How to Save in GTA V: Saving Game Guide

Facing trouble saving game? Here is the complete guide for how to save in GTA V.

how to save in gta v
how to save in gta v

Over the years, GTA V has garnered over 140 million users since its release in 2013. While many claims that GTA V is one of the best video games released in the century, we cannot deny that the world of Los Santos is full of exploration and action. 

Apart from the constant adventure and thrill of GTA V, players are assigned tasks and missions that are as thrilling as the world: however, you need to keep track of them and have them saved. You may find saving in GTA V an easy task, but are you aware of the multiple ways you can save in GTA V?

The story mode in GTA V has two ways you can save: sleeping and through the current character’s phone. GTA V also comes up with the “autosave” option, allowing you to keep your game after every successful mission. However, you might want to use the manual option to have flexibility and inventory saved. 

This guide entails all the details you need to know about saving the game in GTA V. With that said, let’s get right into it.

How To Save In GTA V?


One of the quickest ways to save is to sleep in your nearest safe house. For Michael, it is his house. For Trevor, it can be his trailer or in the Gentlemens Clb. Moreover, franklin can save in his house.

In order to save, you have to go to the bedrooms of either of the characters and press the designated button near the bed.

When you sleep, the game would allow you to save manually. Remember, when your character wakes up, some hours already would’ve passed.

Usually, it’s 6 hours for Michael, 8 hours for Franklin, and 12 hours for Trevor. Get up as early as you can and grind your missions! GTA V is a world that never sleeps.

Michael Sleeping In his house in Rockford Hills
Michael is Sleeping In his house in Rockford Hills


You have to perform this by using your character’s smartphone. Press the “Up” button on your gaming pad, and the phone will come out.  In the top-left corner, you would see an arrow entering a cloud logo: that was the quicksave option.

No time would elapse while performing this act, and this is the only quickest way. The player would remain at the same place and can have up to 15 save slots for a total of these players. 

If you’re in a hurry or just got free from a brutal police pursuit, your phone is the best shot to have your data saved. Remember, quicksave is disabled during missions, and autosave would work when you complete any assignment, as said.

Franklin using his smartphone.
Franklin using his smartphone.

How To Save Game In GTA Online

For many players, saving in GTA Online may seem confusing because it is not the same as saving in the main storyline. There are multiple ways to save in GTA Online, and most of them act as autosaves, considering multiplayer doesn’t have autosave.

However, we’re here to guide you on how to save in GTA V Online properly, so you do not lose any precious cash you earned or vehicles you obtained. 

There are several ways of saving; some of them are listed here:

  • Buying items, inventory, or any vehicle
  • Changing clothes
  • Completing Missions

Changing Clothes

Saving by changing your clothes may seem odd, but it is the only quickest method of saving if you’re in a hurry. The method goes as follows:

Open the Interactive Menu on your console by using the controls on your console. PlayStation and Xbox consoles can press left on the gaming pad. After accessing the interactive menu, press the “Style” button. Afterward, press on “accessories,” and you will be able to access the clothes you can change: ranging from glasses, masks, helmets, etc.

You can also change into different outfits from the menu, such as helmet visors and race outfits.When you finally bring changes to your appearance, you will notice a yellow circle near the extreme right corner, indicating your game is being saved. 

Buying Items 

This method is quite simple and does not need much explanation. Go to your nearest Spender’s store and get a soda; your game will automatically save. The exact process goes for online purchases: any vehicle bought would save the current game.

Completing Missions

If you’re in a hurry and you have no means to save, the quickest option is to do an easy mission. For many players, Special Cargo or Street Races are some of the few missions that can help you achieve saves much early and also let you earn some cash as well. Every mission completed, regardless of side-ops or not will be included in the save.

Upon completing heists, the game is automatically saved as well, think of it as an auto-save feature that corresponds with missions and side missions.

Completing a Special Cargo Mission
Completing a Special Cargo Mission

Saving GTA V By Exiting

Many players consider this is the safe route to save GTA Online, though it may be time-consuming. Still, it is the best way to save your progress in GTA V ultimately. To execute this, go to the settings of GTA Online by pressing the “start button” on your console or PC.

After this, you will open the main menu of GTA Online; the second last option would show as “Leave GTA Online”. This option would leave you to the main loading screen, where you can see the entire city.

Even though it may take time, an average exiting loading screen time for GTA Online can last up to 7 minutes. However, this is your best chance at getting a secured save. 

Ending the game using the settings to save game, or end session.
Ending the game using the settings to save the game, or end the session.


GTA V is an incredibly vast game with endless possibilities and adventure. You surely don’t want to miss every opportunity to spend time in GTA V hobbies and pastimes, while looking for inventory that overpowers you, right? That is why autosave is crucial, and saving is extremely useful.

Everything in GTA V is technically an autosave, from buying clothes or vehicles, completing missions, or transferring money. However, Online may seem difficult or time-consuming to save compared to the storyline.

We have explained all the ways you can save your progress in GTA V; let us know in the comments which way you prefer to save your game in GTA Online.

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