How to Delete PS5 User Accounts

Wondering how to delete PS5 user accounts, well, we’ve got you covered in this extensive article.

Sharing your PS5 with multiple users can truly enhance your gaming experience.

It allows you to enjoy games together, maintain separate saved game progress, explore diverse regional stores, and carve out a unique gaming haven for those who cohabit the same gaming space.

Nonetheless, as with all good things, there may come a time when a user is no longer needed or when you simply decide to stop sharing games with someone.

To assist you in navigating this process and addressing any other pressing questions you may have on this matter, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide.

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How to Delete PS5 User Accounts.
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How to Delete PS5 User Accounts

It’s natural to want to follow the same route you used to add a new user when you decide to delete one on your PS5.

However, the process of deleting users is distinct and separate from the steps you followed to create them.

If you’re certain that this is the action you wish to take, here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Access your PS5’s home screen.
  2. Locate and click on Settings (indicated by the cog wheel icon in the top-right corner).
  3. Within the Settings menu, select User and Accounts.
  4. Opt for Delete Users, and you’ll be presented with a list of all the users currently on your PS5, visible in the right panel.
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Steps on the Delete Users screen on a PS5.

4. Choose the user you want to remove and opt for “Yes” when the confirmation prompt appears.

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Select the user you wish to delete.
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5. If there are any games currently in progress, your PS5 will ask you to shut them down; please click on “Yes.”

A brief message will appear on the screen, indicating that the user is being deleted, and once this message disappears, the user’s account will be permanently removed.

NOTE: Deleting a user is a final and irreversible action that can result in the loss of all their game progress, as well as any video clips and screenshots associated with that account. It’s advisable to back up the PS5 data for that user beforehand.

Is There a Primary Account on a PS5?

Primary accounts are not a feature on PS5.

You have the freedom to remove any account from another account, provided it is not password-protected.

Similarly, any user who purchases a game can make it accessible to all other users currently signed in on the same PS5, thanks to the game-sharing functionality.

If you prefer to cease sharing games without deleting an account, you can follow these steps:

Go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Other > Console > Disable.

NOTE: When Deleting Precious PS5 User Data

As previously mentioned, it’s crucial to back up your data before deleting a user account to prevent any potential loss.

Discovering that your hard-earned progress has been erased by another user can be a distressing experience when logging into your PS5.

Protect yourself by utilizing all available backup options.

How to Delete a PSN Account

The PlayStation Network (PSN) is a digital platform that lets gamers buy games and other content, including free-to-play items like Fortnite Skins.

To access it, you need an account created on PlayStation’s website.

However, there are limits to account creation.

When someone deletes their account, they can create a new one only once within 24 hours of the last deletion.

To create a new PlayStation ID, you’ll need to provide your first name, last name (or nickname), date of birth, and email address.

If you forget your details, you can recover your account by providing either your username or the email address linked to your PSN account.

Sign out before deleting your PlayStation account to retain your personal data, but note that this may not work if the account was deleted directly on the console.

Game saves and trophies don’t transfer when an account is deleted.

PlayStation is a gaming company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

They offer various subsidiary divisions and produce video games.

A PlayStation account is your online identity on the PlayStation Network, granting access to services like Trophies, Friends Lists, and Messages.

You can link your Facebook or Twitter profiles or sign up directly on the PSN profile page.

When using a PlayStation account for online gaming, create a username (Gamertag) that represents you in games and can be changed in the Settings menu.

Usernames can only contain letters, numbers, or underscores.

Choose a username that makes sense in the context of the games you play, considering your broader gaming interests.

For example, if you play Madden NFL 17 Ultimate Team mode and other games, your username should reflect your overall gaming persona rather than being tied to a specific game.

WARNING: Distinguishing between deleting a user on a PS5 and deleting a PSN account is important. Deleting a PSN account results in permanent loss of access to all games purchased on that account. Deleting a PSN account from a PS5 isn’t possible; you’ll need to reach out to Sony for assistance.