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The PS5 offers the ability to expand your internal storage, and the feature is live now.

and Gabe Gurwin on September 15, 2021 at 10:15AM PDT

As of September 2021, the PS5 now allows you to add an extra M.2 NVMe SSD to your console. The feature is in full release rather than beta, meaning anyone with the hardware can get more storage space to hold and play PS5 games. Unlike Microsoft’s solution, which is a Seagate proprietary expansion card plugged into the back, Sony gives you the choice of a number of different drives from third-party manufacturers. Here is how you can install an extra NVMe drive to expand your internal storage space.

PS5-Compatible Drives

Sony’s approach allows for more flexibility in how you expand your PS5 storage but is constrained by a list that the company approves beforehand. That’s to ensure that the SSD you purchase matches the minimum 5.5 GB/s bandwidth, only afforded by brand-new PCIe 4.0 SSDs that companies like Samsung and Western Digital have started producing.

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Despite being out now, Sony hasn’t yet announced any compatible SSDs for the PS5. We do know the specifications required for the drives, but we cannot say for sure that drives that meet these will function in the system until they have been tested and approved by Sony itself. One that you can almost certainly use without issue is the WD_Black SN850 with a heatsink, as PlayStation lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed it’s the one he bought for his own system.

The side panels of the PS5 can easily pop off with no tools, revealing an empty SSD slot on one side. That slot features support for the full gamut of SSD lengths, including 2230, 2242, 2260, and 2280 standard sizes. You must use a heatsink with the drive you choose, either preinstalled by the manufacturer or one you attached yourself. The Sony support page includes diagrams showing built-in heatsinks as well as one-sided and two-sided heatsinks.

How to add storage space to a playroom

M.2 NVMe slot on the PS5

PS5 M.2 SSD Requirements

The following list of requirements come directly from Sony

Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD

Capacity: 250GB – 4TB

Cooling structure: Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.

Sequential read speed: 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended

Module width: 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)

Form Factor: M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.

These numbers can be found on retail listings for M.2 SSD devices. The first two digits refer to the width, the remaining digits to the length.

Socket type: Socket 3 (Key M)

Total size including cooling structure:

In millimeters: smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).

In inches: smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H).

See below for full requirements.

Length

The following M.2 SSD lengths are compatible with PS5 consoles:

30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm (corresponding to the form factor type, per above).

Width

A 22mm-wide M.2 SSD module is required.

The total structure (including an added cooling structure) cannot exceed 25mm (0.984in).

Height

The total height of the M.2 SSD and its cooling structure (such as a heatsink) – whether built-in or separate – must be less than 11.25mm (0.442in).

The height must also be in the right place, in relation to the M.2 SSD’s circuit board:

  • The size below the board must be less than 2.45mm (0.096in).
  • The total size above the board must be less than 8mm (0.314in).

(Note: millimeter measurements are the technical standard and are more precise than inches. We recommend double-checking that the total dimensions of M.2 SSD and heatsink products you’re considering meet the millimeter requirements before purchasing)

Installing M.2 SDD In PS5

Installing your M.2 will vary slightly depending on the model you’ve selected, but ensure your system is fully updated. Turn off the system, unplug it, pop off the outside panel with the disc slot if on a regular system or the “right” one on a digital console, and you’ll see the drive slot below the fan. Remove the screws, adjust the spacer based on your own drive’s size, and then insert the drive diagonally before lowering it onto the screw hole.

Once that’s done, screw it into place, reattach the cover carefully, and pop the outer panel back on your console before powering your system back on. You’ll have to format your drive on startup, just as you would any other drive.

From “Settings” and “Storage” on your PS5, you’ll see an “installation location” option with the M.2 installed correctly. This will let you choose to download games there directly, and you can also move games there from either the internal storage that came with your system or an external USB drive.

For families with young children, the living room is usually the busiest space in the home. And now, perhaps more than ever, many of us are spending a lot more time at home and our living rooms are seeing a lot more action. Whether you use your living space for lounging, watching TV, working, working out, homeschooling, or even as a playroom for the kiddos, having a functional space that can support all those needs is important.

