Trouble Loading PlayStation Store? Here’s the Solution

Sony’s consoles offer a clean ecosystem to purchase content, the PS Store. Sometimes it doesn’t work, and it may seem inexplicable. How to fix the PlayStation Store won’t load error?

The PlayStation Store is the built-in app on PlayStation where you can find and buy content. That includes games, DLCs, apps, and PS Plus membership tiers.

So, when the PlayStation Store doesn’t work, these services may not work on your console. And usually, the error comes from the servers, system corruption, or slow internet.

PlayStation Store Won’t Load? Here’s How To Fix It

PlayStation Store Won’t Load Error Causes

The error in question is not very common, and if it’s happening to you, you may be facing one of the most frustrating issues on the console. We have identified various common threads and problems. However, the issue may come from various reasons and bugs, and Sony has no official solution.

But if you can pinpoint the root of the cause, you may jump straight to the particular solution you need. So, here’s what you might be facing:

  • The PlayStation servers are down. It happens from time to time, and it’s easy to check. They go down for maintenance or due to errors. 
  • There’s corruption in your system. The console’s database needs some cleaning at least once a year. You can do it through the safe mode menu, and you will know this is the issue if the console is behaving oddly or slower than expected.
  • Your PlayStation is out of date. Updating the system clears random errors and compatibility issues.
  • There’s a random bug in your system. As with any other problem on your PlayStation, you may face many issues, and you can quickly solve them. 
  • The NAT Type on your router is blocking connectivity. This built-in security measure determines how the devices on the network can share and connect to other devices. You need to access the router’s settings to change it.
  • Your connection is unstable. Slow, unreliable, and unstable internet connections may also cause the issue. Other than changing your internet service, there’s something you can try on the console. 

If the error is happening to you, you’ll get stuck on the loading screen when trying to access the Store.

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How to Fix PlayStation Store Won’t Load Error?

Most of the troubleshooting below will make your PlayStation faster and keep it healthier.

That said, you can follow these steps one by one until you put your console back in working order.

Initial Workarounds

Let’s start with the easiest methods, the ones that could solve light network or console bugs:

  • Reboot the router: Turn it off, unplug its cables, wait 10 seconds, and turn it on again. Power-Cycle-Router
  • If possible, use a LAN cable instead of Wi-Fi.
  • Power cycle the console: Turn it off, unplug all of its cables, wait for one minute, and turn it on again.
  • Re-login to your account: On the PS4, you have to go to Settings > Account Management. On the PS5, you have to go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Other. Then, log in as usual. sing-out-ps5

Rebuild the Database

The database is the compilation of your consoles’ games, saved data, system files, screenshots, videos, etc.

As you use the console, the database becomes messier and messier. So, the console offers you a way to restore it and erase corruption. In particular, database corruption may cause the PlayStation Store error.

On PS4

  1. Turn off the console by pressing and holding the power button.ps4 power button
  2. Press and hold the button again for seven seconds. Release the button after you hear a second beep after about seven seconds.
  3. Plug the controller into the console with the USB cable.
  4. Press the controller’s PS buttonps4-ps-button
  5. Select option 5: Rebuild Database.safe-mode-rebuild-database

The process may take over half an hour. After it finishes, the PlayStation will reboot and behave much better.

On PS5

  1. Turn off the console by pressing and holding the power button on the console. ps5-power-button
  2. Press and hold the power button for about seven seconds until you hear a second beep.
  3.  Connect the DualSense controller to the console with its USB cable.
  4. Press the PS button on the controller.
    ps-button-ps5
  5. Select option 5: Rebuild Database.
    rebuild-database-on-ps5

The process can be a bit faster on the PlayStation 5, but it also depends on the state of your console. Moreover, the process will clean your console’s cache, the temporary file dump.

Add a Public DNS to Your Playstation

A way to improve the internet speed of your PS4 or PS5 is by adding a public DNS. The DNS is the service that takes care of translating IP addresses into something your devices can understand. The better it is, the faster it can load pages and services.

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Your internet service provider gives you the DNS, but you can use a public address, which tech companies offer for free.

Some of the best DNS addresses you can use for PlayStation consoles are:

ServerPrimary DNSSecondary DNS
Cloudflare1.1.1.11.0.0.1
Google8.8.8.88.8.8.4
IBM Quad99.9.9.9149.112.112.112
OpenDNS Home208.67.222.222208.67.220.220

Now, let’s see how to add one of these DNS addresses on your PlayStation console.

