How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a social media-style dashboard. Your friends can view your PlayStation activity along with your real name, and your account may be discoverable to your Facebook friends if you’ve linked your PlayStation 4 with Facebook.

You can manage these privacy settings in your PlayStation 4’s Settings screen, tweaking them to whatever you’re comfortable with.

To access these settings, head to your PlayStation 4’s home screen, press “Up,” scroll to the right, and select the “Settings” icon.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Select “PlayStation Network/Account Management” on the Settings screen to access your account options.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Manage Facebook and Other Social Media Accounts

Select “Link with Other Services” to control whether your PlayStation 4 is linked with social media services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dailymotion.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

From here, you can choose the services that are linked with your account. These services primarily allow you to post screenshots and video clips to your social media pages, and the PlayStation 4 won’t share anything without your permission. However, sign into Facebook and your Facebook friends will be able to find your PlayStation 4 account.

You can customize exactly how Facebook integration works in the privacy settings, but you can also choose to unlink your Facebook account here if that bothers you. Or, if you haven’t set up Facebook integration yet and would like to, you can select “Facebook” here to sign in on Facebook.

Only master account holders can link social media accounts, not users of sub-accounts.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Manage Your Privacy Settings

Select “Privacy Settings” on the PlayStation Network/Account Management screen to access your PlayStation’s privacy settings.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

You’ll have to provide your PlayStation Network account’s password to continue.

Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see four categories: Sharing Your Experience, Connecting with Friends, Managing Your Friends List and Messages, and Protecting Your Information.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Sharing Your Experience

The Sharing Your Experience screen controls who can see your PlayStation 4-related activities. There are two options here: Activities and Trophies.

Activities show what you’re doing on your PlayStation 4. This includes which games you play, which videos you watch, and which trophies you earn in video games. By default, “friends of friends” can view this information. This means people you’re friends with and people they’re friends with. However, you can restrict it to just friends or no one at all–or even let anyone view this information.

On a PlayStation, “trophies” are the equivalent of achievements on platforms like Microsoft’s Xbox and Valve’s Steam. You earn them for making progress in games, completing games, and other accomplishments. By default, anyone can see the trophies you’ve earned. However, you can restrict this information to friends of friends, only friends, or no one at all. You can also choose to exclude trophies from specific games if you don’t want your friends knowing you’ve played a specific game.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Connecting With Friends

The Connecting With Friends screen controls who can send you friend requests, who can see your real name, whether people can find your PlayStation account by searching for your real name, and who your PlayStation recommends you connect with.

By default, anyone can send you a friend request. Only close friends of your close friends–that is, friends who’ve accepted a friend quest and been given permission to see your real name–will be able to see your real name and profile picture. No one can find you by searching for your real name. Your PlayStation 4 will only recommend you connect with close friends of your close friends.

These settings are fairly private by default, but you can choose to make them less so. You could let people find you by searching for your real name if you want to be more discoverable to people who know you, and share your real name with more gamers. Or, you could tighten them, preventing people from sending you friend requests and ensuring your real name doesn’t appear on other people’s consoles at all.

If you’ve connected your PlayStation 4 with your Facebook account, you can also adjust whether your PlayStation Network account is recommended to your Facebook friends through the “Players You May Know” feature.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Managing Your Friends List and Messages

The Managing Your Friends List and Messages screen controls who can view your friends list and who can see your real name and profile picture in games. It also controls who can send you friend requests, requests to watch your gameplay, and messages.

By default, friends of friends can view your friends list and only close friends can see your real name in games. Anyone can send you a friend request or message, while only friends can send a request to watch your gameplay.

You can adjust these settings from here–for example, you could restrict your friends from viewing your friends list and make it private. If you don’t want to receive messages from people who aren’t your friends, you could have your PS4 allow incoming messages only from friends.

The “Friend Requests” option here is the same option as on the Connecting With Friends screen above. It’s just duplicated here to make it easier to find, as it make sense in both sections.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Protecting Your Information

The Protecting Your Information screen gives you a single screen that makes it easy to control where your real name appears, and who can find you through recommendations.

