How do you stop ads from appearing automatically on your PS4’s home menu screen? This can be a source of annoyance for many, as Sony occasionally adds random icons to your already cluttered PlayStation 4 dashboard, promoting content that you don’t want. Fortunately, the platform holder’s made it really easy to prevent these forced commercials from ruining your day. Here’s how to disable Featured Content, and save yourself from a coronary in the future. Do note that the platform holder has actually started to be rather devious when it comes to PlayStation Now and ignore this option, meaning that you simply can't avoid the ads at all. If that's the case for you, then just hover over the icon, push the Options button, and select Delete to get rid of it.
How to Stop Ads Being Added to the PS4’s Dashboard
Go to Settings
From the home menu screen (where your PS4's app icons are displayed) push up and browse to the toolbox icon labelled ‘Settings’. Select it with the X button.
Go to the System submenu
From the ‘Settings’ menu scroll down the list of options until you see an entry labelled ‘System’ and select it with the X button.
Go to the Automatic Downloads submenu
From the ‘System’ submenu scroll down the list of options until you see an entry labelled ‘Automatic Downloads’ and select it with the X button.
Disable Featured Content
In the ‘Automatic Downloads’ submenu you’ll see an option labelled ‘Featured Content’. You’re going to want to ensure that this is turned off (i.e. there’s no tick in the corresponding box). Disable the feature and you’ll rid yourself of most of those bothersome dashboard ads for good. Hurrah!