How to use the PS5’s web browser

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Although Sony announced at launch that the PlayStation 5 would not come with a web browser, there seems to be a way around this dilemma. A dedicated web browser was available on most previous systems – including the portable versions of the PS3, PS4, and PlayStation. Now the current generation has its own version, but it’s a bit difficult to find.

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There are two main approaches to accessing the secret web browser on the PS5. Let’s examine both methods and see what exactly you can do with the browser in its current state.

Unlock PS5 Web Browser Using Twitter

The fairly “long road” to the PS5 web browser is through the Twitter login portal by linking your PS account to the social media site. To get there, do the following:

  • Go to The settings, then Users and Accounts.

  • Select the option “Connection with other services“and click on Twitter.

  • You may already have linked your Twitter to your account. In that case, you have to first unlink it for this to work.

  • When linking or relinking your account instead of automatically signing in to your Twitter, click the Twitter logo at the top of the mini website.

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  • Sign up now and you should see your Twitter feed just like a normal browser window on a PC or mobile device.

While this version of the PS5 web browser doesn’t let you enter specific URLs, you can search Twitter far and wide for a variety of links to crawl the web. It’s not the most streamlined approach or the most fluid, but at least you’re using the raw power of the PS5 to surf the web.

Accessing the PS5 web browser from PS Messages

There’s another super-secret and much simpler approach to accessing the user-discovered PS5 web browser D_Ashido on Reddit. This method requires the use of the PS messaging system. You can simply have one of your friends send you the link to any website of your choice, or you can send it to them yourself. After that, just access it through the messages on your PS5.

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This approach is much, much easier than the Twitter account login, but also very limited in its overall functionality. The PS5 was clearly not suitable for internet surfing and is intended solely as a game console. With Google loaded in the secret browser, you can theoretically access any website, but videos and some pictures are difficult to load. You also still can’t enter specific URLs in the top bar.

There is a purported method of accessing the web browser using the PS5 User Manual, but the video required to start YouTube may not load properly (like trying to replicate it). This could possibly be a third approach, but it looks like the above route via messaging links seems to be the fastest and most rational, despite the currently very limited use case for the PS5 web browser.

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