How to change your PSN ID

How to change your PSN ID

Sony has finally announced it will allow PlayStation 4 owners to change their User IDs - the name you go by when you're playing games online - starting later today. From there, select Profile, and there you'll find Online ID.

You'll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser later today (April 10 for the USA and April 11 for Europe) - you'll simply need to sign in to your PlayStation Network account to do so.

PlayStation began trialling the name changes in late 2018, but are now rolling out the feature around the world, announced in a blog post on April 10.

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In line with Sony's announcement of how the feature will work six months ago, the first PSN ID name change is free.

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Not all PS4 games support the name change feature.

So proceed with caution, and if you're seriously anxious about these possibilities, perhaps skip out on changing your ID and just make a new account instead.

Old IDs are not freed for other users to chose. If you do not own a PS4, you can not change your ID through PS3 or Vita.

To avoid confusing friends, you can opt to have your old ID display next to the new one for 30 days. Sony has released a list of games with no issues, and those with some known issues, which can be found here.

On your PS4 itself by going to [Settings] then selecting [Account Management] [Account Information] [Profile] [Online ID]. Thanks to some software issues, it gets a bit more complicated depending on the games you still play. Officially, only games released for the first time after April 1st, 2018 have been created to support ID changes, and there's still one unspecified title that has problems. Sony's put together a list of tested games here. Turns out, your first ID change is free. However, it will not be supported directly on older devices such as the PS3 or PS Vita. Be sure to check the following lists of tested games before you make the actual change, otherwise, you may risk losing in-game currency (paid or earned), in-game progress, scores, trophy progress, and the game may not properly function both online and offline.

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