If you’ve recently logged onto PlayStation Network on your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, you might’ve noticed some changes. A recent PS5 software update brought some pretty drastic changes to the new console. However, even some of the basic tasks have been tweaked, such as being able to change your username. If the name you set back in 2013 now leaves you cringing, then we’ve got good news. Changing your PSN username is a simple process, and we’ll walk you through it.
How to Change PSN Username
The good news is that the username changing process is the same, regardless of whether you’re on PS4, PS5, or the PlayStation website.
- First, head to your platform’s settings tab, and head to the Online ID section
- On PS5, you’ll choose Settings > Users and Accounts > Account > Profile > Online ID
- On PS4, head to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID
- If you’re on the PlayStation website, head to Account Management > PSN Profile > Edit
- You’ll be prompted to type in a new ID, which will then be checked for suitability and availability
- If the name is appropriate and free, you’ll be given the chance to confirm your choice
Once you’ve followed these steps, you’ll be able to confirm the name change. It’s worth mentioning that this process isn’t always free. The first time you change your PSN Username, Sony offer it free of charge. However, changing it after that will cost you a fee. It’s not too pricey, at $9.99. Bear that in mind though. If you make a typo and confirm your first name change, you’ll have to pay to remedy that error.
Aside from that, changing your PSN Username is a very straightforward and painless process. It takes only a few clicks on your console’s HUD, and gives you a second chance to get your display name just right.
Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.