How to change PS4 ID online: When you signed up for PlayStation 4, you did it in a “distracted” way, choosing a goliardic, if not totally random, ID that is now really close to you. You have thought several times of abandoning it and creating a new one, but you would not want to lose all the purchases and data connected to it, so you opened Google and searched for a possible solution to the problem, ending up on this guide of mine.
Well, I’d say you’ve come to just the right place at the right time! In the guide you are about to read, in fact, you will find explained how to change PS4 ID online taking advantage of the possibility that, since April 2018, Sony offers to all its users. This is not a procedure without contraindications, on the contrary (read the chapter with the preliminary information of this tutorial to understand what I mean), but the result, that is the change of ID online without creating a new one, is guaranteed.
So, whether you have a first generation “fat” PS4, a PS4 Slim or a PS4 Pro, don’t worry: set aside five minutes for yourself, put into practice the instructions below and I assure you that you will succeed. in your intent. If, then, you do not have your PlayStation 4 at your fingertips at the moment, don’t worry: you can also act from a computer or smartphone using, respectively, the Sony portal and the official PlayStation App. You just have to choose the path that seems most comfortable for you and put my directions into practice. Now, however, ban the chatter and let’s take action!
Before explaining to you how to change PS4 ID onlineit is my duty to explain to you that this operation can have many contraindications.
- Not all PS4 games support online ID change. All PS4 games released as of April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature, but they are not guaranteed to be unproblematic after the actual ID change. To make sure your games support changing your ID online, please see dedicated page of the PlayStation website. Also be aware that PS3, PS Vita and PS / TV games and apps do not support the online ID change functionality.
- Changing your online ID may make it impossible to access purchased content for gamessuch as add-ons and virtual currencies.
- Changing your online ID can cause you to lose game progressincluding saved game data, leaderboard data and progress towards trophies.
- Some parts of games and applications may not work properlyboth online and offline, after the ID change.
- Despite the change of IDin some situations the previous ID may remain visible (even for other players).
Also, you need to know that underage accounts cannot change their ID online and that theoperation is not always free: the first change of ID is free, while any subsequent changes are charged € 9.99 each.
How to change PS4 name online ID
Having made the necessary clarifications above, I would say that we can take action and see, together, how to change the ID online on PS4. The operation can be carried out directly by consolefrom computer or from smartphone And Tablet: you choose the road that seems most comfortable to you and follow the instructions I am about to give you (making sure that the name you intend to use respects the PSN terms of service).
If you intend to act directly from yours PS4first take care of save game state possibly running on the console. Then check that the PlayStation is correctly connected to the Internet And associated with the online ID that you intend to modify.
To check the status of the Internet connection on PS4, go to the menu Settings console (the briefcase icon located at the top right of the PlayStation menu), then go to Network> Configure Internet Connection and, if necessary, set up a new connection Wifi (by selecting the wireless network to connect to and entering its passkey) or one connection with network cable (to connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable). For the walkthrough, read my tutorial on how to get on the internet with PS4.
To check the ID associated with the console, instead, go to the menu Settings> Account Management. If you find that you are using a different user profile than the one you want, call up the quick menu of PlayStation, by holding down the button for a few seconds PS of the pad, go up Shutdown and select the option for change user.
At this point, to make the online ID change, go to the menu Settings PS4 (the briefcase icon located at the top right of the console’s main menu), and select the items Account Management> Account Information> Profile> Online ID from the latter.
Then press on the buttons I accept And Go onlog in to your PSN account, type the new online ID you want to use, in the appropriate text field and, after checking its availability, press the button Confirmation.
At this point, choose whether to continue showing yours old ID in brackets on the PSN or whether to show only the new online ID and press the button Confirmation, to complete the procedure. As already pointed out above, the operation is free for the first change, after which it costs 9.99 euros for each subsequent change made to the ID (with the possibility of going back in case of need, as I will explain soon).
Once the ID has been changed, sign in back to your profile and check that everything is working correctly.
At the moment you do not have your PS4 at hand or, simply, do you find it more comfortable to operate from a PC using a mouse and keyboard? No problem: connect to the PlayStation official site using your favorite browser (although I recommend Chromefor compatibility reasons), click on the button for log inlocated at the top right, and log in to your PSN account.
At this point, move the mouse pointer over the Your name (top right) and select the item from the menu that opens Account settings. Then log into your PSN account again, choose the item PSN profile from the left sidebar and click on the button first Editplaced in correspondence with the option Online IDand then on those I accept And Go on.
Almost there: type the new Online ID you want to use on your PS4, tap on the item Check availability to check its availability and, if this is actually free, confirm to use it as your new ID on the console. It was easy, wasn’t it?
Smartphones and tablets
If you haven’t gotten the app in question yet, open your device’s store (Play Store if you use an Android or App Store if you’re using an iOS one), search “PlayStation” within the latter and first tap on the app icon in the search results and then on the button Get / Install. If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you may need to verify your identity with Face ID, Touch ID, or Apple ID password.
Once installation is complete, start the PlayStation App, log into your PSN account and tap the icon of thelittle man (bottom right), to access the management page of your profile.
At this point, press the button Edit profileselect the item Additional profile settingslog back into the PSN and tap the button first Editplaced next to yours Online IDand then on those Accept And Go on.
Now, type the new online ID you want to use on the PS4, in the appropriate text field, press the button Check availabilityto check its availability and, if this is free, confirm to use it on your account.
What to do in case of problems
As widely emphasized in the chapter dedicated to preliminary information, changing your ID online on PS4 involves various possible “contraindications”. If you have encountered problems with games or applications on your PlayStation as a result of this operation, you may think of restore your old online ID you hate contact Sony support, in order to try to solve the problems you have encountered. For more details, read on.
Restore the previous online ID
If you have encountered serious problems following the change of ID on PS4, you can request the restore the old ID to Sony support. Restoration is free and can also be done after multiple ID changes. In fact, the modified IDs remain in the availability of the original owner and cannot be assigned to other users.
To request a reset of your old online ID, log in to Sony Support Official Siteyou write “online ID reset” in the search field and come on Enter. Then select the icon related to PS4scroll to the bottom of the page that opens and click on the button Call us.
You will then be shown the Sony phone number and the times when the telephone assistance service of the Japanese group is available. Therefore, get in touch with Sony support and explicit, to the operator who will reply, your desire to restore the old PS4 online ID.
As also indicated on the Sony website, you may need to provide i your PSN account details or the console serial numberso keep them handy during the call.
If you don’t want to restore your old online ID on PS4 but you have any problems or doubts related to the ID change you want to solve, you can consult the Sony Support Official Site (as I explained to you in the previous step of the guide) or consult the official pages dedicated specifically to problems after changing the online ID and at characteristics of the function in question.