If you’ve gone through the above sections, you’ll notice that this screen just contains the same options offered on the above screens. These personal-information-related settings are located in a single place so you can easily find them and change them all at once.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Lots of these features depend on who you’re friends with. To access your friends list, visit the PS4’s home screen, press the “Up” button to access the row of icons on top of the screen, and select “Friends.” You can view your friends list, remove friends, search for friends, and add them from here.

The PlayStation®4 has been designed with several features and functions to support accessibility needs.

Where to find PlayStation®4 Accessibility Settings

Go to Settings > Accessibility to find the accessibility options.

PlayStation®4 Accessibility Setting Options

This setting is available only for content that includes closed captions.

How to set up closed captions?

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Closed Captions

Check the box for Display Closed Captions

Select Closed Caption Settings, then uncheck the box Display Closed Captions as Specified by Content to customize your closed caption text including font type, size, text color, background color, and more. To use the default settings, check the box Display Closed Captions as Specified by Content

​To display closed captions, press the OPTIONS button during BD or DVD playback, and then select Closed Captions.

These settings allow you to change controller button assignments. Each change swaps the roles of two buttons.

Note that on-screen directions will not reflect your button assignments.

  • This feature is available only on PS4™ systems sold in certain countries or regions.
  • The text to speech feature is available only when the system language is set to English (United States).

Enable Text to Speech to hear the system read certain on-screen text and contextual information. Text to Speech works when navigating Messages, using the on-screen keyboard, and in other menu areas.

The following Text to Speech options are available:

  • Text to Speech – Check this box to enable text to speech.
  • Speed – Adjust how quickly/slowly instructions are spoken aloud. Speed can only be adjusted if Text to Speech is enabled.
  • Volume – If Text to Speech is enabled, select this and press right or left to raise or lower the volume of spoken instructions.

Check this box to enable zooming in on the screen. Once Zoom has been enabled:

  • Press the PS button and the SQUARE button at the same time to zoom in.
  • Move the enlarged area of the screen using the direction buttons or dual analog sticks. Other controls are disabled while zooming.
  • Cancel zooming by pressing the CIRCLE button, or by pressing the PS button and the SQUARE button at the same time.

Check this box to reverse the colors displayed on the screen.

Note: the screensaver will not start while colors are inverted.

This setting applies larger text in most areas of the PS4™ dynamic menu.

This setting applies bold font to the text in menus.

Apply this setting to darken the background, providing a higher contrast between text and background.

This setting allows you to choose how quickly scrolling text messages will move across your screen.

Available settings range from “Very Slow” to “Fast“.

This setting adds a set of Accessibility features to your Quick Menu. To view the Quick Menu, press and hold the PS button.

Here is a list of the Accessibility features added to the Quick Menu:

  • Enable Text to Speech
  • Invert Colors
  • Enable Custom Button Assignments

Learn how to set up parental controls and limit your child’s use of apps and features on your PS4™ system.

How do parental controls for PS4 work?

Parental controls and spending limits work alongside family management and play time controls to help you manage your child’s activity on PS4 and PlayStation™Network (PSN).

In order to set parental controls, you will need your own account for PlayStation Network and an account for each child. If you set up the child accounts, you will automatically be the family manager. If someone else sets up the child accounts, they can appoint you as a “guardian” to enable you to set parental controls and spending limits.

When setting parental controls, remember to adjust the system settings to prevent children from changing parental controls.

How to set up parental controls for PS4

You can set parental controls from a web browser or on your PlayStation 4 system:

Web Browser

Sign in to Account Management > Family Management.

Select the child account you want to set restrictions for and select Edit to adjust each feature.

On your PS4 system, go to Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > Family Management. You may need to re-enter your account password.

Select the child account you want to set restrictions for and select a feature to adjust.

What are the PlayStation 4 parental controls?

Parental controls on PS4 allow you to restrict child account access to network features, applications and devices:

Set play time restrictions
Play time management gives family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) the ability to set limits on when, and for how long, each child can access PS4 systems.

