Finally, in the last few days, you have managed to carve out some free time to play some PlayStation games with your friends. Well, great idea: going back to having some fun never hurts, especially with online multiplayer challenges.
But there is one thing that bothers you a lot: that stupid name, which you are now ashamed of, that you gave to your account when you were 14 or younger. You probably don’t want your friends and all the other players to see such a name again and you desperately want to change it before you can ridicule yourself in front of everyone.
If you find yourself in this situation too, then don’t worry: in this guide I will explain to you how to change name on PS4. I’ll walk you through the different types of usernames that are associated with you, your account or your console, their functions, and how to change them. You can’t wait, right? Great, have your PlayStation Network login credentials handy and read on!
- Preliminary information
- Change Name on PS4
- Change Real Name on PS4
- From PS4
- From computer
- From smartphones and tablets
- Change your online ID on PS4
- From PS4
- From Computer
- From smartphones and tablets
Before starting, you need to know that there are actually three names in your PSN Account: the First name, L’Online ID and the Real name. All you have to do is find the name you want to change and follow my instructions.
The First name it is part of your basic account information and is used by Sony Entertainment Network in email communications. This name is never shared with other players on PlayStation Network and actually consists of two fields: First name And Last name.
The Real name, it is also part of the PSN profile information. It actually consists of 3 fields: First name, Second name And Last name. Real name is publicly displayed on PlayStation Network. In any case, you have nothing to fear: through the PSN Privacy Settings you can select who can see yours Real name.
L’Online ID, is part of your PSN profile and is the nickname that all users and players can see on PlayStation Network. You must pay particular attention toOnline ID, as, once configured, it can be changed only once for free, after which each change involves an outlay of 9.99 euros. In addition, the online ID change may result in the loss of some content (including paid) purchased for games and the progress of some titles (including trophies). In short, this is a very delicate fact, to be changed only in case of real need.
If everything is clear so far, I would say to take action and see, together, how to change all the information covered by this tutorial. Enjoy your reading and have fun!
Change Name on PS4
The Name change on PS4 it is a very simple operation to perform. First, go from your browser to the page dedicated to the PlayStation Network and click on the button Log in, top right. After entering your Login ID (your email address) and yours Password, confirm by clicking on the button again Log in, which this time is at the bottom on a blue background. Now that you have successfully logged into your account, click on the box at the top right, which shows your profile picture or avatar, then select the item Account settings.
Now you are on the page dedicated to Basic information about your account: the first field you find in the information list is the one relating to First name. To change the First name, press the button Edit to the right of your current name. Once you have clicked the “Edit” button, a small window will open in the foreground showing the two fields, First name And Last name. Then enter your details, bearing in mind that you will not be able to use spaces or symbols and that this change will affect all services of Sony and its partners linked to your account. To confirm, press the key Save, then select OK.
Very good: from now on, all communications you receive via email from Sony Entertainment Network will use this new name.
Change Real Name on PS4
If you want to change the real name associated with your PSN account, you can act directly from PS4, from a computer or from a smartphone and tablet: everything is explained below.
To change the real name associated with your PSN account directly from the PS4, turn on the console, select yours user profile and go to the menu Settingsby selecting the icon carrying case located at the top right (you have to press on to view it in the PlayStation main menu).
Now, go on Account management, then on account information, Profile And First name. Then type First name, Second name And Last name you want to use for your account, click on the button Confirmation (bottom right) and that’s it.
If you prefer to act as a PC, first go to the page dedicated to the PlayStation Network and click on the button Log in, which you find at the top right. Then enter your login credentials (email address And password) and select Log in to continue.
Also at the top right, you will find a box that shows your profile photo or your avatar: click on it, then press on Account settings. This will take you to the page that contains basic information about your account: from here, move the mouse cursor to the left sidebar and click on PSN profile, which you find under the heading PlayStation Network.
At this point, in the items presented to you, you will find, in second place, the field Real name. To edit your Real name, click the button Edit, which is to the right of the current name. Now a new window will open in which you can fill in the fields First name, Second name And Last name, using letters, spaces, hyphens and apostrophes. Once your edit is complete, press Save to finish, then OK to confirm.
From now on, the new name you entered will be publicly displayed on PlayStation Network. If you want to change the options for who can see yours Real name, go back to the left sidebar and click on PSN privacy settings, then select the tab Personal Information | Messaging.
Now, click on the button Edit located to the right of the fields Real name in the search, Real name in the friends list And Real name in games, to select who can have access to the respective information, and that’s it.
You can edit your own Real name also from yours PS4. In this case, you need to go to Settings, Account management, to select Account information and finally, Profile. Easier than that?
From smartphones and tablets
Do you currently have neither your PS4 nor a computer at hand? No problem: you can also change your real name on PSN using the PlayStation App official for Android and iOS.
Once you have started the app in question and logged into your PSN account, go to your profile page by pressing the icon of thelittle man located at the bottom right, then press the button Edit profile and select the item Additional profile settings.
At this point, log back into your PSN account, press the button Edit at yours real name and fill out the form that is proposed to you with first name, second name And last name. Then press the button Save (bottom right) and the changes will be saved instantly.
Change your online ID on PS4
If your intent is change online ID on PS4, know that from April 2019 this operation is feasible, both from the console and from the PSN website, however it brings with it several contraindications.
Given that online ID change is only officially supported by titles published since April 2018 (others may have various problems following the ID change), the operation may result in the loss of content purchased for the games (including virtual currencies) and the loss of the progress of the games (including trophies ). Furthermore, it must be said that the first change of ID is free, while the others cost 9.99 euros each.
All clear? Well, then I would say that, at this point, we can take action and see, in detail, how to change the PS4 online ID from the console and browser.
To change your account’s online ID from PS4, turn on the console and select yours user profile. Then go to the menu Settingsby selecting the icon carrying case located at the top right (you have to press on in the main PlayStation menu to view it) and go up Account Management> Account Information> Profile> Online ID.
Then press on the buttons I accept And Continues, log into your PSN account and type the new online ID you want to use for your account in the appropriate text field. You can help you with the tips you see on the right if you want.
Once you have found an ID that is not yet in use by other users, click on the button Confirmation and choose whether to continue showing your old name in brackets within the PSN or to show others only the new online ID. Come on then confirmation And that’s it.
Now you just have to press the button Log in, type the password of your PSN account and press the button Log in to log in to your profile again.
If you prefer to act as a computer, you can change your ID online via the official PlayStation site. To proceed, then connected to the site in question, click on the button for log in located at the top right and log in with your PSN account.
At this point, move the mouse cursor over the Your name (top right) and select the item Account settings from the menu that opens. Then log in to your account again, select the item PSN profile from the left sidebar and click on the button Edit corresponding to the option Online ID.
Now, click on the buttons I accept And Continues, type the new Online ID and press on the item Check availability to verify its availability and, if necessary, adopt it.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to act as a smartphone or tablet, you can take advantage of the online ID change function offered by PlayStation App official for Android and iOS.
Then start the app in question, log in to your PSN account (if necessary) and go to your profile page by pressing the icon of thelittle man located at the bottom right. At this point, press the button Edit profile, select the item Additional profile settings, log back into the PSN and then press the button Edit placed next to yours Online ID.
On the page that opens, click on the buttons Accept And Continues, type the new online ID you want to use on PS4 in the form that is proposed to you and press the button Check availability to verify its availability and, if necessary, confirm its adoption. Easier than that?