How To Hide Games on the PS4
Like most PlayStation 4 users, there’s a good chance your digital game library is a little disorganized and messy. As you continue to buy, play, and forget about games, your library becomes full of PS4 titles that you aren’t currently playing. This can make it quite challenging to navigate through your library and find the game you want.
Fortunately, the PS4 does offer the feature to hide any and every game in your library that you want. If you wish to hide games you’ve already beaten, or you’re just trying to get a little bit more organized, all it takes is a few simple steps to clean up your PS4 library. In addition to hiding games from your library, you can also modify your activity feed, in case you want to have a bit more privacy when gaming.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at how you can hide your games from your PS4 library and how to hide your activity feed.
Can You Hide Certain Games on PS4?
So, your PS4 library is cluttered with tens or even hundreds of video game titles, many of which you aren’t interested in playing at the moment. If only there was a way to clean things up a little bit to make it easier to find the games you do want to play.
Well, fortunately, your PS4 allows you to do exactly that. With just a few quick steps, you can hide any game you want in your PS4 library.
Hiding Games in the Gaming Library
If you don’t want certain games to appear when you list your gaming library, you can hide them in a few steps:
- Turn on your PS4 and wait for the Dashboard to load.
- From your dashboard, scroll over to your Library.
- In the Library, go to Purchased to see all of the games you’ve purchased on your PSN account.
- Go to any game that you want to hide from this menu.
- Press the Options key on your PS4 controller.
- Find Do Not Show Content Item in (Purchased) and click on it.
By following these steps, you can make any game in your library disappear, and only the games that you want to be seen will remain visible. And don’t worry, you’re not getting rid of these games. You’re just hiding them from view to de-clutter your library.
Keep in mind, though, and this only applies to the ‘Purchased’ section of your library. If you sort by any other category, the games you’ve hidden will still appear.
How to Reveal Hidden Library Games
In time, you may change your mind about hiding some of your games. Here is how you can reveal hidden games:
- Navigate back to your Library.
- Press Options on your controller.
- Choose Check Hidden Content Items
Wait for the system to process your request, and you will see all of your hidden games again.
It should be noted that this option will reveal any and all games that you have hidden. So, if you only want to unhide one particular game, you will have to go back and manually hide every other game again.
Hiding Games in Your Activity Feed
Privacy is important. You should always have control over what information other PS4 users can see about you.
Your activity feed is a place where other users can check out which games you play, your scores, your trophies, and more. If you want to hide some games, so other users don’t see your activity, you can use this method:
- Go to your Profile menu.
- Choose Games.
- Pick any game on the list.
- Press the Options key on your controller.
- Pick Hidden Games Settings. A new window will pop up.
- Select Hidden Games for PS4.
- Choose all the games that you want to hide from your activity feed.
Keep in mind that when you hide a game from your activity feed, you will still be able to see it from your profile. The only change is that other users who visit your profile will not see any information about the chosen games.
Hide Activity Log with an Alternative Method
You can also adjust your activity feed via your PlayStation 4 Privacy Settings. To access your Privacy Settings, navigate to the Settings option at the top right of your PS4 dashboard. A toolbox icon represents the Settings menu.
Once inside the Settings menu, scroll until you find the option to access your Privacy Settings. Before you can customize these settings, you will have to re-enter your account password. So, be sure to have your account login information on hand.
In the Privacy Settings menu, scroll down until you see the Hidden Games option. When you select it, it will take you back to your activity feed. From there, you can choose which games to hide from your activity feed.
How to Reveal Hidden Activity Feed Games
If you ever want to unhide your activity feed games, you can do so easily. Just follow these three steps:
- Access your Hidden Games menu. You can use either of the two methods previously explained in this article.
- Uncheck all the games that you wish to reveal again.
- Confirm changes.
This will return all the games you uncheck back to the activity feed. This means that all new information will be visible to everyone. This includes all your latest scores and trophies that you earned, your playing time, plus all of your activity during the time the game was hidden.
Of course, if you change your mind, you can always go back and hide the game from your activity feed again.
How to Delete Games on Your PS4
Let’s cover how to completely remove a game off of your PS4. Sometimes hiding the content isn’t enough, the game is still technically there taking up memory. If you want to free up some space and remove that game you no longer play do this:
- Visit the PlayStation Library just as you did above.
- Highlight the game you wish to delete by scrolling over to it
- Click the options button on the controller
- Use the pop-out menu on the right-hand side to highlight ‘Delete’ and click it
- Press ‘OK’ to confirm
The Games will still be available for download in the future.
Digital clutter can be very annoying. When it comes to your PS4, it’s easy for your library to become messy as you continue to buy and play a variety of different games. Fortunately, there are ways to hide your games from view and to hide your activity to increase your privacy.