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How to set up a primary PS4

Here is the easiest way to set up a primary PS4 console.

Despite the PlayStation 5 being the latest console in Sony’s roster, the PlayStation 4 is still a hugely popular device, with over 100 million units sold over its lifetime.

Anyone that owns a PS4 may be familiar with the concept of setting up a primary console. This links the console to your account, informing Sony that this is the main console you use to play, and allowing anyone who uses the console to access the applications you purchase from the PlayStation Store.

If you want to set up your PS4 to be your own primary console, make sure you keep reading, as we’re going to be running through exactly how you can do it in just a few simple steps.

What you’ll need: 

The Short Version 

  • Log into your PS4
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Account Management
  • Press Account Information
  • Click on Activate as your Primary PS4
  • Press Activate
  • Click on Change to This PS4
  1. Step

    Log into your PS4

    Turn on your PS4 and make sure you log into the account you want to make the primary account. Log into PS4 homepage

  2. Step

    Go to Settings

    Scroll along the menu and click on the Settings button. Settings app on PS4

  3. Step

    Go to Account Management

    Scroll and find the button that says Account Management, then click on it. Account management settings

  4. Step

    Press Account Information

    To continue, press the button that says Account Information. Account management settings

  5. Step

    Click on Activate as your Primary PS4

    Click on the button that is called Activate as your Primary PS4. Account settings in pS4

  6. Step

    Press Activate

    Click on the Activate button to continue. Press activate

  7. Step

    Click on Change to This PS4

    Once here, click on the Change to This PS4 button. We recommend informing any friends or family that may be using your original primary console that they won’t be able to access the applications and/or games that you have purchased now that you are moving your primary PS4.The primary ps4 settings


Can I have more than one primary PS4?

No, while you can be logged into multiple PS4 consoles on your account, only one can be your primary PS4.

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