How to change your PlayStation 5’s privacy settings

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PlayStation 5’s privacy settings

Many smartphones come with privacy settings that restrict other users from viewing or using certain content on your device. This feature is also available in smart TVs to prevent your children from viewing channels they are not allowed to watch. Not everyone knows that the PlayStation 5 also come with privacy settings. That’s why in today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to change your PlayStation 5’s privacy settings.

On the PlayStation 5, you’d be able to hide your games, remove your name from PSN (PlayStation Network) Engine and several other privacy settings. In today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to customize and improve your PlayStation 5 settings.

Some of the things to expect in this guide include:

  • How to access your privacy options in PS5 settings.
  • How to view and customize your privacy settings.
  • Learn how to adjust your privacy settings by choosing a profile.
  • Control how your data is collected and used.

Without further ado, let’s dive into how to change your PlayStation 5’s privacy settings.

How to Access Your Privacy Options in PS5 Settings

One of the first things you’ll learn in how to change your PlayStation 5’s privacy settings is how to access your privacy options via your PS5’s settings. To learn how to do this, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  • Go to your PlayStation 5’s main screen. There you’ll find Settings (the gear icon) at the top right corner of your screen.
  • Select Settings.
  • Under the options found in settings, select Users and Accounts.
  • Under users and accounts, select Privacy.

Once you do that, the privacy section will open up and from there you’ll be able to customize your PlayStation 5 to suit your taste from the various options available. In the next section, you’ll learn how to view and customize your privacy settings.

How to View and Customize Your Privacy Settings

In the previous section, you learnt how to access your privacy settings in your PS5. In this section, you’ll learn ways to customize your privacy settings.

Once you select View and Customize Your Privacy Settings, the following options found below will become available to you.

  • Your real name and profile picture category.
  • Your information category.
  • Your activity category.
  • The communication and multiplayer category.

We’ll now be looking at the changes you can make in each category.

Your Real Name and Profile Picture Category

When you select this category, you’ll be able to make changes (set your privacy settings) to the following subsections.

  • Who can see them in search results

When you select this option, you’ll be able to make your name undiscoverable on the PlayStation Network. People can find other people on the service by searching on the person’s name but when you change the setting to “No One“, nobody will be able to discover or find you on the service.

  • Who can see them within games

With this option, you’d be able to decide whether you want your close friends to see your name during a game or not. To better illustrate this option, let’s say you play a multiplayer game like Call of Duty, other players within the game will see your profile name and picture rather than your username and avatar when the option is set at “Hidden“. The disadvantage with that choice is if a player within the game decides to go live, then your real name and picture would appear on YouTube or Twitch and everyone would see it. To prevent a scenario like that, change the option to “Nobody“, doing this ensures that it won’t be shared online.

  • Who can see them as a friend suggestion

Friend suggestions do appear on the PlayStation 5’s tab and your real name and profile pictures could appear on these suggestions for close friends, chosen by your close friend. If you don’t want that to happen you can decide to turn it off or leave it on.

  • Who can see them in your close friends’ list of friends

Your real name and profile picture could appear on the friend’s list of a close friend who is viewing or views your account page. Changing your settings to “Close friends only” rather than “Close friends of friends” will enable only your best friends to be able to see your real name and profile picture.

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Your Information Category

When you select this category, you’ll be able to make changes (set your privacy settings) to the following subsections.

  • Who can see your friends

In this subsection, you’ll be able to make changes to the people that’ll be able to see your friends lists that’s if you want your friend’s list to be private. This setting is crucial in situations where we have friends that don’t get along but you enjoy playing with them also, turning this setting on saves you the stress of having to explain every time why the other party (person) is still on your friend’s list. To do this, change the settings to Nobody. Asides from the Nobody setting, you can also select Friends Only, Friends of friends, and Anyone.

  • Edit your profile

Under this subsection, you can the first and last name that’ll be displayed to others when they view your account, online ID, profile photo, avatar, displayed languages, about, and even your cover picture.

  • Your Activity Category

When you select this category, you’ll be able to make changes (set your privacy settings) to the following subsections.

Who can see your online status and what you are currently playing

With this option, you’ll be able to decide whether persons other than your friends can see if you are available. You can also prevent other people asides from your friends from seeing the game you are currently playing. You have the option of changing the settings in this section between Friends only, Friends of friends, and Anyone.