Because, as parents with young kids will know, when your living room becomes your playroom (and home gym, office, movie theater, etc), things can easily start to feel pretty crowded and even cluttered. It’s no wonder that customers frequently ask for ideas on how to incorporate a play area for kids in their living room designs. To help, we gathered 8 of our favorite ideas on creating a kids playroom within your living room.

Read on for 8 tips for designing a play space in your living room!

How to add storage space to a playroom1. Delineate With a Rug

Add a colorful rug as a way to “zone” a kid’s playroom and create some visual separation from the main living space. This is also a great way to visually let kids know where it’s ok to leave toys out for play.

Adding a rug is a quick and easy update that everyone can immediately get on board with. We say opt for a sturdy area rug (like an indoor/outdoor or natural fiber option) that can stand up to lots of wear and tear.

How to add storage space to a playroom2. Dedicate a Storage Spot

Some spaces might be better suited to a play corner rather than a full-on playroom. If this sounds like your home, try dedicating a corner to a kids play space, complete with ample storage solutions for all their toys.

Not sure where to start? Try tucking in a storage bench or a few baskets into a corner. These are easy and kid friendly toy storage solutions. It’s a great way to minimize clutter and contain messes since everything can be stowed away quickly and neatly.

For an added bonus, you can repurpose the bench in a new area in your home once the kids outgrow their toys.

How to add storage space to a playroom3. Carve Out a Cushy Corner

Little nooks in your space, such as a tricky-shaped landing at the top of your stairs, are perfect places for setting up a small kids’ corner in your home. (This is especially great if you’d rather not dedicate part of your living room to a kid space).

Plop down a few beanbag chairs and poufs, along with a small table and some storage, to create a cozy playroom that’s perfect for playing with toys, storytime, and even fun games.

How to add storage space to a playroom4. Create a Low-Furniture Nook

There are endless options for kid friendly living room furniture out there, but no need to stick to pint-size pieces when creating your living room/playroom.

Low-profile pieces, such as poufs and ottomans are great seating options for a play area—they’re small enough for kids and pair nicely with child-sized tables. They also make great perches and footstools for adults, so they’ll be sure to get plenty of use in your living room and beyond.

How to add storage space to a playroom5. Play Up a Colorful Alcove

If your living space is equipped with a recessed wall area, turn it into a colorful play corner that appeals to your kids in a big, bright way.

Think a fun, vibrant sofa with fun pillows and patterns, along with a charming rug. This is a great way to put an awkward corner to use in a living space and incorporate fun colors that aren’t elsewhere in your home.

How to add storage space to a playroom6. Tuck Toys to the Side

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to stash toys and play in your living room while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Stylists Tip: For a great multipurpose piece, try a couple of inexpensive coffee tables in place of a kids-table. They look nice and often last longer, so you can repurpose them easily once the play area is no longer needed.

How to add storage space to a playroom7. Dream Up the Ultimate Playroom

If you have a larger living space, consider converting one end of the room into a full-on play area for your kids and their favorite toys.

This approach is all about going big. Bring in all the best toys like a fort, mini kitchen, and a kid-sized table and chairs to create a space they can call their own. Make sure to consider durable fabrics that can stand up to lots of romping, rolling, and any occasional spills!

How to add storage space to a playroom8. Design a Kid-Friendly Office

Need a place to work and keep an eye on the children? Or maybe you need a designated space for them to work on assignments from home? Set up a small play/learn corner in your living room or home office if you have space. Pull in a few ottomans or poufs and a low table for your kids to crayon, play with puzzles, or read. Add a shaggy sheepskin to cozy up the spot!

How to add storage space to a playroom

When “low disk” warnings begin to pop up on your computer, it can only mean one thing: you’re critically low on disk space. You have to delete something to free up room, but you can’t delete any software, files, or folders. In fact, you can’t get rid of anything at all! There’s only one thing you can do: expand the current space you have to fit everything in. But how do you expand your PC storage?

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can expand the storage size of your PC.

Also read: How to Remove Bloatware from Windows 10

1. Extend your Hard Drive Partition

Before spending your money on new hardware and hard drives, it’s worth visiting the hard drive and partition you want to expand to see if you can create some more space for it.

