sink, then you should check out the FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S.

Firmware Requirement

One last requirement is that your PlayStation 5 needs to be updated to the latest firmware as M.2 SSD support was only added recently.

If you enable automatic login to the PlayStation Network, you should get a notification to update to the latest firmware, if there is a new version available, when you turn on your PS5 system.

You can also manually update by doing the following:

1. Turn on the PlayStation 5 and go to the Home Screen, which is the main system menu where you can select which game to play and perform other tasks.

If you are inside of a game or app, you can get to the Home Screen by pressing and holding the PS button on the DualSense controller.

2. From the Home Screen, head into Settings.

You will find Settings, which has the gear icon, on the upper right corner of the Home Screen.

3. Inside the Settings menu, select System.

4. In the System menu, select System Software from the options available on the left side.

5. In the same System menu, select System Software Update and Settings on the right side.

6. In the System Software Update and Settings menu, select the Update System Software option.

You can then choose to update over the internet or through the USB drive.

How to install P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus and 980 Pro to PS5

Once you are done preparing your solid state drive and PS5, you can now begin to install your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro to the game console.

To do so, need to take the following steps:

1. If you haven’t done so already, turn off the console.

2. When the PS5 console is no longer displaying any lights, unplug any cables you have attached to it.

3. You should also remove the stand if you have it attached to the console.

4. Next up, you need to lay the console down so that the side with the PS logo in underneath. The bottom part of the system, which has logos and the screw hole to attach the stand to, should be facing you.

5. From your view point, grab the upper right corner of the white outer cover. Lift it up and then pull it towards your direction to detach the outer cover.

6. You should now be able to locate the rectangular M.2 slot cover. Use a cross-head screwdriver to remove the screw holding the slot cover in place and then remove the cover to expose the M.2 slot.

7. Inside the M.2 slot, unscrew the screw and spacer.

8. Place the same aforementioned spacer into the 80 screw hole of the M.2 slot.

8. You are now able to insert your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro with the heat sink attached.

Make sure that the connectors of your SSD and the M.2 slot are aligned correctly and then insert the drive. You should insert the drive diagonally with the opposite end of the SSD pointing upwards.

9. Once you are done inserting the drive, hold the opposite end of your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro down and then screw it into the screw hole to keep the storage drive from popping up again. You can use the same screw that you remove before in the M.2 slot.

10. With your solid state drive firmly connected and attached to the PS5, you can then put the cover of the M.2 slot back on and screw the cover tight.

11. Afterwards, slide the white outer cover of your PS5 system back into place.

How to format P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus and 980 Pro for PS5

Now that you connected your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro to the M.2 slot of your PlayStation 5 console, you can then move on to formatting the solid state drive.

To do so, you need to do the following:

1. If you haven’t done so already, plug in the cables you previously removed.

2. Turn on your PlayStation 5 console.

3. You should get a M.2 SSD Storage message.

Here, you need to press the PS button on your DualSense to use the controller. You then need to select the Format M.2 SSD option.

4. After the formatting process is completed, you will see the sequential read speed of your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro SSD running on the PlayStation 5.

Here, you need select the OK option to go to the Home Screen main menu.

Where to find P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus and 980 Pro in the PS5 menu

To find the location of your newly installed P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro solid state drive in the menu of the PS5, you need to take the following steps:

1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen.

2. In Settings, go to Storage.

3. In Storage, select M.2 SSD Storage from the list of available options on the left side.

4. On the right side in the same Storage menu, you will find your P5 Plus, Rocket 4 Plus or 980 Pro.

You will also be able to see how much free space you have left in addition to having the option to reformat your M.2 SSD.

How to download PlayStation Store purchases on PS5

Finding and downloading the past purchases you made from the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition system can be a little tricky.

If you are having issues locating where to download a previously purchased game or DLC, then you can check out this guide at Seeking Tech.

How to download a purchased game on PS5

In order to download a videogame that was previously purchased on a PlayStation 5, you need to do the following:

1. The first step is to be in the Home Screen, which is the main menu that appears when you boot up the system. It is where you can go to the PlayStation Store, select which game to play, etc.

2. In the Games section of the Home Screen, scroll all the way to the right and then select the Game Library option with the X button on your DualSense.

