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How to organize your PS4 game library and create custom folders

Between physical game installations, all the digital games you download thanks to sweet PlayStation Store offerings, and a steady stream of PlayStation Plus offerings, your PlayStation 4 library can become quite cumbersome to navigate over time. If you’re anything like us, you can browse your PS4 playlist from time to time and come across a title you forgot you even owned. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your PS4 game library remains relatively painless to navigate using folders and other tricks.

How to organize your PS4 game library with custom folders, along with other tips to make navigation a breeze.

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Play the bar “recently played”

By default, your games are displayed on the carousel on the home screen in order when you last downloaded or played them. This standard system can have annoying PlayStation Plus time every month. Just because you downloaded a new game, does not mean you want to play it right away. Eventually the games you have actually played slick all the way to the end of the carousel – or worse, they completely knock out of the carousel.

It sounds pretty basic, but a quick way to keep up with the games you play is to always keep them in the first few slots. If Destiny 2 starts sliding, but new content for it will come soon, simply open and close the game to move it to the front of the batch. You do not even have to play – simply opening the application will move the game to the top of the list. You should also know that all the physical discs you have in the system will always be at the top of the carousel after you boot the system, even if it was not the last game you played.

Reason with your library

Sometimes you want to browse the entire game library. At the end of the home screen carousel, on the right, you will find Library icon. The library contains all your PS4 games and applications, organized by category and some other parameters. On the left side you will see five (six, if you have folders) categories below the search field.

  • All: Every game and app currently installed.
  • folders: More on this in the next section, but if you have configured folders (which we explain how to do), you will find that category between “All” and “Games.”
  • Game: All games currently installed.
  • Apps: All apps currently installed.
  • Purchased: All games and applications you own, including those not installed on your hard drive.
  • PlayStation Plus: These are all free games acquired through PlayStation Plus and are playable as long as you are an active member

Unless you have created a folder system, you want to display either Game or Purchased.

Game Library

By default, the game section is sorted alphabetically. Three other filtered views are available to choose from in the drop-down menu.

  • Reverse alphabetical order: Why not go from Z to A?
  • Recently used: View games after use. Newly downloaded and recently opened games rise to the top here.
  • Installation date: Games will be organized after they are installed, apart from your recent gaming sessions.

The default view A to Z seems to be the most universally intuitive, but if you want to check out your latest gaming habits or review downloaded games that you may have forgotten, the other views have their own appeal.

Buy a library

When you search through the purchased category, you can sort alphabetically or by date of purchase. The purchased section is sorted by two categories: Not installed and installed. Your installed apps will appear below the long list of uninstalled apps.

Folders are your best friend

This is where things get interesting. If you want to take control and organize your game library, PS4 allows you to create custom folders that divide games using which category system makes sense to you. You can divide your games into categories currently playing, playing, Evergreen and PSVR.

Creating a folder is very simple:

Step 1: From the system main screen, press alternative (+) on your PS4 controller when you are placed in an application and select Add to folder.

Step 2: Name the folder and click OK. Your new folder will now appear at the front of the carousel.

Edit folders

You can edit the name and contents of each folder at any time by pressing alternative (+) on the folder icon.

Step 1: Select Edit folder.

Step 2: Print Select to get a grid of all the games on your PS4. Checked boxes above icons mean that a game is currently in the specific folder.

Step 3: Select the game you want to add to the folder and press Confirm.

Step 4: From here you can move icons around to place games in the desired order in each folder.

Step 5: Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having your PS4 library compiled exactly to your liking.

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