Set monthly spending limits on PS4
If you set a spending limit for a child account, we will let that child spend up to that amount each month on PlayStation Store. The funds are taken from the family manager’s wallet.

Please note, if you are a “guardian” but not the family manager, let the family manager know what you are doing. If you are family manager, be aware that anyone you appoint as guardian can change the spending limits you have created.

Restrict communication and user-generated content on PS4
You can prevent child accounts from communicating with other players via chat, messages and game invitations. This setting also restricts viewing content created by other players on PS4. You can block videos, images, and text created by other users.

Note: Child accounts can request an exception to use communication features in a specific game.

Set age rating levels for games, Blu-ray™ and DVD on PS4
Games and videos are rated by age level to help parents figure out whether the content is appropriate for their child. Learn about age ratings before you adjust this setting.

Restrict use of Internet Browser

Restrict use of PlayStation® VR: PlayStation® VR is not for use by children under 12 years.

Learn how to control who can communicate with you or see your activity on PlayStation Network (PSN).

General PSN privacy settings

You can limit how visible you are to other users on PlayStation Network using privacy settings. You can customize the following features:

Gaming | Media
Choose who can see your shared media and recent activities.

Friends | Connections
Control who can send you Friend requests, follow your account and see your connections.

Personal Info | Messaging
Choose who can see your real name and communicate with you.

How to change privacy settings on PSN

Web browser: set PSN privacy settings

  1. Go to Account Management on a connected device.
  2. Select PSN privacy settings > select the feature you would like to change privacy settings for >Edit .
  3. Choose who you want to allow from the drop-down menu and select Confirm .
  1. Go to Settings >Users and Accounts >Privacy >View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.
  2. Select a preset privacy setting level or select a feature to change privacy settings.

Go to Settings > Account Management > Privacy Settings and enter your password.

Select the feature you would like to change privacy settings for.

Preset privacy settings on PS5 consoles

Choose from four preset profiles to adjust your PS5 privacy levels to suit you.

  1. Social and Open
    You’re open to all requests and messages. Any player can see your profile information.
  2. Team Player
    Any player can see most of your profile information, but they need to at least be friends of friends to invite you to chat.
  3. Friend Focused
    Only your friends can see your information and invite you to chat.
  4. Solo and Focused
    No player can see your profile information or invite you to chat, even if you’ve added them as a friend.

Parental controls set by a family manager will override any privacy settings selected by a child account.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a social media-style dashboard. Your friends can view your PlayStation activity along with your real name, and your account may be discoverable to your Facebook friends if you’ve linked your PlayStation 4 with Facebook.

You can manage these privacy settings in your PlayStation 4’s Settings screen, tweaking them to whatever you’re comfortable with.

To access these settings, head to your PlayStation 4’s home screen, press “Up,” scroll to the right, and select the “Settings” icon.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Select “PlayStation Network/Account Management” on the Settings screen to access your account options.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Manage Facebook and Other Social Media Accounts

Select “Link with Other Services” to control whether your PlayStation 4 is linked with social media services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dailymotion.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

From here, you can choose the services that are linked with your account. These services primarily allow you to post screenshots and video clips to your social media pages, and the PlayStation 4 won’t share anything without your permission. However, sign into Facebook and your Facebook friends will be able to find your PlayStation 4 account.

RELATED: How to Enable Parental Controls on Your PlayStation 4

You can customize exactly how Facebook integration works in the privacy settings, but you can also choose to unlink your Facebook account here if that bothers you. Or, if you haven’t set up Facebook integration yet and would like to, you can select “Facebook” here to sign in on Facebook.

Only master account holders can link social media accounts, not users of sub-accounts.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Manage Your Privacy Settings

Select “Privacy Settings” on the PlayStation Network/Account Management screen to access your PlayStation’s privacy settings.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

You’ll have to provide your PlayStation Network account’s password to continue.

Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see four categories: Sharing Your Experience, Connecting with Friends, Managing Your Friends List and Messages, and Protecting Your Information.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Sharing Your Experience

The Sharing Your Experience screen controls who can see your PlayStation 4-related activities. There are two options here: Activities and Trophies.