3. In the Game Library menu, press the R1 button on your controller to go to the Your Collection section.

4. In the Your Collection section, you will find all the games you have on the PlayStation Network account you are currently using. These include your past purchases in addition to games you have previously installed from a physical disc and non-paid content you have downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

5. If you have a huge list of games, you can select the Sort and Filter option, which is located to the left of the game listing in the Your Collection section. It has an icon that looks like a down pointing arrow next to three parallel horizontal lines.

6. In the Sort and Filter pop-up menu, you can sort by most recently played, named or purchase date. You can also filter the listing based on the platform, source and hidden items. Last but not least, you can also reset all the filters.

7. After finding the game you want to download, press the X button to go to the game’s page.

8. In the game’s page, you should see the option to download.

9. If you don’t see the option to download, you can try restoring the game license. To do so, you need to first go back to the aforementioned Home Screen.

10. From the Home Screen, head into Settings, which you can find on the top right corner of the screen.

11. From the Settings menu, select Users and Accounts.

12. From the Users and Accounts menu, select Other from the available options on the left side.

13. On the right side from the Users and Accounts menu, select the Restore Licenses option.

14. In the Restore Licenses, select Restore.

15. Once the PS5 is done restoring the licenses, you can go back to the game’s page to see if you can download it again.

How to download a purchased DLC on PS5

In order to download a previously purchased DLC on the PlayStation 5, you need to do the following:

1. Find the game with the DLC on the Home Screen or in the Game Library menu.

2. With the game highlighted, press the Options button on the DualSense controller.

3. In the small pop-up menu, select the Manage Game Content option.

4. In the Manage Game Content menu, you should see a list of contents you have purchased for that specific game.

5. The DLC pieces that you have purchased that aren’t installed on the PS5 will be shown as “Not Installed.” You can select the down pointing icon to install the DLC to your system.

How to download a purchased game or DLC on PS5 by using the search function

If you already know the game or DLC that you previously purchased, then you can try using the search function, to download it.

To do so, you need to do the following:

1. In the Home Screen, select the Search option, which is located on the upper right corner of the screen with the magnifying glass icon.

2. In the Search menu, you can either select the “Search for games, movies, TV shows, players, and apps” bar to bring up an on-screen keyboard or the Microphone icon to start a voice search.

3. Press the R2 button after inputting the search term to confirm.

4. In the search results, you should be able to find your game or DLC. Select the purchased content to open its page.

5. In the page of the game or DLC, you should see the option to download.

Is the PS5 compatible with HMB or M.2 SATA?

Sony has added support for M.2 solid state drives in the latest firmware update for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

So, can you use a M.2 SATA SSD or an SSD with Host Memory Buffer with this gaming system? You can find out in this guide from Seeking Tech.

Does the PlayStation 5 support M.2 SATA Solid State Drives?

Although a M.2 SATA solid state drive may fit into the M.2 slot of the PlayStation 5, the system does not support the SATA interface as it is too slow to load PS5 games.

The maximum sequential read speed for SATA is 600 MB per second, which is far less than 5500 MB per second speed of the built-in solid state drive of the PS5.

If you install a M.2 SATA solid state drive on the PlayStation 5, you will get an on-screen message upon turning on your system stating that the storage drive is not compatible.

The same message will also list out the supported M.2 requirements. Lastly, you will be asked to turned off the PS5 and remove the M.2 SATA SSD as you won’t be able to use the system until you do so.

Does the PlayStation 5 support Host Memory Buffer?

The PlayStation 5 is not compatible with the Host Memory Buffer interface. However, the game system may still support a M.2 solid state drive with HMB.

With that said, you may get a slower than expected read speeds as a result of using an SSD with Host Memory Buffer.

What M.2 Solid State Drives are Compatible with PS5?

So, what M.2 solid state drives are supported the PlayStation 5? So far, the GIGABYTE AORUS Gen. 4 7000s with Heatsink, Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink and Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink have been confirmed to be compatible with the PS5 right out of the box without the need of adding and/or modifying a heatsink.

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In general, you will need a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD with a recommended maximum sequential reading speed of at least 5500 MB per second or higher.

Sony also recommends using a single-sided or double-sided heatsink with the storage drive.

Furthermore, your M.2 SSD should also fit into the system. Thus, it should have an overall maximum length of 110 mm (or 4.33 in) as well as an overall maximum width of 25 mm (or 0.984 in). For height, you need 2.45 mm (0.096 in) of space underneath the solid state drive as well as 8 mm (0.314 in) of space above the SSD. In total, the solid state drive should be no taller than 11.25 mm (or 0.442 in).

