Updated October 17 2018

Automatic sign-in settings on PlayStation 4

This article explains the differences between all the PlayStation 4 auto sign-in options, why you might need to manage these settings and how to do so.


What are the benefits of auto sign-in?

You can get started with system or PlayStation Network features quickly and take advantage of remote download if auto sign in is set up.

However, this means that your account may be easily accessed by others who can use your PlayStation system. Therefore, there are certain situations where you should not have auto sign-in enabled.

What sign-in options are available on PlayStation 4?

There are two accounts that you can sign in to on your PlayStation 4; the local user account, used to log in to the PlayStation system, and the online account, which can be linked to local user accounts on different activated systems to access PlayStation Network.

  1. Local user account

Signing into this option alone (i.e. not signing in to PlayStation Network as well) means that apps cannot be launched. This is because users must be signed into PlayStation Network to launch any content purchased from PlayStation Store.

If there is only one local user or, if [Log into PS4 automatically] is enabled on one of the local user accounts, the PlayStation 4 will automatically log in to this user when it is switched on.

To switch off auto log-in go to [Settings] > [Users] > [Log In Settings] > [Log into PS4 automatically] and un-tick.

However, this does not stop others from manually choosing to log into the PlayStation 4 on your local user account. To limit access to your local user account, apply a PIN to it on the Log In Settings screen so that other users cannot log in on your local user and find out more about PlayStation 4 system sign-in controls here. This will ensure that if you forget to sign out of PlayStation Network other users will not be able to access your account.

  1. PlayStation Network

The online account assigned to the local user account cannot be changed after it has been chosen. Once your local user account is signed in to PlayStation Network, it stays signed-in in the background and automatically signs back in when your local user logs into the PlayStation 4, even if the system was switched off completely.

This means that any user with access to your local user account can also access your PlayStation Network information and any content that has been purchased by any other local user on the PlayStation 4.

Sign out of PlayStation Network at the end of every PlayStation 4 session to stop others accessing your account by going to [Settings] > [PlayStation Network] > [Sign out].

Your PlayStation Network sign-in ID is retained by the PlayStation 4 system so you do not need to enter it again, but you cannot set up the system to remember your password too, so signing out will stop anyone who does not know your account password from signing in.

When should I make sure that my local user is not set up to auto log-in?

  • If you are logging in to PlayStation Network on a friend’s PlayStation system
  • If other people use your PlayStation system

When should I sign out of PlayStation Network?

You should sign out at the end of every session on your PlayStation 4, but be extra careful if any of the following apply:

  • You are giving your PlayStation system to another person
  • You are sending it to SIEE for service
  • You need to return it to the retailer

If you do not have access to your PlayStation system to sign out of PlayStation Network, you can change your password from a web browser. This means that if another person has possession of your PlayStation system they cannot access your account through it, even if auto sign-in or saved password is switched on.