Here's How To Change Your Online ID on PlayStation, Available to All This Week

By Sam Quirke, 3 months ago
PlayStation Blog has revealed that the PSN Online ID change system is rolling out to all users starting today. Although the change pages are not showing any options as of yet, PS Blog has the low down on how it works.

First, the bad news. When the system was first announced, it was a blow to hear that changing your PSN Online ID could cause irreperable problems with games release prior to April 2018. After the testing period, it turns out that at least one game released after April last year is also experiencing issues, meaning that Sony cannot guarantee that your PSN Online ID change will not cause problems with later releases.

We have a list of games with critical issues which you should look at before deciding to move over your Online ID to a new name. We will aim to keep this updated with the latest information.

So how do you go about changing your name, if you accept the risks? Here's the steps to do so on PlayStation 4 and on your web browser. You cannot change your ID via your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.

How To Change Your Online ID on PlayStation 4 and on Web Browser

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.

Web 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 Much Does It Cost To Change Your PlayStation Online ID?

The first Online ID change is completely free — subsequent changes will cost you $9.99 in the US and a similar amount in other territories. You can change as many times as you like. Reverting to your old ID is possible and has no charge.

How Will My Friends Know My New Online ID?

Once you have changed your ID you can choose to display your old ID next to it for the first 30 days while your friends get used to the new name.

What Are the Risks To Changing My Online ID?

Some issues that may be encountered in games that haven't been tested are:
  • Your previous Online ID may remain visible to you and other players in some areas.
  • You may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies.
  • Parts of your game and applications may not function properly both online and offline.
  • You may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency.

How Do I Update My Profile on TrueTrophies After Changing My Online ID?

Check out our handy guide to updating your profile on our site after you have changed your Online ID. If you run into any problems after following the guide, make sure to let us know.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been gaming long enough to know the pain of a failed DOS install on the fifth floppy disc. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books of all genres or trading Pokémon with his wife.