How to Add Friends on PS4

Plus, how to manage your friends list

You can play your PS4 solo without any interaction with other gamers, but what's the fun in that? When you add another player to your Friends list, you'll see when they're signed in to PlayStation Network, check out what game they're playing, view their broadcasts, send them direct messages, and more.

How to Add Friends on PlayStation 4 

There are multiple things to consider when sending a friend request on PS4. Your new friend can access your profile and other information you chose to share, like your online status and gameplay details.

If you're ready, follow the steps below.

  1. Select Friends, located along the PS4 UI bar and represented by two smiling faces.

    PS4 main screen with Friends highlighted
  2. In the Friends interface, select Search from the left menu pane.

    PS4 Friends Search
  3. Enter the person's PlayStation ID or their name using the on-screen keyboard and the controller.

    PS4 friend search field
  4. Select Done or press the R2 button on the controller when you're finished.

  5. A list of players matching your search query displays. Locate the player you wish to request as a friend and select the smiley face with a plus sign icon to the right of their name.

    PS4 adding a friend
  6. The Send Friend Request form appears. Enter a message (optional) to accompany your request.

  7. You can designate this as a close request, meaning you and your new friend can see each other's full name and profile picture. To enable this, select the Send Close Friend Request check box. 

    PS4 Close Friend Request

    You should only send a close friend request to players you know in real life or feel comfortable with. You can adjust these settings after you get to know someone better.

  8. Select Send to complete the process. A request goes to this player, and they can either accept or deny it. If they agree, they appear on your Friends list instantly (and vice versa).

  9. To respond to pending requests that you receive, go to Friend Requests, and select Accept next to each person you wish to add.

    Accepting friend request on PS4

How to Delete Friends on PS4

Not all friendships last forever, including those on the PlayStation Network. If you'd like to remove someone from your PS4 Friends list, take these steps.

  1. Select Friends, located along the PS4 UI bar and represented by two smiling faces.

    PS4 main screen with Friends highlighted
  2. In the Friends interface, select All Friends from the left menu pane.

    screenshot of PS4 All Friends interface
  3. Highlight and select the name of the friend that you wish to remove.

  4. In the friend's profile, select the Menu icon, represented by three horizontally-aligned dots.

    Three-dot menu icon
  5. Select Remove from Friends from the drop-down menu.

    Remove from Friends
  6. A confirmation message appears. Select OK to complete the process.

    screenshot of PS4 Remove from Friends screen

How to Block Friends on PS4

Sometimes, removing a fellow gamer from your Friends list isn't enough. There can be some level of visibility and interaction in specific scenarios. Blocking a user on PSN is more restrictive, ensuring you and the blocked user can't send messages or friend requests or see each other's online status.

Blocked users are also prevented from sending game sessions and invitations and can no longer leave comments on any of your PSN content, and vice versa.

Follow the instructions below to block another user.

  1. Select Friends, represented by two smiling faces.

    PS4 main screen with Friends highlighted
  2. Select All Friends from the left menu pane.

    All Friends
  3. On the right side, highlight and select the name of the friend that you wish to block.

  4. The respective friend's profile displays. Select the Menu icon, represented by three horizontally-aligned dots.

    Three-dot menu icon
  5. Select Block from the drop-down menu. 

    Blocking a friend
  6. In the confirmation screen, select Block to complete the process.

    screenshot of PS4 Block screen
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