How to Manage User Profiles on a PlayStation 3

Introduction

Your PlayStation 3 offers two types of profiles: user profiles or PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. Having a user profile will enable the console to store your saved game data, messages, and bookmarks as well as remember your preferences. User profiles are for your local data. A PSN account gives you access to the PlayStation Store, Chat, or other various online services.

? What would you like to do?

  1. Create a new user profile.
  2. Create a PSN Account.
  3. Delete a user profile.
  4. Nothing, I'm done.

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Your PlayStation 3 offers two types of profiles: user profiles or PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. Having a user profile will enable the console to store your saved game data, messages, and bookmarks as well as remember your preferences. User profiles are for your local data. A PSN account gives you access to the PlayStation Store, Chat, or other various online services.

  1. Navigate to Users from the home screen.
  2. Select Create New User.
    Users menu with Create New User selected. Screenshot.
  3. Highlight the text field.
    User name field on the create new user screen. Screenshot.
  4. Type in a user name. Then, press the Start button on your controller.
    Virtual keyboard. Screenshot.
  5. Press OK.
    OK button. Screenshot.

You must have a user profile before creating a PlayStation Network (PSN) account. Make sure your PlayStation is connected to the internet before proceeding.

  1. From the Users menu, select the user profile that you would like connected to your PSN account.
    Users menu with example profile selected. Screenshot.
  2. Select Yes to confirm login.
    User log out confirmation with Yes selected. Screenshot.
  3. Navigate to the PlayStation Network menu and select Sign Up.
    PlayStation Network menu with Sign Up selected. Screenshot.
  4. Select Create a New Account (New Users).
    PlayStation Network welcome screen with Create new User selected. Screenshot.
  5. This screen shows what information PS will require for you to create an account. Select Continue.
    List of necessary pieces of information: Date of birth, online ID, Email address, Name and address. Screenshot.
  6. Enter your information and select Continue.
    Filling in your information. Screenshot.
  7. Select Accept to accept the user agreement.
    Terms of service with Accept button highlighted. Screenshot.
  8. Type in the information you would like to use to sign-in and select Continue.
    Fill in additional details. Screenshot.
  9. Enter an Online ID and select Continue.
    Pick an Online ID. Screenshot.
  10. Select OK.
    If successful, OK button selected. Screenshot.
  11. Enter your information and select Continue.
    Filling in first and last names. Screenshot.
  12. PSN will now ask you for your address. Fill in the fields and select Continue.Filling in address information. Screenshot.
  13. Double-check that your information is correct and select Confirm.Summary of information provided with Edit buttons next to each. Confirm selection below. Screenshot.
  14. Select OK. Your account has been created.
    Success screen with OK button selected. Screenshot.

If you delete a user profile on your PlayStation 3, all purchases, game data, messages, internet history, and settings saved under this profile will be deleted and irretrievable.

  1. Navigate to Users from your home screen.
  2. Highlight the user that you would like to delete.
    Users menu with an example user account selected. Screenshot.
  3. Press the triangle button on your controller.
    PS3 controller with Triangle button highlighted. Screenshot.
  4. Select Delete from the options menu.
    Delete option selected from user menu. Screenshot.
  5. Select Yes.
    Delete user confirmation screen with Yes selected. Screenshot.
  6. The user profile has been deleted.
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