How to Change Your Age on PS4
Many of us have been gaming for a while now. The latest generation of consoles are over six years old, and despite their age, there are still loads of impressive games being released on them. However, if you happened to be younger than 18 when you first got your hands on your console, you might have “accidentally” set your birthday a bit earlier than it was, so you could get access to games that were rated for an age you hadn’t yet reached. Or maybe it actually was a mistake!
Either way, if you’ve entered an incorrect date of birth on your PlayStation account and want to change it, we’ve looked high and low to try and help you to fix your… error. It’s important to have the right age attached purely because if you ever forget your password, you’ll need to tell them your age as part of proving your identity.
Sony Says No
If you go to Sony’s PlayStation website and sign in to your account, you’ll be told that you’re only allowed to change some of the information attached to it. You can change your name, your email address, your Online ID, gender, address, and your language. However, according to this website, there are two things that are unchangeable: your country, and importantly, your age.
Fortunately, we live in a world of interconnected accounts and product cross-pollination. While it’s true that you can’t change your account via the PlayStation website, there’s still one sneaky back door method to fix the date of birth connected to your account.
Yes, I Totally Do Have a Sony Phone
Sony doesn’t just make the PlayStation range of consoles. They have their fingers in a lot of electronic pies, and one of the gadgets that they’ve been making for a while now is their Xperia range of mobile phones.
Funnily enough, you’re more likely to be in luck if you’ve never actually owned one, as the only way you can change your age on a Sony account that already exists is to use it to connect to the Sony Mobile service. When you connect to this part of Sony’s network with your pre-existing PlayStation account, it asks for your date of birth as part of the registration process.
Changing Your Age Using Sony Mobile
Before you do this, keep in mind that this is a one-time only deal. Once you’ve linked your PlayStation account to a Sony Mobile account and entered a date of birth there, the date of birth that you enter will be the one that you’ll be stuck with from now on. So, don’t make any mistakes, and don’t make the change unless you’re absolutely sure that this is the age that you want to have associated with your PlayStation account from now on.
Here’s what you need to do to do:
Sign Into the Sony Mobile Site
Open your computer’s web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.)
Enter sonymobile.com in the browser bar and press enter, or click on the link provided here.
In the text box labeled E-mail address, enter the address you use to log in to the PlayStation account that you want to change the age for.
Click on the blue Sign in button.
When the next page loads, enter your password into the Password text box and click on the blue Sign In button.
Input the Desired Birthday (Before proceeding)
Now, Sony will ask you to confirm your birth date. It is vital that you input the date you want for the life of your account here. Once you click the ‘Next’ button, there’s no going back. Even refreshing the browser or logging in again will not take you back to this page.
Scroll down to where it says Date of birth, and use the drop-down menus to enter the date of birth that you want to use from now on.
Click on the box to confirm that you have read the privacy statement.
Click on the blue Save button.
Again, we can’t stress this enough, this is the one and only way currently available for you to ever change the age connected to your PlayStation account. If you get it wrong this time, you’re basically out of luck unless Sony finally decides to make everyone’s life a little bit easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I change a minor’s birthday on their account?
In the world of gaming, there’s little more disheartening than being a 17 year old who can only play E rated games. Most of us initially use our real birthdays at least once before we realize that we’re doomed to playing child games until Sony registers us as adults.
The method listed above should give minors the ability to update their birthday (not that we’re recommending you do that if you’re underage). But, if it doesn’t, you’d need to create an entirely new profile.
Assuming you’ve just created the profile it shouldn’t be a problem. But, if you have a lot of games and purchases under your current account it could be a major issue.
As long as you keep your original account, you should be able to continue playing the games you’ve purchased. But, you will have to start over all of your game progress on the new account.
What are the ramifications for changing my birthday?
Of course, it does go against Sony’s terms and conditions to lie about your birthday. The restrictions are there to protect minors and Sony itself. Lying about your birthday is one of those ‘do it at your own risk’ actions because the company could revoke your account access.
Another drawback to lying about your birthday is account access. If ever there’s an issue and you can’t login, your birthday will be used as a security question. If you’ve chose some random month, day, and year, you wouldn’t be able to answer the question and regain access.
One and Done
There you have it – the only existing method for changing your age on your PS4. It’s a sneaky little workaround that takes advantage of the multifarious accounts required for logging in to the wide range of tech devices that Sony produces. That said, if by magic you’ve found a method that we’ve missed, please prove us wrong and share it in the comments section below!