As you can see, even if your PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD meets the 5500 MB per second maximum sequential reading speed requirement, you still have to worry about whether or not it will actually fit into the PS5 system.

Thus, we recommend sticking with any of the three aforementioned products (GIGABYTE AORUS Gen. 4 7000s with Heatsink, Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink and Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink) that have been officially confirmed so far to be compatible with the PlayStation 5.

If you want to learn about how you can install a compatible M.2 SSD to the PS5, then you can check out this tutorial.

How to install FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 and AORUS 7000S to PS5

Support for the M.2 solid state drive was finally added to the PlayStation 5 thanks to a firmware update. The internal SSD add-on will allow you to store and play PS5 games.

The list of compatible M.2 storage drives includes the AORUS Gen. 4 7000s as well as the heatsink-equipped versions of the FireCuda 530 and WD_BLACK SN850.

You can check out this guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can install these three SSDs to your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition system.

PS5 Compatible M.2 SSDs

This tutorial should be covering the following M.2 solid state drives that have been confirmed to be compatible with the PlayStation 5:

  • 1 TB GIGABYTE AORUS Gen. 4 7000s with Heatsink (GP-AG70S1TB)
  • 2 TB GIGABYTE AORUS Gen. 4 7000s with Heatsink (GP-AG70S2TB)
  • 500 GB Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink (ZP500GM30023)
  • 1 TB Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink (ZP1000GM30023)
  • 2 TB Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink (ZP2000GM30023)
  • 4 TB Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink (ZP4000GM30023)
  • 500 GB Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink (WDS500G1XHE-00AFY0)
  • 1 TB Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink (WDS100T1XHE-00AFY0)
  • 2 TB Western Digital WD_BLACK SN850 with Heatsink (WDS200T1XHE-00AFY0)

Updating to the latest PS5 firmware

Since M.2 solid state drive support was added to the latest firmware update, the first step is to make sure that your PlayStation 5 system is running the latest software version.

To update to the latest PS5 firmware, you can do the following:

1. Turn on the PlayStation 5. If the system is connected to the Internet and detects a firmware update, then you should get a pop-up when you arrive at the Home Screen (which is the main menu where you can select a game to play).

2. If you don’t see a pop-up message, you can force a manual update by going to Settings, which is located at the upper right corner in the Home Screen.

3. In the Settings menu, head to System.

4. In the System menu, select System Software on the left side and then System Software Update and Settings on the right side.

5. In the System Software Update and Settings menu, select Update System Software.

6. In the System Software Update menu, select Update Using Internet.

How to insert FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 and AORUS 7000S to PS5

After updating the firmware, the next step is to physically insert your FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S SSD to the PlayStation 5.

To do so, you need to do the following:

1. Turn off the PlayStation 5.

2. Wait until the system is no longer displaying any lights to confirm that the system is completely powered down. Afterwards, unplug any cables you have connected to your PS5.

3. You should also remove the stand from the console if you have it installed.

4. Next, you need to lay the PlayStation 5 down. The side with the PlayStation logo should be underneath. The base of the system, which is where you connect the included stand to if you were to put your PS5 vertical position, should be facing you.

5. From your vantage point, grab the top right corner of the system. Afterwards, gently pull the cover up and then towards you to remove the cover from the system.

6. With the cover off, you should see the long rectangular M.2 slot. Using a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver, you need to unscrew the screw holding the slot cover and then remove the cover.

7. Next, you need to unscrew and remove the screw and spacer from inside the M.2 slot.

8. Place the spacer into the 80 screw hole in the M.2 slot.

9. You can now insert your FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S solid state drive.

To do so, you need to first make sure that the connectors of your SSD is aligned to the connectors of the M.2 slot on the PlayStation 5 system.

You can then insert the connector side of your drive to the M.2 slot from a diagonally upwards position. This means that the other end should be pointing upwards when you connect the drive to the system.

10. After connecting the drive to the slot, push the other end of the FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S downwards. You then need to use the screw you previously removed from inside the M.2 slot on the end of the SSD to keep it fastened to the motherboard of the PS5.

11. Afterwards, put the cover of the M.2 slot back on. Make sure you use the screw you previously removed from the cover to fasten the slot cover.