Activities show what you’re doing on your PlayStation 4. This includes which games you play, which videos you watch, and which trophies you earn in video games. By default, “friends of friends” can view this information. This means people you’re friends with and people they’re friends with. However, you can restrict it to just friends or no one at all–or even let anyone view this information.

On a PlayStation, “trophies” are the equivalent of achievements on platforms like Microsoft’s Xbox and Valve’s Steam. You earn them for making progress in games, completing games, and other accomplishments. By default, anyone can see the trophies you’ve earned. However, you can restrict this information to friends of friends, only friends, or no one at all. You can also choose to exclude trophies from specific games if you don’t want your friends knowing you’ve played a specific game.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Connecting With Friends

The Connecting With Friends screen controls who can send you friend requests, who can see your real name, whether people can find your PlayStation account by searching for your real name, and who your PlayStation recommends you connect with.

By default, anyone can send you a friend request. Only close friends of your close friends–that is, friends who’ve accepted a friend quest and been given permission to see your real name–will be able to see your real name and profile picture. No one can find you by searching for your real name. Your PlayStation 4 will only recommend you connect with close friends of your close friends.

These settings are fairly private by default, but you can choose to make them less so. You could let people find you by searching for your real name if you want to be more discoverable to people who know you, and share your real name with more gamers. Or, you could tighten them, preventing people from sending you friend requests and ensuring your real name doesn’t appear on other people’s consoles at all.

If you’ve connected your PlayStation 4 with your Facebook account, you can also adjust whether your PlayStation Network account is recommended to your Facebook friends through the “Players You May Know” feature.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Managing Your Friends List and Messages

The Managing Your Friends List and Messages screen controls who can view your friends list and who can see your real name and profile picture in games. It also controls who can send you friend requests, requests to watch your gameplay, and messages.

By default, friends of friends can view your friends list and only close friends can see your real name in games. Anyone can send you a friend request or message, while only friends can send a request to watch your gameplay.

You can adjust these settings from here–for example, you could restrict your friends from viewing your friends list and make it private. If you don’t want to receive messages from people who aren’t your friends, you could have your PS4 allow incoming messages only from friends.

The “Friend Requests” option here is the same option as on the Connecting With Friends screen above. It’s just duplicated here to make it easier to find, as it make sense in both sections.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Protecting Your Information

The Protecting Your Information screen gives you a single screen that makes it easy to control where your real name appears, and who can find you through recommendations.

If you’ve gone through the above sections, you’ll notice that this screen just contains the same options offered on the above screens. These personal-information-related settings are located in a single place so you can easily find them and change them all at once.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Lots of these features depend on who you’re friends with. To access your friends list, visit the PS4’s home screen, press the “Up” button to access the row of icons on top of the screen, and select “Friends.” You can view your friends list, remove friends, search for friends, and add them from here.

When you set up a family, you can add children and other players to your family. You can customize parental controls for each child.
Family members include the following.

  • Family Manager
    When you create a family, you are the family manager. As the family manager, you can add and manage family members, and set parental controls. You must be an adult to create a family.
  • Parent/Guardian
    As a parent or guardian, you can set parental controls. The family manager can appoint another adult family member as a parent or guardian.
  • Family Members
    Any user added to a family is a family member.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

  • Conditions for the use of family features vary by country or region. For details, visit the customer support website for your country or region.
  • You can manage parental controls from (PlayStation App) or by visiting the website below using your PC or smartphone.
    https://www.playstation.com/acct/family

Setting up your family

You can set up a new family or join a family that already exists.
Select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management], and then follow the on-screen instructions to enter your sign-in information.

  • A user can be in only one family at a time.
  • Children are automatically added to the family of the adult who creates their user accounts. Children cannot be removed from the family they are added to, so be sure that the adult who creates a child’s user account intends to be the family manager.

Setting up a new family

Select [Set Up Now] or [Set Up Your Own Family], and then follow the on-screen instructions to add family members.
You can add members to your family in either of the following ways.

