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How to change your PlayStation username

It’s not always easy to change your PlayStation Network (PSN) account name. In fact, it was until April 2019 that Sony has allowed account holders to do so. Now each account is allowed to change their username once for free. Any changes after that are subject to a fee: $4.99 if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, or $9.99 for everyone else.

Whether you’ve been using your username more than your username, or you simply want to change it, we’ll walk you through the process. However, there are some caveats to take first.

If you primarily play newer games (specifically games released after April 1, 2018), Sony says you won’t have many, if any, problems with the name change. used because those games were developed to support this feature. But if you still enjoy games from earlier in the PS4 era, that’s a different story. Sony created a list game with known problems which you may encounter if you change your username.

Just before you change your name, Sony will remind you in a number of ways that some of your precious save game data could be affected, whether it’s stored locally or in the cloud:

  • Your previous online ID may still be visible to you and other players in some regions
  • You may lose progress in games, including game saved data, leaderboard data and Title winning progress
  • Parts of your games and apps may not work properly both online and offline
  • You may lose access to content (including paid content) that you may have obtained for your game, including content such as add-ons and virtual currency

If you still want to change your username, here’s how:

Using a web browser

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Simply navigate to your PSN Profile tab and click Edit ID Online

  • Your first step is Sign in to your Sony account. After doing that, you’ll see your PSN account name (Sony calls it your “online ID”) as the top option in the window. Click “Edit” to change your username.

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  • Before you can proceed, Sony will issue the warnings listed above. Click “I accept” if you want to continue.

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  • There are more warnings in the next step. Sony informs you that if you run into problems, you can revert your changes and get your old username back. However, it also warns that doing so may not fix the problems if they arise. In other words, there is a chance that something will mess up. If you are calm about the risk, move forward.

Using PlayStation 4

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The Settings menu is on the far right of the main screen on PS4

  • On the PS4 main console, navigate to “Settings” and select it

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The Account Management tab in the Settings menu

  • Scroll through the list until you find the “Manage Accounts” option. Click that, then select “Account Info” > “Profile” > “Online ID”.
  • You’ll see the same warnings that Sony shows to browser users before allowing username changes
  • After accepting these warnings, you can enter a new username

Using PlayStation 5

The process for changing your username on PlayStation 5 is similar to what you’d see on PlayStation 4, with some minor changes related to menu layout and navigation.

  • On the PS5 main console, navigate to “Settings” and select it
  • Select “Users and accounts” > “Accounts” > “Profile”
  • You’ll see the same warnings that Sony shows to browser users before allowing username changes
  • After accepting these warnings, you will be asked to enter your existing PSN credentials before entering a new username

How do I get my old username back?

According to Sony, you can revert to an older username for free by contacting PlayStation Support Team. They are available by phone on weekdays from 6am to 6pm PT and chat online on weekdays from 6am to 10pm PT and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT.

As I mentioned earlier, keep in mind that Sony does not guarantee that reverting to your old username will fix any problems you may have with your new username.

Update March 8, 2022, 2:20 PM ET: This article was originally published August 15, 2019 and has been updated to include a section on how to change your username on PS5.

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