How to Download New Apps on PS5

There are plenty of apps available on the PS5, from Funimation to Netflix and Disney+ to Twitch. Knowing how to download them can be difficult at first, but it’s quick and easy once you know where to look.

  1. Turn on the PS5 and sign in to your account.

    Main Interface on PS5
    The default main screen on the PS5
  2. On the main screen, switch tabs to Media (the default tab is Games).

    Switch to Media Tab at the top of the Screen
    Switch to Media Tab at the top of the Screen
  3. Here you’ll see the apps you currently have installed. Then, press the D-Pad Down on your controller to see the Featured TV & Video related Apps.

    TV and Media apps on PS5
    TV and Video apps on PS5

    Or select the “All Apps” icon to see every app that’s available on PS5

    All Apps section in the Media tab
    All Apps section in the Media tab

    Browse the app selection manually on the PS5 till you find the app you are looking for

    All Available Apps on PS5
    All Available Apps on PS5
  4. Or you can use the search function by selecting the “Magnifying Glass” icon on the top right side of the screen.

    Press the Magnifying Glass Icon to bring up the Search Bar
    Press the Magnifying Glass Icon to bring up the Search Screen

    Tap X on the search bar and a virtual keyboard will pop up, allowing you to search for an app manually

    Press X on the Search Bar to Search for apps
    Press X on the Search Bar to search for apps

    Type the name of the app, and it will come up in the results

    Type the name of the App you want to search
    Type the name of the App you want to search

    Alternatively, selecting the Microphone icon allows you to use the voice-to-text feature. Simply say the name of the app and press R2 to search for it.

    Using Voice to Search for apps
    Use the Voice-to-text feature for convenient app searches on PS5
  5. Once you’ve found the app you want, click on its tile icon

    Tap X on the App Icon to access its dedicated page
    Tap X on the App Icon to access its dedicated page
  6. Now press X on the “Download” button

    Press X on the Download button to Start Downloading the App
    Press X on the Download button to Start Downloading the App
  7. The PS5 will start downloading the app

    App is Added to the Downloads
    The app is added to the Downloads

    You can track the app’s installation progress from the Downloads/Copies section on the PS5 Dashboard.

    Track Progress of the Download using the Download section on Dashboard
    Track Progress of the Download using the Download section on the Dashboard
  8. Once installed, the PS5 will notify you. You can immediately access the app by pressing the PS button on the controller

    Download Complete Notification
    Download Complete Notification
  9. Alternatively, you can visit the Media tab > App Library section and see all installed apps.

    Media App Library section shows Downloaded Apps
    The Media App Library section shows Downloaded Apps
  10. Press X on the start button to launch the app

    Press X Button to Start the App
    Press X Button to Start the App

Some apps will need an active internet connection to work. Many media streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+ require their respective subscriptions to work. Free apps like YouTube or Twitch work without any additional payments. 

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