PS5 Settings: How to Change Console Privacy Options

Although playing video games is an activity that allows a lot of interactivity and sociability, some people prefer to enjoy their games alone. And to solve that, the Settings on the PS5 that provide privacy are there. It's possible to hide your games, achievements and friends lists, among other ways to stay away from snoopers. O PlayStation Sony 5 offers a wide range of privacy settings – from hiding your games to removing your name from the search engine. PlayStation Network.

Imagine that someone wants to know information about you or, sometimes, during a multiplayer game an inconvenient player can decide that you have become your “best friend” out of nowhere (something that mainly bothers girl gamers). So, to get rid of these inconveniences, we will guide you on how to customize them and how to improve your PS5 settings and increase your privacy.

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The PlayStation 5

How to access privacy options in settings on the PS5

To access your PS5's privacy settings, first navigate to the PS5's main screen and select the "Settings" gear symbol in the upper right corner. It is located to the left of your profile picture.

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Access privacy settings

Then select “Users and Accounts”.

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settings

Under Users & Accounts, select “Privacy” and press right on the D-Pad to begin selecting a PS5 privacy setting to change. We'll look at these options below.

View and customize your privacy settings

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Privacy settings

If you choose “View and customize your privacy settings”, you will see another list with many options divided into sections. Let's go through them one by one.

Items in the "Your Real Name and Profile Pictures" section

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name and location
  • Who can see them in the search results: With this option, you can opt out of discovering your name on PlayStation Network. For example, if a friend of yours wants to find you on the service, they can search for your name. If you want your information to be hidden, you can select “Nobody”. instead of “Anyone”.
  • Who can see him at the games: This changes whether your close friend can see your name in the game or not. In a multiplayer game like Call of Duty, for example, your real name and profile picture would appear instead of your username and avatar set for friends you've set to “Hidden”. One issue that can arise from this is if your friend is broadcasting live to the public. Your real name and profile picture would appear on Twitch and YouTube streams for all to see. Changing this feature to “Nobody” ensures that it will not be shared online.
  • Who can see it as a friend suggestion: Friend suggestions may appear in the PS5's friends tab, and your real name and profile picture may appear in these results for close friends chosen by your own close friend. You can turn it off or leave it on.
  • Who can see them on the friends list of their closest friends: your name and profile picture may also appear in the friends list of your close friends who are viewing your accounts page. Setting this to “Close friends only” instead of “Close friends of close friends” ensures that only your best friends can see your image and real name.

Items in the "Your Information" section

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Who can see your information
  • Who can see your friends: You can choose to change who can see your friends list if you want to keep this secret from others. Maybe your friends don't get along and you don't want them to know you're playing any of the people. You have four different options available: “Nobody”, “Friends only”, “Friends of friends” and “Anyone”.
  • Edit your profile: With this option, you can change your displayed first and last name, online ID, profile photo, avatar, cover image, about (your profile biography) and displayed languages.

Items in the "Your Activity" section

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your activities
  • Who can see your online status and what you're currently playing: this option offers the possibility to change whether other people besides your friends can see if you are available. You can hide the game you are playing from people outside your friends list. The three options include “Friends Only”, “Friends of Friends” and “Anyone”.
  • Who can see your game history: this removes the ability for other people to see what you've played in the past. This includes “Nobody”, “Friends Only”, “Friends of Friends” and “Anyone”. If you're playing a title that can be embarrassing or just don't want to be bothered while playing a multiplayer game, you can change the option to “Nobody”. This option prevents others from seeing the games you've played, your trophies, and your participation in challenges such as speed tests. Remember that your profile will still show you playing while online.
  • Hide your games from other players:  The next step is the ability to completely hide your games from other players. Once selected, the settings on the PS5 provide a list of the games you've played most recently. On the right, you can enable or disable the game's visibility in your profile. It's fast and responsive, unlike the PS4.

Items in the “Communication and Multiplayer” section

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Communication and multiplayer
  • Who can ask to be your friend: this allows you to change who can see your profile and add you as a friend. The three options available are “Nobody”, “Friends of friends”, “Anyone”. These settings on the PS5 will protect you from spam accounts and will prevent outsiders from adding you after a multiplayer game. If you don't want to meet new people via PlayStation Network and just want to play with your friends, it's a good option to switch to “Nobody” or “Friends of friends”.
  • Who can interact with you through parties, games and messages: If you want to be completely hidden on your PlayStation 5, you can disable the ability to play games, be invited to parties and receive messages with other people. The three options include “Nobody”, “Friends Only” and “Anyone”. If you don't want random party invites from online players, but still want to interact with your friends, “Friends Only” would be a good option.
  • Players you are blocking: lastly, there is the option to see the players you are blocking. From this screen, you can press X on any profile and “Unblock” or “Report” someone. Scroll down to the player and make a decision from there.

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Adjust privacy settings by choosing a profile

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choosing a profile

If you want a quick and easy way to set up your profile, the PlayStation set up privacy profile templates, so you don't have to worry about checking every option. They are set standards that give you a little peace of mind for the kind of player you want your PS5 to be. You can find it by going back to the "Privacy" section of the "Users and Accounts" menu. The settings on the PS5 list:

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  • Social and Open
  • Team player
  • Focused Friend
  • solo and focused

Control how your data is collected and used

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Collected data

If you exit the “View and customize your privacy settings” menu, you will be taken back to the “Privacy” menu. Please skip to this specific section which details what data PlayStation can collect from you.

