How to Create a PlayStation Network Account

There are several ways to make a PSN account

What to Know

  • Computer: Go to the Sony Create New PSN Account page in a browser and enter your personal information.
  • PS5: Select Add User > Get Started > Create an Account. Fill out the required information.
  • PS4: Go to New User > Create a User > Next > New to PSN? Create an Account.

This article explains how to create a PlayStation Network (PSN) account on a computer browser or directly on a PS5 or PS4 console.

How to Create a PlayStation Account on a Computer

PlayStation Network (PSN) is a digital entertainment service for your PlayStation. With a PSN account, you can download games to play and streaming apps to watch TV and movies. Here's how to create an account on your PC:

  1. Open a browser on your computer and go to the Sony Entertainment Network Create a New Account page.

  2. Enter your personal details, such as your email address, birth date, and location information, and then choose a password.

    Create a New Account for PlayStation Network web page
  3. Select I Agree. Create My Account.

    When creating your PSN Online ID, it can't be changed in the future. It's forever linked to the email address you used to build the PSN account.

    Create My Account button on PlayStation account creation website
  4. Verify your email address with the link provided in the email that Sony sends you after you complete the previous step.

  5. Go back to the Sony Entertainment Network website and select Continue.

  6. Select the Update Account image on the next page.

  7. Choose the Online ID that others will see when you play online games.

  8. Select Continue.

  9. Finish updating your PlayStation Network account with your name, security questions, location information, and optional billing information, pressing Continue after each screen.

  10. Select Finish when you're done filling out your PSN account details.

You should see a message that reads Your account is now ready to access PlayStation Network.

Although you can sign up for a PSN account directly on the PS5 and PS4, you can't sign up on older equipment such as the PS3, PS Vita, or PlayStation TV. If you use one of these devices, go to the Sony Create New PSN Account page in a computer browser to sign up for an account.

How to Create a PSN Account on a PS5

If you already have a PSN account on your PS4, you can log in using the same account on your PS5 console. If you don't already have an account, you can create a new one on the PS5. Here's how:

  1. Go to the Home screen and select Add User.

    Add User on the PS5 Home screen
  2. Select Get Started and agree to the Terms of Use.

    Get Started on PS5 Add User screen
  3. Select Create an Account.

    Create an Account on PS5 Sign In screen
  4. Fill out the required information and verify your email address. The next time you sign in, use your email address (sign-in ID) and password. You can also sign in on the PlayStation App.

Create PSN Account on a PS4

Here's how to make a PSN account on a PlayStation 4:

Illustration of a gamer creating a new PS4 User account

Bailey Mariner / Lifewire

  1. With the console on and the controller activated (press the PS button), select New User on the screen.

    New User button on PS4 screen
  2. Select Create a User and then accept the user agreement.

    Create a User button on PS4
  3. Select Next under the PlayStation Network area.

    Next button on PlayStation Network screen on PS4
  4. Instead of logging in to PSN, Select New to PSN? Create an Account.

    New to PlayStation Network? Create an Account button on PS4
  5. Select Sign Up Now.

    Sign Up Now button on Join PlayStation Network screen on PS4
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your location information, email address and a password, moving through the screens by selecting the Next buttons.

    Next button on personal information page to Join PlayStation Network on PS4
  7. Choose an Avatar. You can change this at any time in the future.

    Avatar selection page to Join PlayStation Network on PS4
  8. On the Create your PSN Profile screen, enter the username you want to be identified as to other gamers. Also, fill out your name but remember that it'll be public.

    Online ID page on Join PlayStation Network on PS4
  9. The next screen gives you the option to automatically fill in your profile picture and name with your Facebook information. You also have the option to not display your full name and picture while playing online games.

  10. The next few screens let you set your privacy settings. You can pick Anyone, Friends of Friends, Friends Only, or No One for each specific activity.

  11. Select Accept on the final setup page to accept the terms of service and user agreement.

    Accept button on Terms of Service and User Agreement page to Join PlayStation Network on PS4
  12. That's it! You should now have a PSN account.

  • How do I delete my PSN account?

    Deleting your PSN account is an involved process. Contact Sony directly and request to close it, while providing your account ID and the email address associated with it. Once closed, you won't be able to reuse that PSN account name and you will lose access to all of its associates purchases, subscriptions, and leftover funds in your wallet.

  • How do I change the email address on my PSN account?

    Computer: Visit Account Management > Security > Edit next to "Sign-In ID," set new email, Save. PS5: Settings > Users and Accounts > Account > Sign-in ID (email address), enter new email, Save. PS4: Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Sign-in ID, enter password, set new email > Confirm.

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