Updated 11 April 2019

Information about your Online ID

Learn more about how to choose your Online ID on PlayStation Network.


What is an Online ID?

Your Online ID is the name shown when you play games online and use other online features on PSN. 

Please be aware that:

  • it is not possible to link an existing Online ID to a second account.
  • an account cannot have more than one Online ID associated with it.

How do I choose my Online ID?

Please consider the following when choosing your Online ID:

  • Each Online ID must contain between three and 16 characters, and can consist of letters, numbers, hyphens (-) and underscores (_).
  • You may find that your first few choices of Online ID have been chosen by another user. If this is the case, try altering the Online ID to make it more unique until you find one that’s available.
  • It is recommended that players do not create Online IDs that might personally identify themselves to others. Using any part of your name in an Online ID is a violation of the User Agreement made when setting up an account.
  • Any Online IDs that contain offensive or potentially harmful content will violate the Community Code of Conduct. If an Online ID is deemed offensive, a permanent ban will be placed on the associated account and potentially the system it was created on.