Updated 24 February 2017

How to create a sub account on PlayStation 4

This article explains what you need before you can create a sub account and how to create one on your PlayStation 4.


What is a sub account?

It’s a PSN account for children. If you would prefer not to allow your children access to PSN, you can make a local user for them. Local users allow children to use the PS4 offline and they won’t be able to access PSN.

We strongly advise you to make sure your children only use a sub account if you want to allow access to PSN. Sub accounts are linked to a master account, so the adult who owns the master account can control children’s access to PSN.

You can find out more about all the different parental control settings in our Age ratings and parental controls article.

How to create a sub account

Sub accounts can be made in a few ways but an adult must approve PSN access before these accounts can go online with the PS4.

The steps to create a sub account depend on whether you’re an adult creating an account for your child or if you’re a child.

Child creating a sub account

  1. Start up your PS4.
  1. Select [New User] > [Create a User] or [User 1] on the PS4 Log-in screen.
  • This creates the local user on the PS4 itself, not a PSN account.
  1. Select [Next] > [New to PlayStation Network? Create an Account] > [Sign Up Now].
  • If you select [Skip] you can choose an avatar and name for your local user and play offline right away. Go to your avatar on the PS4 home screen to sign up for PSN later.
  • If this is the first time you’re using this PS4 go to User 1’s [Profile] on the PS4 home screen.
  1. Enter your details and preferences and select [Next] on each screen.
  • Don’t give an earlier date of birth because it’s against the PSN Terms of Use to give false information.
  1. Create an Online ID and enter your first and last name.
  • Your Online ID is your publicly visible name that other users on PSN will see.
  • Think very carefully about your Online ID because you can’t change it later.
  1. Choose your Sharing, Friends and Messages settings (three screens).
  • These are for your account only; they don’t affect what other users on the PS4 will see.
  1. Select [Master Account Sign-In] to ask an adult to sign in and review the information you provided.
  1. The adult has two options after they check and change the details:
  • [Confirm] The sub account will be created and the master account holder can choose sub account parental controls. They can be changed later.
  • [Decline] The sub account won’t be created, but a local user remains on the system so you can play offline. The local user can be connected to a sub account at a later date by following these steps again.

Adult creating a sub account

You can manage sub account creation and create accounts for your children from your own account by following these steps:

  1. Create a master account if you do not already have one.

●     You can create one via the account management website and if you’d like step by step instructions check our master account article.

  1. On the PS4 home screen, go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] and enter your PSN account password.
  1. Select [Sub Account Management] > [Add Child] > [Next].
  1. You’ll see all the local users on the PS4 that can only play offline. Select a user or [Create User].
  1. Enter your child’s name and date of birth.
  1. Provide an email address.
  1. Allow PSN access now or later.
  • Waiting until later is a good option if you want to let them play on the PS4 straight away but want to take some time to look into parental controls. You can also block a local user from joining PSN in the Sub Account Management menu.
  • Choose wait until later if you don’t want to allow your children to play online at all. Their account won’t be authorised for PSN access unless you sign in with your account to allow it.
  • If you allow PSN now you can choose sub account parental controls to limit PSN access.
  1. If you have allowed PSN access, your child can choose an Online ID and enter their email when they sign in.
  1. Their account is now ready to use.