  • Send a family request to a player.
  • Create a new user.

Joining an existing family

You need a family request from the family manager to join an existing family. When you receive a family request, select the family you want to join from [Received Family Requests].

What the family manager can do

Select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management], and then follow the on-screen instructions to enter your sign-in information.

Add Family Member

Select [Add Family Member], and then send a family request to another player or create a new user.

Appointing a parent/guardian

Select an adult family member that you want to appoint, and then select the checkbox for [Parent/Guardian].

Remove from Your Family

Removing a family member who is a parent or guardian also removes their ability to set parental controls. This setting is available only when an adult family member is selected.

Parental Controls

Besides the family manager, parents or guardians can also manage parental controls settings. This setting is available only when a child family member is selected. For details, see “About restrictions”.

Reset Password

Change the password your child uses to sign in to PlayStation™Network. This setting is available only when a child family member is selected.

Joining PlayStation Network

You can give permission to your child to access PlayStation™Network.
Even if you select [Allowed] at first, you can change this setting to [Not Allowed] before your child signs in to PlayStation™Network for the first time. This setting is available only when a child family member who has never signed in to PlayStation™Network is selected.

Delete User Profile

When you delete a user profile, data managed by that user on your PS4™ system such as saved data, screenshots, and video clips are also deleted. This setting is available only when a family member who has never signed in to PlayStation™Network is selected.

What family members can do

Select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management], and then follow the on-screen instructions to enter your sign-in information.

Family Member Information

View a family member’s account information. If the family member has signed in to PlayStation™Network before, you can view information such as their sign-in ID.

Leave Family

After you leave your current family, you can create your own family or join another one. This setting is available only when adult family members select themselves.

Family managers and child family members cannot leave their family.

Select (Settings) > [Accessibility] to configure accessibility features, such as zooming and controller button assignments.

Some accessibility settings may only be applied to certain functions or certain screens. Also, the settings may not be applied to your screenshots or video clips, or to images shown in broadcasts.

Text to Speech

Use the text to speech feature to listen to on-screen text and contextual information. Select [Enable Text to Speech] to configure settings for reading speed and volume.

  • This feature is available only on PS4™ systems sold in certain countries or regions.
  • The text to speech feature is available only when the system language is set to [English (United States)].

To enable the Zoom feature, select the [Enable Zoom] checkbox. During zooming, you can only move the enlarged area or cancel zooming.
Each user can enable this feature.

Zoom in Press the PS button and the button together.
Move the enlarged area Use the directional buttons, left stick, or right stick.
Cancel zooming Press the button or the PS button.

Invert Colors

Invert screen colors.

When screen colors are inverted, the screensaver will not start.

Larger Text

Bold Text

High Contrast

Increase the screen contrast.

Closed Captions

Your PS4™ system can display closed captions. Closed captioning is a form of subtitling that displays the spoken parts of a video as text. Music and sound effects are also noted. This setting is available only for content that includes closed captions.
Select [Display Closed Captions] to display the Closed Captions Settings screen, where you can configure text size, background color and other settings. To do this, you’ll need to clear the checkbox for default settings.

  • To display closed captions, press the OPTIONS button during BD or DVD playback, and then select [Closed Captions].
  • For details on watching videos using PlayStation™Video, see “Playing a video from PlayStation™Video”.

Button Assignments

Select [Enable Custom Button Assignments] to change controller button assignments. Select [Customize Button Assignments], and then select the button you want to change.
This setting can be configured for each user.

Auto-Scroll Speed

Set the speed for automatic scrolling.

Press and Hold Delay

Set the press and hold delay for the PS button or SHARE button.

Add to Quick Menu

Add some of the accessibility settings to the quick menu. When you want to change the settings, easily access them from the quick menu.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Sony’s PlayStation 4 offers button remapping for its DualShock 4 controllers. If you don’t like a game’s control scheme, you’re free to switch the buttons around and make it more comfortable. The game doesn’t even need to offer its own button-remapping.

