Updated October 2 2017

PS4: Setting up and managing family accounts

Learn how to keep your family safer by creating accounts for your family members.

 
 

This article explains how to set up and manage accounts for your family members. Find out more about what family accounts are before you begin, so you can create the right set up for your family.

New PS4 users

If you’re using your PS4 system for the first time, you’ll need to set up a local user on the PS4 system and create a PSN account as the family manager. The PS4 system will walk you through this the first time you turn it on, but you can follow our account creation article to learn more.

Once your account is created, you can start adding family members by following the steps further down in this article.

Existing PS4 users

You can use your existing PSN account  as the family manager and start setting up your family straight away by following the steps further down in this article.

Any sub accounts previously linked to your account will have already been added as child family members. You can set individual parental controls and spending limits for each child family member straight away.

How to add family members

Once your family manager account has been created, you can start adding family members. You can invite existing users or create new ones. The process is slightly different for adults and children under 18.

  • How to add child family members

    1. Log in to your PS4 system as the family manager and go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to re-enter your PSN account password.
    2. Select [Add Family Member] > [Create User].
    1. Enter the child's name and date of birth*, then click [Next].
    1. The User Agreement will appear and you'll need to accept this to continue, then follow the on-screen instructions to set parental controls for this user. Find out more about setting parental controls and spending limits.

    * Children aged 7 to 12 years old cannot create their own PSN account, and the Family Manager will need to do this for them. Children aged 13 to 17 years old can create their own PSN account, as long as the Family Manager has allowed them to go online in their parental control settings.

  • How to add adult family members

    1. Log in to your PS4 system as the family manager and go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to re-enter your PSN account password.
    2. Select [Add Family Member].
    1. From here, you can:
      • Invite existing PSN accounts, using any of the following methods:
        • Send an invite to [Users on This PS4].
        • Invite [Friends] if the user is on your Friends list.
        • [Enter Sign-In ID] to send an email invite if you know the email address the family member uses to sign in to PSN.
      • Create a new local user on the PS4 system.
        • You'll need to enter a name for the user and their date of birth. You can also choose if you want to allow them access to parental control settings.
        • The first time the new user logs in to the PS4 system, they'll be able to create their own PSN account.
  • How to assign parent/guardian permissions

    As the Family Manager, you can appoint another adult as a parent or guardian, giving them access to parental control settings for child family members.

    1. Log in to your PS4 system as the family manager and go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to re-enter your PSN account password.
    2. Select the adult family member you want to appoint, and select the checkbox for [Parent/Guardian].