“Data you provide” retains usage data that can help improve the PlayStation Network and the system itself. You can choose “Full” or “Limited”. “Full” allows the PlayStation to receive your behavioral data so that Sony can “continuously improve and customize your experience”. The second option, “Limited”, shares only the data necessary to keep PlayStation features and services up and running.

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Limit collected data

“Personalization” has four different options available to you. You can turn them on or off with the tab on the right side. They include:

  • Personalized Buying Recommendations:  this data provides feedback on similar games you would be interested in, based on your purchase history.
  • Personalized advertising:  this option shows personalized advertisements on PlayStation products and services that are most relevant to you. It also collects data from third party sources.
  • Custom media:  involves video and music recommendations based on your previous viewing.
  • Default customization: this shows non-commercial information based on your PlayStation experience). You can turn them on or off on the right side of the text.
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Customization

Finally, “Voice Data Collection” helps with features such as Chat Transcript and Voice Input for On-Screen Keyboard. You should rest assured that this does not take into account your voice chat between other players and yourself. You can toggle between “Allow” and “Disallow”.

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Voice data collection

Your PS5 settings are complete

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Settings completed

You should be ready to play online on your console now that your PS5 privacy settings are complete. There are other options available on the system as well, such as muting the microphone on the DualSense controller and the ability to delete PS5 games from the phone.

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You can also change your profile status by going to the top right corner of the main menu and clicking on your image. Press X on it to see your online status setting and move the cursor down to show “Online,” “Offline,” or “Busy” if you don't want to be disturbed.

DualSense battery saving

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Adjust control power

The PS4's DualShock 4 was known for having terrible battery life. Although the PS5's DualSense controller hasn't earned the same reputation, the battery life still leaves a lot to be desired. You can extend your battery's longevity by changing some key settings, however. On the PS5 Settings page, scroll down to Accessories, followed by Controllers, to adjust your new DualSense settings.

The most important setting you should change is the brightness of the controller indicators. Set it to Dim and also have a look at the vibration and trigger settings. We don't advise turning off these settings completely, as adaptive triggers and tactile feedback are part of DualSense's highlights, but depending on the games you play, lowering the intensity might not be a bad idea here. Of course, if you turn everything off, you'll notice that your controller's battery life will last longer.

Add languages

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New languages ​​on Ps5

Another fantastic option the PS5 offers is the ability to add multiple input languages ​​– perfect for multilingual families. This will add multiple characters to your virtual keyboard from the language(s) you choose. Go to System in Settings and navigate to Language to get started.

Once there, you can change the console language and below that is the option to customize the Input Language. Here, you can search multiple languages ​​to customize keyboard options. You'll notice that when using the PS5's virtual keyboard, all the characters you've selected will appear.

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Log into PS5 automatically

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Automatic Login

If you will primarily only use one profile on PS5, you should enable the ability to log in to PS5 automatically. As the name suggests, this will avoid the need to manually log in to a specific account when turning on the PS5. This will save you time and allow you to get to your games faster. See how to activate the option.

First go to Settings and then go to Users and Accounts. Scroll down to Login Settings and toggle the PS5 Login option automatically to the on position. Keep in mind that if you need to use a different account, you will have to log in using the default profile and then log in to the other one manually.

Accessibility

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PS5 Accessibility

The PS5 has a number of accessibility features, all of which can be found in the eponymous menu under Settings. We won't tell you which settings to activate or choose, as each person has different needs, but you should be aware of the types of options available to you.

Here, you'll see various display settings that help with text size and colors, as well as a screen reader and even controller customization options. The Controllers menu lets you use custom button assignments, so if you don't like a game's control scheme, you have an alternative. Also, don't forget to use Chat Transcript to convert voice chat to text if necessary.

Quick FAQ

How do you change trophy privacy on PS5?

Set individual game trophies to be shared or private:
Select the game you want to set and select (Options) > [Privacy Settings]. Follow the instructions displayed. When [Nobody] is selected in (Settings) > [Start] > [PlayStation ™ Network] > [Privacy Settings] > [Show Trophies], this setting takes precedence.

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How do I change settings on PS5?

First go to Settings and then go to Users and Accounts. Scroll down to Login Settings and toggle the PS5 Login option automatically to the on position. Keep in mind that if you need to use a different account, you will have to log in using the default profile and then log in to the other one manually.

How do I get my PS5 to stop reading everything?

How to enable / disable PS5 screen reader;
Go to settings;
Tap on 'Accessibility';
Go to 'Screen Reader' (second from left menu);
At the top you will have a switcher to enable or disable;

Can you see who sees your PlayStation profile?

No, there is nothing to show who has seen your profile on PSNProfiles.com.

How do I see hidden games on PS5?

To access hidden games, go to the Your Collection tab of the Games Library, select the Sort & Filter menu, and enable Hidden Items. Select the game and press the options button to unhide.

Now, leave in the comments if these settings helped you. Contact us and take the opportunity to read more about the PlayStation and about the Sony on our website.

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