There’s a good chance you’ll never stumble on this feature unless you hear about it somewhere, as Sony categorizes this as an “accessibility” feature. Here’s what you need to know about how it works:

  • This change is made at the operating system level, and games aren’t aware of it. For example, let’s say you’re playing a game and the on-screen prompts tell you to press “X.” If you’ve remapped the Circle button to function as X, the game will still tell you to press “X.” However, you’ll actually need to press the Circle button on your controller. The PS4 will then send an “X” input to the game. Games aren’t aware that you’ve remapped buttons, so you’ll need to remember which button you’ve mapped as which.
  • Your new button mapping layout affects all games. You can’t just change a profile for one specific game. However, you can quickly enable or disable your custom button mappings from the Settings screen if you want to disable it for certain games.
  • Each user profile has its own button-remapping settings. If you have multiple profiles on your PS4, you can configure button remapping on one profile and it won’t affect other user profiles.

With that in mind, let’s talk about how to accomplish this.

How to Remap Your PS4 Controller’s Buttons

To find these settings, sign into a profile on your PS4 and press the PlayStation button on the controller to access the home screen.

Press “Up” on the controller to access the bar of icons on the top of the screen, select the “Settings” icon, and press the “X” button.

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Select the “Accessibility” category on the Setting screen that appears and press “X.”

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Scroll down on the Accessibility screen, select “Button Assignments,” and press “X.”

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Activate the “Enable Custom Button Assignments” option by pressing “X.”

You’ll see a “Customize Button Assignments” option appear here. Select it and press “X.”

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

The Customize Button Assignment screen allows you to remap one button to another. The button on the left represents the physical button on your controller, while the button on the right represents how the PS4 interprets it. For example, the first button here is “Triangle -> Triangle.” This means that, when you press the Triangle button on your controller, the console interprets that as a Triangle button press.

Let’s say you want to swap Triangle and Square around. You’d select “Triangle -> Triangle” and press “X.” You can then choose “Square” from the list that appears. That button press will now read “Triangle -> Square.” This means that, when you press the Triangle button on your controller, the PS4 will interpret this as a Square button press. The Square button can then be configured to function as Triangle, or you can remap other buttons.

When you’re done, select “Confirm” to leave this screen and save your changes.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

The PlayStation 4 allows you to remap the Triangle, Circle, X, Square, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left stick, Right stick, L1, R1, L2, R2, L3, and R3 buttons. For Left stick and Right stick, you can only swap the sticks–for example, you could make the Left stick’s directional input function as the Right stick’s, and vice versa.

The buttons are all labelled on your PS4’s controller, except the L3 and R3 buttons. The L3 button involves “clicking” or pressing the left stick down, while the R3 button means “clicking” or pressing the right stick down.

How to Check Your Button Assignments

You can always revisit the Button Assignments screen later to see a graphic displaying your custom button assignments. If you need to check while playing a game, you can just press the PlayStation button and navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Button Assignments. You can then return to the game and immediately resume right where you left off.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

How to Disable Custom Button Assignments

To disable your custom button setup, just revisit the Button Assignments screen and de-activate the “Enable Custom Button Assignments” setting. Your custom button layout will be saved, so you can re-activate this setting later and resume using the last button assignment profile you created without setting it up from scratch.

It would be nice if the PlayStation 4 allowed you to automatically load button-mapping profiles load when you launch a specific game, but that feature isn’t available. But this is still a big improvement from being unable to customize your controls in console games.

If you’re trying to get NAT type 2 on your PS4 then the first step is going to be to set up a port forward. It can seem like an intimidating task to login to your router and create a port forwarding entry, but don’t worry; we’ll walk you through it.

If you are not sure what Nat Type 2 means be sure to read our Nat Types Defined guide.

A port forward is way for data to get into your home network through your router. Without setting up a port forward then all data connections must be created from the inside of your network, which is usually a good thing.