First, let’s go to Windows disk management. Simply type “disk management” into the Start menu search and click “Create and format hard-disk partitions.”

In the new window, check the “File System” for the hard drive partition you want to extend.

How to add storage space to a playroom

If it’s NTFS, and if you have a partition of “Unallocated” space, then you can extend your hard drive partition. You can even use unallocated space from multiple hard drives on your PC toward your hard drive of choice.

If you have unallocated space, right-click the partition you want to extend and click “Extend Volume.”

How to add storage space to a playroom

In the next window, pick the volumes you want to extend, “add” them to your selected partition, then click next and follow the instructions.

How to add storage space to a playroom

2. USB Stick

Typical Storage Space : 8 – 128GB

How to add storage space to a playroom

USB sticks are one of the more trustworthy ways of storing items from the computer. Simply plug one into a USB port, open it on your computer, then drag files onto the stick itself. It’s easy to carry with you, stores quite a lot of data, and can be plugged into any computer with a USB port (which is most!).

3. SD Card

Typical Storage Space: 2 – 128GB

SD cards are in a similar vein to USB sticks but are a little more conditional regarding whether you can put them into a PC or not. Unlike USB drives, an SD card slot isn’t a guarantee on most machines. It’s usually something a laptop will have rather than a PC. As such, if you’re using an SD card purely on one device, it will do the job well. Porting data to another machine, however, may be tricky.

4. USB Hard Drive

Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB

Did you know that you can plug in a second hard drive through the USB ports? You have to make use of a hard disk enclosure though, but it is definitely one of the easiest ways to expand your storage by a large amount. USB hard drives are a fantastic choice for holding media files and games. Even better, you can carry them with you and plug them into other PCs to export the data.

5. Cloud Storage Services

Typical Storage Space: 2 – 1TB

Everything is moving toward the cloud these days, and your data can join in! There are plenty of different cloud storage servers out there, but the popular ones are Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. pCloud is another good solid option too.

It is easy to start using cloud storage – make an account, then upload your files to the online cloud. You can then delete the files off of your hard drive and make room without completely losing your files. In fact, they’ll be accessible on all of your devices that can access the cloud! If you have confidential data, there are cloud storage, like pCloud, that provides extra encryption to prevent others from accessing your data.

6. Secondary Hard Drive/Solid State Drive

Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB (HDD), 128 – 512GB (SSD)

If you have the spare space on your motherboard, you can forgo having to transfer data and simply get a second drive to store things. A second HDD can act as a “mule” drive, storing huge files such as movies and recordings. Getting an SSD to work in tandem with an HDD works well, too: simply put all the software you want to load quickly onto the SSD and enjoy faster loading times.

7. Wi-Fi Hard Drive / Network-Attached Storage

Typical Storage Space: 1 – 4TB

USB hard drives are great, but sometimes you want to keep those USB ports free. Wi-Fi hard drives, and sometime network-attached storage (NAS) are often marketed as “home clouds” and connect to other devices over a Wi-Fi connection. This has the added bonus of being accessible by everyone who connects to the router, meaning you can set one up for your family or workplace. Some even allow you to access the hard drive via a web interface!

Also read: How to Clean Up and Make Space on Your Windows “C” Drive

Making Space

If you can’t delete your files to make room, don’t worry about it! There are plenty of ways you can make extra room and expand your PC storage, depending on what you’re trying to store.

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How to add storage space to a playroom

This post will explain how to increase storage on Firestick & Fire TV.

The Amazon Firestick is the most popular streaming device available on the market today.

This is due to its low price point and easy “jailbreaking” abilities.

Unfortunately, these devices only come equipped with 8GB of internal storage.

And because they are not built with USB or SD card ports, we can’t extend the internal storage like we could on the 1st and 2nd Generation Fire TVs and most Android TV Boxes.

Typically, when we plug external storage into an Android TV Box, we have the ability to extend the internal storage with that USB drive or SD card.

By doing this, it makes it easier to download apps, media files, and more, because the device recognizes both the external and internal storage as one drive.

Below is the screen we are presented with on an Android TV Box which allows us to extend the internal storage.

