Sometimes, if your console isn't working properly, then the PS5 rebuild database option may be your best way of rectifying the situation. But rebuilding a database sounds hard. And as a wise man once said, "if something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing".
Luckily for you, rebuilding your database is actually really, really easy. You don't even need a screwdriver. So no more excuses. Here's exactly how you go about it.
How To Rebuild Your PS5 Database
As we mentioned earlier, rebuilding your PS5 database isn't difficult. You just need to follow a few simple steps, and let the console do the hard work for you. Here's how.
Put your console in Safe Mode
In order to rebuild your database, you need to begin by putting your console in Safe Mode. To do this:
- Turn off your console by holding the power button for three seconds. The power indicator will blink for a few moments before turning off.
- Once the console is off, press and hold the power button again. Release it after you hear the second beep — one beep will sound when you first press, and another seven seconds later.
- Connect the controller to your console using a USB cable, then press the PS button on the controller.
Choose Option 5
Once you are in Safe Mode, you'll be presented with a menu, which has 7 options:
- Restart PS5
- Change Video Output
- Update System Software
- Restore default Settings
- Clear Cache and Rebuild Database
- Reset PS5
- Reset PS5 (Reinstall System Software)
Out of these, select Option 5, and then choose Rebuild Database. Doing this will scan the drive, and creates a new database of all the content on your system.
Once you've selected this option, leave your PS5 to do its thing. Bear in mind that this process can take a while. So be patient, and make sure you don't shut down your PS5 until the process is finished. And that's it. Easier than taking candy from a baby. Although why you might want to take candy from a baby is anyone's guess. You monster.
If you're still really struggling, you can always contact PlayStation Support for extra help.
Why Might You Need to Rebuild Your PS5 Database?
Of course, even if rebuilding your database is very simple, you may be wondering why you might need to do it in the first place.
As we mentioned earlier, this function is useful for creating a new database with all your content on it. Typically, this might be used if you find that you've deleted a game, but find the icon remains on your Home screen. It can also be beneficial to do this if you are experiencing system feature issues.
Some people liken it to using the disk defragment option on a PC, in that it checks for file issues, and helps with organising, removing duplicate files, fixing corrupted files, and the like. And importantly, it won't delete any of your content.
In other words, if the console isn't working as it should, or refusing to open certain programs, or keeps crashing, then a database rebuild could be helpful. And with it being this simple, there's really no reason to be nervous about doing it.