However, when you are gaming, a lot of times you want people to be able to connect to your PS4. This is where a port forward comes into play.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

One other thing. When you set up a port forward it is also best to set up a static IP address pointing at your PS4. Having a static IP address for your PS4 guarantees that your PS4 will get the same IP address every time you turn it on. Without a static IP address your PS4 might get a different IP address every power cycle, which will break your port forward. The static IP address step is actually the harder step of the two, but sometimes it is worth doing because it means that you’re port forward will continue to work for a longer time.

Find PS4 IP Address

The first thing we need to do is find some IP addresses. We need to know both your PlayStation’s IP address and your router’s IP address. Fortunately there’s an easy way to get both.

From the PlayStation menu go to Settings, and then scroll down to Network.

On the Network screen choose “View Connection Status”. This will show you both your PS4’s IP address and your Default Gateway address.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

An IP address is a series of 4 numbers separated by a dot. It is very common for your PS4’s IP address to start with 192.168.0 or 192.168.1, followed by a final number. Another series of common IP addresses start with 10.0.0. and are also followed by a final number.

Your Default Gateway is Your Router

In networking terms your default gateway is your home router.

Write down both IP addresses because you are going to need them in the following steps.

Login To Your Router

Now we need to log in to your router. Open up a web browser and type the IP address into the address bar and press enter. You can use any web browser that you like: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, or Safari will all work. They all have an address bar where you can type in either website addresses or search terms. In the address bar (circled below) simply put the IP address of your router.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

In the example above that router’s IP address is 192.168.0.1. Be sure to put your router’s IP address in the address bar.

This should take you to the router’s login screen.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

You need to know your router’s username and password. If you’ve never set them that it’s likely that they are the defaults. You can find a list of default passwords here. When in doubt you can always try admin password or blank or a combination of the two.

Username Password
admin password
(leave blank) admin
(leave blank) password

Try various combinations from the list above. If none of them work we have many more to choose. Go find your router manufacturer on our Routers List and then find your router. You should see a list of all known usernames and passwords.

Find the Port Forwarding Section

Once you’re logged into your router you need to find the port forwarding section.

Sometimes it’s called Virtual Servers, sometimes it’s called Apps and Gaming, and sometimes it’s just called Port Forwarding. Sometimes it’s hidden under the firewall section, sometimes it’s hidden in the security section, and sometimes it’s in the LAN section. Look around a little and you should find it.

Here is what the Apps and Gaming section looks like in a typical Linksys router.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

In this case we’ve chosen Port Range Forwarding because it is the most flexible option in this router.

Create a Port Forward

A port forward is basically a setting that tells your router to take data that shows up on certain ports and send it to a certain device. In this case the ports are the standard PlayStation Network ports and this device is your PlayStation.

Remember: A Port Forward takes data coming in to your router from the internet and directs it at your PlayStation’s IP Address.

As you configure a forward in your router you may be asked about TCP or UDP. If you router has the option of Both then just use that as it’s simpler. For the PlayStation network on a router that supports both, here’s the list of ports to forward:

If your router supports Protocol Both:

Protocol Both: 1935,3074,3478-3480

If you must forward TCP and UDP separately then create a forward for the TCP ports and create another forward for the UDP ports. For the PlayStation Network here are the required TCP and UDP ports:

If your router does not support Protocol Both:

Protocol TCP: 1935,3478-3480

Protocol UDP: 3074,3478-3479

Remember that you are creating this forward pointing at the IP address of your PlayStation device.

Here is an example of forwarding the PlayStation Network ports on a very common Linksys router.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

Since this router takes ranges of values, we’ve created 3 entries. Each entry has a range of values in it from the list above.

If this router did not support Protocol Both then we would have had to create 4 entries; 2 for TCP and 2 for UDP.

Network Utilities

If you follow all of these steps then you should have NAT type 2 on your PlayStation 4. If you just can’t get it to work you can always use our Network Utilities software which comes with support. Our support team is happy to help you get NAT type 2 on your PlayStation.

How to customize your playstation 4’s privacy settings

When you use Network Utilities to forward ports in your router it automatically creates the correct entries for you. It can also combine multiple entries to maximize the limited available space in your router.

If you have any questions about this guide or about our software in general head to our Message System and let us know.