PS5 privacy settings (step-by-step guides)

Learn how to change privacy settings on your PlayStation 5 and control who can communicate with you or see your activity with these step-by-step tutorials.

Block players

1. Press the PS button on your controller.

PS button on a PlayStation 5 controller

2. A menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. In this menu, you click on Game Base (select and press X).

Open Game Base on the PS5

3. Go to the profile of the player you want to block. You can click the Search for Players button in Game Base to search for the player you want to block.

Search for players on the PS5

4. Click the more options button indicated with three dots.

More options button in PS5 user profile

5. Click Block.

Block a player on the PS5

6. Click Block.

Block a player on the PS5

The player is now blocked.

View blocked players

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

Open PlayStation 5 users and accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

Open PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Click Players you're blocking.

Players you're blocking on the PS5

You will now see the players you're blocking.

Unblock players

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

Open PlayStation 5 users and accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

Open PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Click Players you're blocking.

Players you're blocking on the PS5

6. You will now see the players you're blocking. Click Unblock next to the player you want to unblock.

Unblock a player on the PS5

The player is now unblocked.

Hide your friends list

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

Open PlayStation 5 users and accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

Open PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Click Who can see your friends.

Who can see your friends setting on the PlayStation 5

6. Select No One.

Hide friends list on the PlayStation 5

Your friends list is now hidden.

Hide games from other players

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

PlayStation 5 Users and Accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Scroll down to the Your activity section.

6. Open Hide your games from other players.

Hide your games from other players on the PlayStation 5

7. Now you will see a list of all the games that are in your game library. Select the games you want to hide from other players.

Hide your games from other players on the PlayStation 5

The selected games are now hidden from other players. Other people won't see the game when they're viewing your profile or trophy list. They also won't see any of your activities for the game.

Hide your gaming history

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

Open PlayStation 5 users and accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

Open PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Click Who can see your gaming history.

Who can see your gaming history setting on the PlayStation 5

6. Select No One.

Hide your gaming history on the PlayStation

Your gaming history is now hidden.

Appear offline

Method 1: Login screen

1. When you're on the login screen, you press the options button on your controller.

Options button on a PlayStation 5 controller

A menu will pop up.

2. Select Appear Offline.

PlayStation 5 online status menu on the login screen

3. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

Your online status is now hidden.

Method 2

1. Select your profile icon in the top-right corner of your screen.

PlayStation profile icon

2. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

A menu will pop up.

3. Select Online Status.

PlayStation 5 profile menu

4. Press the X button on your controller.

Another menu will pop up.

5. Select Appear Offline.

PlayStation 5 online status menu

6. Press the X button on your controller.

Your online status is now hidden.

Method 3

1. Press the PS button (PlayStation logo) in the middle of the controller.

PS button on a PlayStation 5 controller

A menu will pop up at the bottom of your screen.

2. Select your profile icon.

PlayStation profile icon

3. Press the X button on your controller.

X button on a PlayStation 5 controller

A menu will pop up.

4. Select Online Status.

PlayStation 5 profile menu

5. Press the X button on your controller.

Another menu will pop up.

6. Select Appear Offline.

PlayStation 5 online status menu

7. Press the X button on your controller.

Your online status is now hidden.

Method 4: PlayStation app

1. Open the PlayStation App.

2. Tap on your profile icon.

PlayStation profile icon in the PlayStation app

3. Tap on Online Status.

Open online status settings in the PlayStation app

4. Select Appear Offline.

5. Tap on Done.

Online status settings in the PlayStation app

Your online status is now hidden.

Block friend requests

1. Open settings by selecting the settings (gear) icon in the upper right corner of your screen and pressing the (X) button on your controller.

Open PlayStation 5 settings

2. Open Users and Accounts.

Open PlayStation 5 users and accounts settings

3. Open Privacy.

Open PlayStation 5 privacy settings

4. Open View and Customize Your Privacy Settings.

View and Customize Your Privacy Settings on the PlayStation 5

5. Click Who can ask to be your friend.

Who can ask to be your friend

6. Select No One.

Block friend requests on PlayStation 5

Friend requests are now blocked.