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How to Create a PlayStation Account, Step-by-Step with Photos

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How to Create a PlayStation Account, Step-by-Step with Photos

Sony’s PlayStation has become more than a gaming console. It’s widely regarded as a media machine, and a PSN account gives users access to vast content. If you’re new to the service, we’ll show you how to create a PlayStation account. It’s the first step to setting up a new console and something anyone can do in less than 5 minutes.

How to Create a PlayStation account on PC

If you don’t already have a PlayStation or are waiting on one to arrive in the mail, you can make an account without the console. Follow these steps if you want to know how to create a PlayStation account without a PlayStation.

1. PlayStation Account Sign in

The first step to creating an account for PlayStation is to go to PlayStation and select Sign in from the top right side of the page. From the new window, choose Create New Account and confirm your selection.

Enter login details in their respective fields.

2. Choose a Country

Once your selection’s confirmed, you need to choose a country or region. This is a “home” location for your account/console and won’t be viewable to an. Make your selection and choose next to proceed.

select country and language from the dropdown menus.

3. Set your Birthdate

Now you’ll need to set your birthday by choosing a month, day, and year from the drop-down menus. This information is also kept private but could be used for security purposes by Sony.

Enter your date of birth

4. Email & Password

Enter an email address and set a password for your PlayStation account. You can change both later, but you will need access to the email address you used to confirm the account once it’s created.

Enter your login details in their respective fields

5. Address Details

Once you’ve progressed past the email & password screen, you’ll need to enter your city, region, and postal code. It’s not a section you can skip and could affect billing, so check the details carefully.

Enter your location and your postal code

6. Choose an Online ID

Now comes the most challenging part – choosing a username or online ID. This ID is how other players recognize you on the platform and how your friends can find you on the service. If the name you choose is taken, you’ll be asked to try again. Your first and last name are used for emails and kept private online.

create a username or online ID

7. Confirm Account Creation

From here, you’ll need to specify whether you want to receive emails from Sony or notifications on your console. This is also where you can read the terms & conditions and privacy policy for the service. Select Agree and Continue once you’ve made your selections.

8. Confirm and Update Account

Once you choose to agree and continue, your account is created, but there’s one step to make things official. Check the email address you used for the new PlayStation account and look for the email that says “Account Registration Confirmation.”

Follow the directions to confirm your account with Sony. You can also update your account from here or log out of the service if you’re satisfied.

Add more details to confirm your account

For a helpful walkthrough of these steps, check out the following video:

How to Create a PlayStation Account for a Child

PlayStation accounts are for adults and have an age limit. If you have a child that would like to have their own PSN, you can set one up for them as a Family Manager. It’s a feature you can enable with any adult account and allows parents to control content and limit play time on the console. To add a family member to your account, follow these steps.

1. Account Management

From the web or the PlayStation app, navigate to Settings or Account Management and click on the section called Family Management.

Change account management settings

2. Family Management

Once you have access to this section, choose Add a Child from the options, enter their birthdate and click next.

you can add other users to your account

3. Verify and Confirm

After you enter a birthdate, you’ll need to verify your account. PlayStation will need to charge your account $0.50 to verify it as the family manager. The charge is funded to your wallet after confirmation and only happens once. After verification, you can set up your child’s profile along with parental controls for their account.

Pay the adult verification fee to confirm another user.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to enter payment information to create a PlayStation account?

No, you can do that once the account has been created if you choose, but are not required to submit that information during the process.

What is the age limit for a PlayStation account?

In the United States, you must be 18 years of age to create an account. Younger gamers will need to sign up under a parent’s PSN account.

Can you create a PlayStation account on a PlayStation?

Yes, you can do this from the PlayStation account sign-in screen on the PS4 and PS5.

How do you remove a family member or child from your PlayStation account?

The option is in the same area where you add members, from Account Management under Family Management.

Can you create a PlayStation account on phones?

While there is a PlayStation app for mobile devices, you can only create an account using a web browser or console.

Is it free to create a PlayStation account?

Yes, anyone can set up a PlayStation account for free as long as they meet Sony’s requirements.

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