How to Change Your PSN Name Now on PS4

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Last updated on December 1st, 2019

Changing your Playstation Network ID or PSN ID is one of the most requested features by users on the PlayStation platform. Sony has finally enabled the ability to change your PSN username.

Why is this a big deal? Because it gives you the ability to change that dreaded name you made all those years back.

In this post, we’ll go through the steps to change your username. We suggest reading through this post first before attempting the name change. There are some important details you should know.

How Do I Change My PSN Name?

To change your PSN ID from your PlayStation 4:

  • Step 1: From your PS4 go to [Settings].
  • Step 2: Select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID].
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

To change your PSN ID from your Browser:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your PlayStation Network account and select PSN Profile in the menu.
  • Step 2: Select the Edit button that’s next to your Online ID.
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  • Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

 

How Will My Friends See me After Changing my Name?

After changing your name through the initial step-by-step process, you’ll have the option to display your old ID next to your new one for approx. 30 days to make it easier for people on your friends list to know you changed your ID.

Can I Change my PSN ID On my PlayStation 3?

Unfortunately, the name change does not work on any other PlayStation products like the PS3 or the PS Vita. The PS4 or web browser is the only option.

How Much Does the PSN Name Change Cost?

The first name change is free. Changes after that will cost $9.99 and for PlayStation Plus members, it’ll cost $4.99 for each change after the first one.

In case you’re wondering, there are no restrictions on the number of times you can change your online ID. And if for some reason you want to revert to any of your previous IDs, you can revert back to your old name (for free) as long as it doesn’t violate Sony’s Terms of Service.

To revert to an old name, you’ll have to contact PlayStation support.

One thing to note is that child accounts cannot change their names. If the little ones want to change their name, they’ll have to create a new ID.

What Happens to my Old PSN IDs?

Any name you come up with including previous names are linked to your account. This means that if you change your name and someone else wants to take it, they won’t be able to.

Are There Any Issues With the PSN Name Change?

With technology, features always come with some sort of issues right? The PSN name change is no exception.

Some issues that can occur:

  • The previous online ID may remain visible
  • You may lose progress with previous games
  • Includes save data
  • Leader-board data
  • Acquired trophies/ trophy progression
  • Games and Apps may not function properly online or offline
  • May lose access to content add-ons like VC

If anything like this occurs or anything not mentioned on the PlayStation website, your best bet will be to revert to your previous Online ID that didn’t experience these issues. This should help resolve them.

What Games Does the PSN Name Change Effect?

The PlayStation support page lists many games that support this feature. Sony also states that games developed after April 1, 2018, supports the name change.

This seems that any game made before this date may run into some issues post name change. The severity of the issue may depend on game to game.

Check out PlayStation’s list of games for known issues. This may help determine if the process will be worth it.