12. Slide the previously removed outer cover of the PlayStation 5 system right back into place.

How to format FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 and AORUS 7000S for PS5

After you physically insert your FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S to the PlayStation 5, it’s time to format it.

To do so, you need to do the following:

1. Plug in the power cable of your PlayStation 5 and then turn the system on.

2. You should get a message about the newly installed M.2 SSD Storage.

Here, you need to select the Format M2. SSD option.

Keep in mind that formatting will delete all data from your FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S. So, if you have any important data stored on the solid state drive, make sure you copy the file to somewhere else before formatting the drive for use with the PlayStation 5.

3. After the formatting has been completed, you will see the sequential read speed of the M.2 drive. Here, you need to select the OK option to continue.

Where to find FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 and AORUS 7000S in the PS5 menu

To find your newly formatted solid state drive, you need to take the following steps:

1. From the Home Screen, go into Settings.

2. In the Settings menu, you need to select the Storage option.

3. In the Storage menu, you need to select the M.2 SSD Storage option on the left side.

4. On the right side of the same Storage menu, you should find your FireCuda 530, WD_BLACK SN850 or AORUS 7000S.

You should be able to see the amount of free space available overall. Furthermore, you will also find how much space is being used by “Games and Apps” as well as “Other” files.

Lastly, you can also reformat the drive in this menu.

Where to find manually-captured and trophy screenshots/videos on PS5

With the PlayStation 5, as well as the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, you can manually capture screenshots and videos by using the Create button on your DualSense controller. By default, your system will also automatically capture screenshots and videos anytime you earn a trophy.

You can follow this step-by step guide at Seeking Tech to see where you can find you captured screenshots and videos on the PlayStation 5.

How to view screenshots and videos from the PS5 Control Center

The fastest way to view the most recent screenshots and videos that have been captured is by using the Control Center quick menu.

To do so, you need to take the following steps:

1. Press the PS button on your DualSense controller to bring up the Control Center quick menu.

2. On the right most option in the Activity Card section, you should find the “Recently created” activity card. Press the X button on your controller.

3. In the “Recently created” menu, you will find the 15 most-recently captured screenshots and videos on your PlayStation 5.

You can use the L1 and R1 buttons to navigate between the screens and video clips.

You can also press X on the screen/video to zoom in (you need to press the O button to exit the zoom in order to return to the “Recently created” menu).

You can also share, edit, delete and favorite a screenshot or video clip.

How to view older screenshots and videos from the PS5 Media Gallery

If you have more than 15 screenshots and videos captured on your PlayStation 5, then you need to go to the Media Gallery to view the older pictures and footages.

There are two ways to view the Media Gallery menu on the PlayStation 5:

The first is to press the PS controller on your DualSense to open the Control Center quick menu. Here, you need to select the “Recently created” activity card and then the “Go to Medial Gallery” option.

Alternatively, you can go to the Home Screen main menu of the system. This is where you can select a videogame to play (you can press and hold the PS button to get to it when you are playing a game or using an application). In the main menu, go to Settings, which you can find on the upper right corner. Under Settings, select Storage. In the Storage menu, select Console Storage on the left side and then Media Gallery on the right side.

In the Media Gallery menu, you can use the L1 and L1 buttons of the DualSense to navigate between the “All,” “Favorites,” “Trophies” and “Albums” sorting options.

You can also sort files based on date added and file size. Furthermore, you can use filters to view only captured screenshots or captured videos.

Last but not least, you can select multiple files to share, delete, edit or copy to an external USB drive in the Media Gallery menu.

How to view trophy screenshots and videos on PS5

In addition to the aforementioned Media Gallery menu, you can also view your trophy screenshots and videos from the Trophies menu on the PlayStation 5.

In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

1. Head to the Home Screen main menu of the PlayStation 5. If you are in a game or app, you can simply press and hold the PS button on your DualSense to bring up the menu.

2. In the Home Screen, select your profile picture, which you can find on the upper right corner in between Settings and the Clock.

3. In the pop-up menu, select the Trophies option.

4. In the Trophies menu, select the game from the list.

5. In the game’s trophy menu, select the trophy you want to view the captured screenshot and/or video clip from.

In the pop-up menu, you will be able to view the screen and/or video tied to the trophy.

You can use the L1 and R1 buttons to switch between the media files.

You can also zoom in by select the image or video clip.

Furthermore, you can share, edit, delete and favorite the trophy screen or video.