Once we click “Format”, the USB drive that we have inserted will be erased and added to the internal storage, making one large internal disk.

How to add storage space to a playroom

This process is outlined further in our guide on expanding storage for the Chromecast with Google TV.

Since we can’t do this on the Firestick, we must settle for the next best thing.

Firestick users can purchase an OTG Cable that will allow us to plug a USB drive into our devices.

Note: Prior to using a USB Drive with any Fire TV/Android device, you should make sure that it’s properly formatted as FAT32.

Again, we can’t extend our internal storage with the USB drive on these two devices but we can move files over to it with ES File Explorer.

You can also Expand Storage on a Fire TV Stick 4k with an OTG Cable.

How to add storage space to a playroom

OTG Cable

Using an OTG cable is a great way to alleviate buffering issues because we can now store media files on a USB drive that is connected to the device.

It also works great when traveling since you can never depend on WiFi when using Streaming Apps & APK’s.

To learn more about OTG Cable and how it can help you, follow the link below:

The following tutorial will walk you through the process of increasing the storage on your Fire TV/Fire TV Stick by cleaning it and adding an external USB drive.

Within the tutorial, you will learn how to move files that you have downloaded to your device over to the USB drive.

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How To Increase Storage On Firestick & Fire TV

Note: ES File Explorer now charges for their app. Learn how to get the modded free premium app through our ES File Explorer Firestick tutorial.

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For those who use IPVanish on their Firestick or Fire TV, you can also Connect Cloud Storage to your device with SugarSync technology.

Remove Files on Firestick with ES File Explorer

The best way to increase storage on your device is by deleting unused files/apps/content using ES File Explorer.

Using ES File Explorer is a great way to clean up any device and get it functioning smoothly again.

With tools such as space analyzer, download folder, and more, ES File is perfect for organizing and improving your device’s performance.

For these reasons and more, we have included ES File Explorer in our list of Best Firestick Apps.

To delete unwanted or unused files from your Firestick or Fire TV, use the ES File Explorer Space Analyzer:

How to add storage space to a playroom

You can then delete any temporary files, unused apps, and much more.

How to add storage space to a playroom

With ES File Explorer, you can easily manage your installed apps, files, and more to keep your device functioning smoothly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add Storage to My Firestick?

While you cannot add storage to a firestick, you can increase the available storage on your device by removing unneeded files.

What's the best way to clean my firestick?

ES File Explorer is a great tool for deleting apps, files, and more to free up space on your device.

Can I use a USB Drive with my Firestick?

Yes. If you purchase an OTG Cable you can extend the internal storage of your Firestick.

Why is my Firestick storage full?

This is likely due to temporary installation files and other bloatware that comes with installing and using your firestick.

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If you’re running out of space to play the Sims, here are your options for storing your data externally

This gets asked a lot on Answers HQ, how do you store your Sims 4 folder on an external drive and your game recognise it as the default location? You may want to do this for various reasons:

  • You have a small internal drive on your Mac, typically 128GB or 256GB.
  • You’re running out of disk space on your internal storage and need to move some user data off your Mac.
  • You want to play on more than one Mac so therefore having your Sims 4 folder on an external thumb drive is more appealing to you.

Currently, and ever since it was launched, the game has only ever looked in the user’s Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 folder for files to load for your game. The Sims 4 folder contains your saves, tray files (your in-game library), all CC/Mods if you use them, screenshots taken in-game using C, recorded videos, your in-game graphics options, plus a few other files and folders that make your game unique to you. If the game cannot locate a Sims 4 folder in that location it will create a new one, resulting in a brand new, clean game when you launch it.

iCloud Drive users:
If you have been using iCloud Drive to store your Documents folder in the cloud but suddenly the game starts creating new games, this is because your internal storage is very full. Up until that point your Mac has been keeping the files locally as well as in the cloud which is why your game is happily loading all your saved games. There is no way round this unless you free up more space on your Mac or store the data externally. Here is a great article explaining how it works in more depth.

To store your Sims 4 folder, or the entire Electronic Arts folder if you wish, externally you need to create a symbolic link (symlink) on your Mac to store the folders and files on an external device.

