How To Use The PS4 Internet Browser | New And Updated 2021!

If you are new to PlayStation 4, you may not right away realize that you can also use it to visit websites. In this article, we’ll show you how to open and use the PS4 Internet Browser app and configure some of its settings to make it more efficient.

Does the PlayStation 4 have an internet browser?

The PS4 is an excellent gaming console but despite being totally designed for gaming, you may be surprised to know that it also has a functional web browser. Just like a regular browser in a PC or smartphone, the PS4 web browser lets you browse the world wide web by simply typing in the URL or domain you want to visit in the address bar. 

This built-in internet browser has a very good interface despite it being not that necessary in a gaming console. You can access the keyboard rather easily and frequently used buttons are assigned to your controller’s buttons. For example, after typing in the search term, you simply have to press the R2 button instead of looking for the “search” key or “enter” key.

If you are fond of using Google to search for something, you simply have to press the triangle button to access it, which is a lot better than typing in the address in the address bar.

How to open and use the PS4 internet browser?

Accessing your PS4 browser is simple. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Turn on your PS4.
  2. Go your PS4 Home screen.
  3. Find the Internet Browser tile. It should have a WWW icon. If the www icon is not there, go under Library>Apps.
  4. Highlight the Internet Browser tile and press the Circle button on your controller.
  5. You can now start using the browser. To open a website, simply type in the URL at the at address bar at the top part, then press the R2 button to open it.

Can the PS4 browser play videos?

Yes. Your PS4 web browser can both open websites and play videos from a website too.

Can the PS4 browser be deleted?

Unlike your PS4 games, the PS4 web Browser application cannot be deleted from the system. The only option that you can do with it when you highlight the Internet Browser tile from the Home screen and press the Option button is Add to Folder.

How to create a bookmark on PS4 web browser?

One of the convenient functions in the PS4 Browser app is its ability to allow you to save a website using its Bookmarks feature. This makes it super easy in the future to open your favorite website by simply creating a visible shortcut that you can click without needing to re-type the domain in the address bar.

To save a bookmark:

  1. Open the web browser.
  2. Type in the domain name (such as TheDroidGuy.com) in the address bar.
  3. On your controller, press the OPTIONS button.
  4. Select Add Bookmark.
  5. A new screen with two boxes should be displayed. The first box should be for the Bookmark Name you’re creating and the second is for the Address.
  6. If you’re satisfied with the information on screen, select the OK button.

How to access your Bookmarks

In order to find your bookmarks list, just open the browser, press Options button, and select Bookmarks. To load any of the websites, just select one and press the Circle button.

How to delete a Bookmark

If you want to delete a previously saved bookmark, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press the Options button on the controller.
  3. Highlight the website you want to delete.
  4. Press the Options button.
  5. Select Delete by pressing the Circle button.
  6. Put a check on the box of the item that you want to delete.
  7. Select the Delete button at the bottom right.
  8. Select OK to confirm.

How to delete browsing history in PS4 web browser?

In order to deliver relevant information and to work efficiently, the PS4 browser also keeps tab of all your browsing activities such as a list of the websites you’ve visited. If you want to clear your browsing history due to privacy concern, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press the Options button on the controller.
  3. Select Browsing History.
  4. Press the Options button on the controller.
  5. Select Clear Browsing History.
  6. Select OK to confirm.

How to manage cookies on PS4 browser?

Your PS4 also keeps cookies to make your browsing experience faster. Cookies are system-specific information like your preferences when browsing, the state of your account while visiting a website (signed in or logged out), among other things. While these may not sound that important, they are still considered personal information and you can prevent them from being harvested by Sony and other companies by deleting them from your machine.

How to prevent your PS4 browser from keeping cookies

If you want to block your console from saving cookies while browsing, follow these steps:

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press the Options button on the controller.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Uncheck the box next to Allow Cookies.

How to delete cookies 

Deleting the already stored cookies is as simple as blocking new ones from being saved. Here’s how:

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press the Options button on the controller.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select Delete Cookies.
  5. Select OK to confirm.

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