How to Delete Users on PS4 in 6 Easy Steps [2024 Guide]

  • Head on over to "Settings," select "Login Settings," then select "User Management." Now click on "Delete User", select the user you want to delete and tap X on "Delete" > "Yes."

If you’ve ever wondered how to delete users on PS4 to free up space or reorganize your family’s gaming setup, you’re in the right place. This guide will walk you through the straightforward steps for deleting both regular users and family members. Additionally, we’ll explore more drastic measures like full initialization and factory resets.

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Why Would You Delete a PS4 User

Before we get into the method, there can be multiple reasons for deleting a user on PS4:

  • Shared Console: If you share your PS4 with others and want to maintain privacy or individual gaming profiles.
  • Free Up Space: To clear up storage space, especially if your PS4 is running low on memory.
  • Gaming Hierarchy: When restructuring family gaming accounts or adjusting user roles on the console.
  • Personalization: If you want to personalize your gaming experience without the clutter of unused or unnecessary profiles.
  • Security: For security reasons, such as removing access for someone who no longer needs it.
  • Moving on: If you’re selling or trading-in your PS4 and don’t just want to factory reset it, deleting users might be a good substitute.

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How to Delete Users on PS4

Deleting users on a PS4 console is an easy and straightforward process. Just follow these steps to do so:

Step 1: Access “Settings” from the Home Screen

Begin by navigating to and selecting the “Settings” option right on your PS4’s home screen.

PS4 Settings

Step 2: Navigate to “Login Settings”

Scroll down until you see the “Login Settings” option and select it.

Login Settings

Step 3: Select “User Management”

Within the Login Settings section, select “User Management.”

User Management

Step 4: Click on “Delete User”

Now, press X on “Delete User” to start the removal process.

Select this option

Step 5: Choose the User You Want to Delete

There will be a list of all PS4 users displayed on the screen. Choose the user you want to delete from your console.

Choose the user you wish to remove

Step 6: Confirm the Deletion

Press X on “Delete” and then select “Yes” to confirm deletion of the PS4 user.

Select Delete
Confirm deletion by clicking on Yes

How to Delete a PS4 Family Member User

If you want to delete a family member from your PS4 instead of a normal user, here’s how you can do that:

Step 1: Access “Settings”

On the homescreen, press up on the D-Pad and select Settings.

PS4 Settings

Step 2: Select “Parental Controls/Family Management”

Within this menu, select “Parental Controls/Family Management.”

Parental Controls/Family Management

Step 3: Select “Family Management”

Now select “Family Management” for family-related user management.

Family Management

Step 4: Select the Family Member’s Profile

Identify the family member you want to remove and click on their profile to move to the next stage.

Choose family member

Step 5: Click on “Delete User Profile”

In the family management section, locate and click on “Delete User Profile” to initiate the removal process.

Delete the family user

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Alternate Methods of Deleting Users on PS4

If, for some reason, you cannot remove users on PS4 there are some alternatives to consider. You can try two methods as a last-minute solution. But remember, both of these methods will delete all your data from the console, leaving it like a store-bought one. So, don’t forget to back up the essential data before proceeding.

1. Full Initialize the PS4

This method will essentially factory reset your console, deleting any users stored on your PS4 in the process.

  1. Navigate to “Settings.”
    Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select “Initialization.”
    Select “Initialization”
  3. Now, click on “Initialize PS4.”
    Select Initialize PS4
  4. In this section, Press X on the “Full” option.
    Select Full
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

2. Factory Reset Your Console

This option is similar to initialization but instead of doing it within the normal PS4 settings, you need to boot into Safe Mode to do so:

  1. Power off the PS4.
  2. Hold the power button until it beeps twice then let it go. You will enter into Safe Mode.
  3. Connect your DualShock 4 controller with a USB cable.
  4. From the list of options, choose “Restore Default Settings.”
    Choose Restore Default Settings
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

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Wrapping Up

Congratulations! You’ve now mastered the art of deleting users on your PS4. Whether it’s for creating space, managing family accounts, or personalizing your gaming experience, these steps have given you the control you need. Your console, your rules. Happy gaming


Will deleting a user delete their game data?

No, it won’t. Game data is usually tied to the user account, so deleting a user won’t remove the game data.

Can I recover a deleted user?

Unfortunately, once a user is deleted, it’s gone for good. Always double-check before hitting that delete button!

Is there a limit to the number of users I can have on my PS4?

The PS4 supports up to 16 user profiles. If you’re nearing that limit, consider managing profiles or cleaning up unused accounts.

Will deleting a family member on PS4 affect shared games or subscriptions?

Yes, removing a family member might impact shared games or subscriptions. Check sharing settings and ensure everyone is on the same page before making changes.


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