There are pros and cons to each option –

  • Symlink method:
    • Pro – storing your Sims 4 data on a physical external drive you can take anywhere with you
    • Pro – data automatically stored on the external, no need to manually move files around
    • Pro – Faster read/write speeds if you use a USB-C/Thunderbolt drive and have slow internet
    • Pro – you can install the actual game on the external drive before setting up the symlink, thereby keeping the game and your data all in one place
    • Con – can be a complicated process for less tech. minded users
    • Con – if you lose the drive, you lose your data

    If this is something you feel you want to do I have written an extensive guide here:

    Your Google Account starts with 15 GB of free storage to use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. You can buy more storage within Google Drive, or upgrade to Google One, to get extra benefits.

    Storage subscriptions

    • At any time, you can change your storage plan to either a monthly or annual fee.
    • A Google One subscription doesn’t expire — it’ll renew automatically unless you change your settings.
    • When you switch to a different payment schedule, it can take up to 24 hours for these changes to take effect.
    • You may be charged local taxes or fees in addition to the prices listed. Google doesn’t charge extra fees.
    • Buying Google storage is only available in some countries. Find countries where you can buy storage.

    You can get extra storage for your Google products.

    If you already pay for a Drive plan, you’ll be automatically upgraded to Google One for free. Learn more about how your existing storage works with Google One.

    If you don’t have a Drive plan, you can become a Google One member to get more storage, help from experts, and extra member benefits.

    Upgrade your Google storage

    Note: Before upgrading your storage, make sure your payment method is up to date. Learn how to update your payment details.

    Buy more storage with Google One

    After you upgrade, your Google One membership replaces your current Drive storage plan. Google One members get even more storage space, plus exclusive benefits and family plan sharing. If you want more storage space as a Google One member:

    1. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google Account.
    2. On your computer, go to one.google.com.
    3. On the left, click StorageGet more storage.
    4. Choose your new storage limit.
    5. Review the new plan prices and payment date. Then, click Next.
    6. To confirm your Google One plan, click Subscribe.

    Learn more

    Improve collaboration and stay connected with Google Workspace Essentials

    If your company wants better collaboration and more storage for work projects, you can sign up for a Google Workspace Essentials account. To sign up, use your business email address.

    A Google Workspace Essentials account provides:

    • Secure, reliable video conferencing
    • Shared drive space where teams can store all of their content
    • Collaboration apps like Docs, Sheets, Slides
    • Security, privacy, and compliance tools
    • No domain verification or IT involvement required

    Check if your Google Drive storage is updated

    After you purchase storage on Google Drive:

    • It can take up to 24 hours for the storage to be available. You can check your storage at https://www.google.com/settings/storage.
    • If your storage is incorrect, sign in to your Google Account to see if your payment went through.

    Switch to a plan with less storage

    If you don’t use all the space you have right now, or you want to pay less for Google storage, downgrade or cancel your storage plan.

    If you start to run out of storage for your SharePoint Online site collections, you can add storage to your subscription if your plan is eligible. If you don’t see the Office 365 Extra File Storage in the list of available add-ons, it means your plan is not eligible. For more information, see Is my plan eligible?

    If you bought your subscription through Volume Licensing or a CSP, you can’t buy Office 365 Extra File Storage for your organization directly from Microsoft. Contact your representative or partner for help.

    Before you begin

    You must be a Global or SharePoint admin to do the tasks in this article. For more information, see About admin roles.

    View available storage

    In the SharePoint admin center, go to the Active sites page, and sign in with an account that has admin permissions for your organization.

    In the upper right of the page, see the amount of storage used across all sites, and the total storage for your subscription. If your organization has configured Multi-Geo in Office 365, the bar also shows the amount of storage used across all geo locations.

    How to add storage space to a playroom

    The storage used doesn’t include changes made within the last 24-48 hours.

    After you determine how much storage you’re using, you can add or remove storage space for your subscription. To find out how much it will cost to add storage space, follow the steps in this article, and review the pricing information before you buy more.

    For information about setting site collection storage limits, see Manage site collection storage limits.