  • Who can see your gaming history
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With this option, you can stop others from seeing the game you last played or games played in the past. The settings range from Nobody, Friends only, Friends of friends, and anyone. If you have some embarrassing games you play or have played in the past then changing your settings to Nobody will save you the stress of having to bother about whether someone might see the kind of game you play. Changing your settings to Nobody also prevents other people from seeing the trophies you have won within those games and your participation in challenges. But note that your profile will still show that you are playing when you are online.

  • Hide your games from other players

With this option, you can completely hide your games from other players. When you select this option, your PlayStation 5 will provide you with a list of all the games you have recently played. To the right of the game, you can enable or disable the game’s visibility on your profile.

The Communication and Multiplayer Category

When you select this category, you’ll be able to make changes (set your privacy settings) to the following subsections.

  • Who can ask to be your friend

Here, you can change who will be able to see your profile and add you as a friend. Options available here are Nobody, Friends of friends, and Anyone. This setting will protect you from spams accounts online and also prevent others from adding you up after a multiplayer game. This option is important for people who just want to play with friends and don’t care about meeting new people on the PlayStation Network.

  • Who can interact with you through parties, games, and messages

People interact with other people through different means on the PlayStation Network, and if you’d like to go ghost on the PlayStation Network, you can. You’d stay completely hidden because you can disable the ability to play games, be invited to parties and even receive messages from other people. Options available in this section are Nobody, Friends only, and Anyone. If you are worried about random party invites then changing the settings to Friends only is the best option for you.

  • Players you are blocking

You also have the option of checking the players you have previously blocked. On this screen, you can Unblock any blocked player by pressing the X button on your gamepad. Alternatively, the button can also be used to Report anyone. To do this, simply scroll down to the player of your choice, press X and choose your preferred option from there.

How to Adjust Your Privacy Settings by Choosing a Profile

There is also a quick and easy way to set up your profile if you don’t have the time to go through it yourself. PlayStation has privacy profile templates so you don’t have to go through the stress of checking every option. With these settings, you can become the type of player you want to be online without having to set anything yourself. To use PlayStation’s privacy profile template, return to the Privacy section, found in the Users and Accounts menu and select template from the lists.

The templates include:

  • Social and Open.
  • Team Player.
  • Focused Friend.
  • Solo and Focused.

Control How Your Data is Collected and Used

Upon exiting the “View and customize your privacy settings” menu, you’ll return to the Privacy menu. Under the section that displays or shows control how your data is collected and used is where you change how PlayStation retrieves or receives your data.

Data You Provide

This section retains the usage data that helps in the PlayStation Network and the system at large. Here you can either select Full or Limited. Let’s say you select Full, PlayStation will be able to collect your behavioural data to enable Sony to continuously improve and customize your experience but if you should select Limited, then it only shares the data that’s required to keep PlayStation features and services running.

Personalization

Under the personalization section, there are only four options available for you to choose from. You can either turn these options on or off as you deem fit. These options include:

  • Personalised purchase recommendations

This data is used to provide feedback on recommendations for similar games you may be interested in playing based on your purchase history.

  • Personalized advertising

This option shows PlayStation’s personalized advertisements on their products and services that are relevant to you. It can also collect data from third party sources.

  • Personalized media

This shows you videos and music recommendations based on what you have previously watched or listened to.

  • Standard personalization

This shows you non-commercial information based on PlayStation experience and you can decide to turn it off or on from the toggle button located at the right part of that text.

Voice Data Collection

This option helps with features like your Chat Transcript or your Voice Input for On-Screen Keyboard. Note that, this doesn’t take into account the voice chat between other players and yourself. To turn it off or on, you can either select Don’t Allow or Allow.

Conclusion

Once you have gone through all the settings above and you have customized your PlayStation 5 to your taste, you are now ready for online gaming. Asides from the ones mentioned above, other settings include muting the microphone on your DualSense controller and you can also delete your PlayStation 5 games directly from your phone.

While you are online on your PlayStation, you can choose to change that by selecting your image found at the top right corner of the main menu. To select it, press X and choose any of the options available. The options you’ll find are Online, Offline, and Busy. Select the option that fits your mood or suits your desire.

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