On PS5

  1. Go to Settingsps5 settings
  2. Go to Networkps5-network
  3. Select Settings on the left and “Set Up Internet Connection” on the right.ste up internet ps5
  4. Choose the network and type the password if you must.
  5. Hover over your network and press the controller’s Options button. ps5-controllers-option
  6. Select Advanced Settingsadvanced-network
  7. You’ll find Primary DNS and Secondary DNS on the Advanced Settings menu. Select these to type a new DNS. primary dns
  8. Type the following address:
    Primary: 1.1.1.1
    Secondary: 1.0.0.1
  9. Press OK to confirm the changes. confirm changes static ip ps5

On PS4

  1. Go to Settings. ps4 settings
  2. Select Network. network-ps4
  3. Select Set Up Internet Connection. set-up-internet-connection
  4. Select Wi-Fi or LAN and type the password if you must. wifi-or-lan-ps4
  5. On “How do you want to set up an internet connection?” select Custom.custom internet connection ps4
  6. Select Automatic IP. automatic ip address ps4
  7.  Select “Do Not Specify” on “DHCP Host Name.”
    dhcp-host-name-do-not-specify-ps4
  8. On DNS settings, select Manual.manual dns ps4
  9. Type the following address:
    Primary: 1.1.1.1
    Secondary: 1.0.0.1
  10. Select Next to confirm.

Update the Console

Another way to solve the issue is by updating the console. It happens automatically, but if your connection is unreliable, you may need to update it manually once in a while

On PS4

  1. Go to Settings. ps4 settings
  2. Select System Software Update. update-ps4
  3. Select the available update if you see it. It will update in the background.

On PS5

  1. Select Settings. ps5 settings
  2. Go to System. ps5 system
  3. Select System Software.
  4. Select System Software Update and Settings.ps5 system software update
  5. Select Update System Software if there’s one available. update ps5 system software
  6. Enable Download Update Files Automatically and Install Update Files Automatically.

Wait Until the Playstation Servers Go Back Up

After you go through these two methods, you can check the quality of the PlayStation Network servers. If the servers are down, you must wait until they work to use the PlayStation Store.

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Once you enter the page, you must select your region from the drop-down menu.

select-the-drop-down

Next, you can check its status. You will see green dots on its services if everything is working properly. Otherwise, it will let you know something is amiss -which would be why you can’t access the Store.

PS-servers-1

Update the Console

Another way to solve the issue is by updating the console. It happens automatically, but if your connection is unreliable, you may need to update it manually once in a while

On PS4

  1. Go to Settings. ps4 settings
  2. Select System Software Update. update-ps4
  3. If there’s an available update, select it and wait until it downloads.

On PS5

  1. Select Settings. ps5 settings
  2. Go to System. ps5 system
  3. Select System Software.
  4. Select System Software Update and Settings.ps5 system software update
  5. Select Update System Software if there’s one. update ps5 system software
  6. Also, enable the two options: “Download Update Files Automatically” and “Install Update Files Automatically.”

Port Forward the PS4 or the PS5

Perhaps your router’s built-in security measures are blocking the network functions of your console.

The solution is port forwarding the router. It’s a lengthy process; if you’ve come this far, you can check the separate guide.

But before you do, check the NAT Type on your console’s network menu to see if you genuinely need it. If you see NAT Type 3, this is the problem, and you’d need to complete the guide above.

On PS4

  1. Go to Settings. ps4 settings
  2. Select Networknetwork ps4
  3. Go to Connection Status.
  4. Check the NAT Type.ps4 nat type

On PS5

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Networkps5 network
  3. Select Test Internet Connection or View Connection Status.view connection status
  4. Check your NAT. test internet connection ps5

Factory Reset the PS4 or PS5

Many people have solved the issue with a factory reset. Do it if nothing else has worked.

On PS4

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Go to Initialization.initialize ps4
  3. Select a reset option.

After the factory reset, update the console.

On PS5

  1. Select Settings. ps5 settings
  2. Go to System > System Software.
  3. Go to Reset Optionssystem reset options ps5
  4. Go to Reset your console.
  5. Select to reset without erasing data, and confirm. reset your console ps5

After the reset, update the console immediately.

Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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