    Add storage to your subscription

    If you haven’t yet bought extra storage for your subscription, you can do that.

    1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Purchase services page.
    2. At the bottom of the Purchase services page, in the Add-ons section, find Office 365 Extra File Storage, and select Details.
    3. On the product details page, select Next.
    4. If needed, choose the base subscription, then enter the number of gigabytes of storage you want to add.
    5. Select Check out now.
    6. On the How does this look? page, verify the number of gigabytes of storage you selected, review the pricing information, and then select Next.
    7. On the Complete order page, verify the total. If you need to make any changes, select Edit order. If the order requires a credit check, select the check box. When you’re finished, select Place order > Go to Admin Home.

    Increase or decrease storage

    If you’ve already bought extra file storage via the Office 365 Extra File Storage add-on, you can use these steps to increase or decrease the extra storage space for your subscription. You can reduce the storage to as low as 1 gigabyte. To remove all of the extra storage space, contact support.

    1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Your products page.
    2. On the Products tab, select the subscription that contains the Office 365 Extra File Storage add-on.
    3. On the product details page, in the Add-ons section, select Manage add-ons.
    4. In the Manage add-ons pane, from the Add-on list, choose Office 365 Extra File Storage.
    5. In the Quantity text box, enter the number of GBs of storage space that you want for the subscription.
    6. Select Save.

    Is my plan eligible for Office 365 Extra File Storage?

    Office 365 Extra File Storage is available for the following subscriptions:

    • Office 365 Enterprise E1
    • Office 365 Enterprise E2
    • Office 365 Enterprise E3
    • Office 365 Enterprise E4
    • Office 365 Enterprise E5
    • Office 365 A3 (faculty)
    • Office 365 A5 (faculty)
    • Office for the web with SharePoint Plan 1
    • Office for the web with SharePoint Plan 2
    • SharePoint Online Plan 1
    • SharePoint Online Plan 2
    • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
    • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
    • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
    • Microsoft 365 E3
    • Microsoft 365 E5
    • Microsoft 365 F1

    Office 365 Extra File Storage is also available for GCC, GCC High, and DOD plans.

    My daughter has a 5th gen 16gb iPod Touch. We are leaving for an extended trip for 5 weeks. She would like to have one season of a tv show for her iPod for flights, buses, trains, etc. We are not planning on bringing a computer with us, and I know that 10 tv episodes will not fit on her iPod. Is there any way to store these files and access them during our trip? Do we need to rely on good internet connection and stream/download one at time?

    Posted on Jul 20, 2016 4:25 PM

    OR something more compact like these.

    With both these drives, you cannot stream iTunes movie content directly from these drives, but you can transfer/copy the video content from the drive to the iPad to play from the iPad.

    This will, also, be true of portable WiFi hard drives. You won’t be able to stream the iTunes movie content from the external drive, but you should be able to transfer/copy it to the iPad to play from the iPad.

    During iOS 8 updates, Apple secretly, covertly and underhandedly remove the ability to be able to stream purchased iTunes video content from any external storage sources.

    Posted on Jul 21, 2016 7:39 PM

    Helpful answers

    If the files do not fit you will need to work out how to stream them – that will depend on where the files came from & if you have reliable hosting & fast internet etc.

    I assume you have the files in iTunes on a computer, if that is the case consider enabling the option to sync SD movies (set in the ‘Summary’ options when syncing). If you are lucky these files will contain a HD & SD version that can allow them to sync. The App store may have the option to download SD versions if these are purchased there, try looking in your purchase history for that if the Files are HD. Get Info on each file to examine that.

    Otherwise try selecting the files in the iTunes TV Shows list & attempt to create a new version via the ‘File menu > Create iPhone/ iPod version’. It may reduce the size sufficiently to cram them onto the device.

    iTunes store purchases cannot be converted due to the DRM.

    Also consider removing apps & other files to make room, assuming they are less important compared to the videos.

    iOS lists the storage used under the ‘Settings app > General > Usage > Manage storage’, see if that gives you ideas what to clear out.

    How to add storage space to a playroom

    It’s the update PS5 players have been waiting for: you can now upgrade the PlayStation 5 SSD internal storage. But you’re going to have to jump through some hoops first.

