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Fortnite Won’t Update PS4 – Reasons & Fixes

Fortnite Won’t Update PS4 – Reasons & Fixes

Fortnite is a very popular game amongst gamers across the globe, but some players report that it won’t update on their PS4 gaming console.

In this article, we’ll explain why the update fails on your gaming console and which methods can help you get rid of this unpleasant problem.

Why won’t Fortnite update on PS4?

  • Low disk space.
  • Slow internet connection speed.
  • Corrupt Fortnite game data.
  • Server-side issue on Epic Games.
  • Outdated PS4 system software. 
  • Temporary PS4 system glitches. 

What to do if your Fortnite is not updating on PS4?

Restart the Console

The first solution to fix the Fortnite update issue is to reboot your PS4 console. To do this: 

  • Press & hold “PlayStation (PS).” 
  • Choose “Power.”
  • Choose “Restart PS4.”

After restarting your console, check whether Fortnite is updating now. Otherwise, power cycle your PS4 this way:

  • Unplug the power cable of your PS4 from the wall outlet. 
  • Wait 30 seconds so that the console can refresh its system.
  • Plug back the PS4 power cable into the mains, and your PS4 should start to update when it turns on!

Clean Up Some Storage Space

Fortnite new updates contain fixes for bugs, new features, and other improvements that require sufficient storage on your PS4 to install. However, if the console is running low on disk space, Fortnite won’t update to the latest version. 

The best solution here is to check your PS4 storage and delete unnecessary apps or games to free up some space. Here’s how:

  • Open “Settings.”
  • Go down to “Storage.”
  • Choose “System Storage.”
  • Select “Applications.”
  • Select the games/apps (that you want to remove). 
  • Choose “Delete.”

Once enough space is available on your PS4, try updating Fortnite again, and it should proceed without any problems. 

Troubleshoot the Internet Connection

An unstable or slow internet connection speed often leads to connection drops during the game update process on your PS4. This corrupts the downloaded data and forces you to restart the update all over again. 

To determine whether this is the cause, test your network speed, and if it is below the minimum requirement, do these steps to get a stable network speed:

  • Power cycle your router or modem by unplugging it from the mains for 30 seconds and plugging it back in. 
  • Try closing all other applications or games on your PS4 or disconnecting unnecessary devices connected to your network to troubleshoot bandwidth hogs.
  • Connect your PS4 directly to the router using a wired connection (ethernet cable) for a more stable internet speed. 
  • Connect to the closest Matchmaking Region in Fortnite settings to reduce ping. 

Rebuild the Database

Some users suggest that rebuilding the database on their console also helped them resolve the update issue in Fortnite. Here’s how:

  • Connect the PS controller to the console using a USB cable.
  • Press “Power” on the controller for three seconds to turn off your gaming console.
  • Press & hold “Power” again for seven seconds until you hear a second beep sound.

Now, your PlayStation 4 will go into Safe Mode; follow these instructions to rebuild the database:

  • Press “PS” on controller. 
  • Select “Rebuild Database” from the menu.
  • Press “X.”
  • Choose “OK” to start the scan.

Your PS4 will now scan the drive and files and create a new database of all content. Once the process is complete, check your downloads to confirm if Fortnite is updating now.

Reinstall Fortnite

Another reason can be that its game files are corrupt due to interrupted downloads, software glitches, or 10022 error codes

To resolve this problem, reinstall Fortnite on your PS4 by following these steps:

  • Go to “Library.”
  • Choose “Games.”
  • Highlight “Fortnite.”
  • Press “Options.”
  • Choose “Delete.”
  • Select “OK.”

Next, go to “PlayStation Store,” search for “Fortnite” in the Games section, and install the updated game version on your PS4. 

Update PS4 Software

If your PS4 is running an older version, it may not be compatible with the latest Fortnite updates. As a result, when you start the game update, it won’t show up in the “Downloads” section of the console or stay stuck on the progress bar.

To resolve this problem, update your PS4 software to the latest version this way: 

  • First, make sure that your PS4 is connected to a fast internet connection. 
  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Choose “System Software Update.”
  • Choose “Next” if a new software version is available.
  • Select “Update.”

After doing this, proceed to update Fortnite and confirm if this helps. 

NOTE: Outdated PS4 software also causes Fornite to stop responding and show a black screen.

Check Epic Games Server

Epic Games occasionally faces server issues or downtime due to scheduled maintenance or overload. For this reason, when you try to update Fortnite on your console, the process slows down or fails altogether. 

To check the server status, visit the official Epic Games Public Status page or their social media channels for updates on any ongoing issues.

If the Epic Games server is down, you may need to wait for their tech team to get it back online. Once everything is back up and running, update the game again, and hopefully, the problem won’t bother you anymore.


In this article, we’ve discussed why Fortnite won’t update to the latest version on your PS4 console and how you can resolve this glitch without too much effort.  

Hopefully, you’ve found this article helpful and can now enjoy all the latest game features and content that Fortnite has to offer on your gaming console. 

However, if you can’t seem to figure out the problem further, contact the Epic Game Support team to report it to them, and they may be able to help you in this regard.


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at Ahmed Tauqeer