    Outlined on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has outlined the method for increasing the amount of space for games on the console.

    And it’s a much-needed upgrade – while PS4 games can still be played from a HDD or regular external SSD on the PS5, games specifically built for the PlayStation 5 can currently only be played on the console’s high-speed internal storage. You can store PS5 games on an external drive, but if you want to play them you’ll need to transfer them to the PlayStation 5’s internal storage.

    With the PS5 only coming with 667.2GB of usable space out of the box, and games like Call of Duty: Warzone requiring 200GB of installation space, that’s quickly proving not enough. As such, getting a compatible M.2 SSD drive in the console has become a priority for many players.

    But for a company that pioneered the plug-and-play ease of the PlayStation Memory Card, it’s a relatively complicated upgrade process on the PS5, especially compared to the Xbox Series X / S Storage Expansion Card method.

    Getting ready to upgrade PS5 storage? Here’s what you need to know.

    How to upgrade PS5 storage

    First up, you’ll need to ensure you’re PS5 is running the latest system update. It’s then important that before you purchase your new M.2 SSD, it meets the specifications outlined below. We’ve also rounded up the best SSD for PS5 to make your purchasing decision easier.

    PS5 storage requirements

    Interface PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
    Capacity 250GB – 4TB
    Cooling structure Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.
    Sequential read speed 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended
    Module width 22mm width (25mm width is not supported)
    Form Factor M.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110
    Socket type Socket 3 (Key M)
    Total size including cooling structure smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

    What you’ll need

    We recommend installing a PS5 SSD on a flat surface and in a brightly lit room. You’ll also need a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver to remove two screws, one that keeps the SSD bay cover in place and another to secure the drive.

    Preparing your SSD

    If this is the first time you’re using the M.2 SSD with your PS5 console, you’ll need to format it when prompted. Just remember that formatting the SSD will delete any and all saved data on the drive, and any data deleted in this way can’t be recovered. Ever. So make sure to safely export anything that’s important to another device first if you’re not using a fresh SSD NVMe drive.

    Once your SSD is ready to be installed, you’ll then have to open up your PS5.

    Opening up the PS5

    Before we remove the PS5 faceplates, start by going to Settings > System > System Software > Console Information to check you have installed the beta system version on your PS5 and can install an NVMe SSD in the available bay.

    If you have updated your PS5, you’ll then want to press and hold the console’s power button for three seconds to turn it off. Once it’s turned off completely, remove every cable and device that was connected to the console. You might also want to wait for it to cool down a bit if you’ve been using it for a while.

    Now you’re ready to remove the PS5’s stand and open up the PS5. Lay the console flat, with the disc drive on top on your right-hand side.

    Carefully place your hands on the cover’s top corners and gently pull it up and towards yourself, you may hear a click to let you know it has detached.

    Installing the SSD

    With the cover removed you’ll want to find the expansion slot. It’s hidden behind a long rectangular metal cover and sits on the left just below where the console curves from the left edge to the top edge.

    Only one screw secures this cover at the top, so remove it and the cover using a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver. Inside the expansion slot, you’ll see another screw and a spacer, remove both of those too.

    Reposition the spacer to the size of your M.2 SSD and make sure it’s in before you install the SSD.

    To finally install your M.2 SSD, make sure it’s aligned with the notches on the expansion connector and insert it fully. Make sure it is inserted correctly, as any errors could damage your SSD and your PS5. You should hear and feel a click when it’s properly inserted.

    Using the screw you previously removed, fasten down the M.2 SSD so that it’s secured. When it is, reapply the expansion slot cover and fasten it down as well.

    To put the cover back onto your PS5, position it slightly away from the top edge and slide it back into place. Listen for a click to know it’s secured. Finally, once your PS5 is back in its desired position, reattach the stand and reconnect the AC power cord, cables, and power it back on.

    If you’ve done everything correctly the SSD formatting guide should appear on-screen to guide you through formatting your new M.2 SSD. Make sure you don’t turn off your PS5 console at all during this stage. Once the formatting is completed, your M.2 SSD should be fully installed and ready to use.