PlayStation 4 Pro on entertainment standSource: Jennifer Locke / Android Central

We all make mistakes when setting up our PlayStation Network accounts. Sometimes that means using a cringe-worthy PSN ID and not being able to change it for years, and other times that means using a fake birthdate that accidentally ends up locking you out of content. Fear not, because though PlayStation doesn't officially allow you to change your age, there is a backdoor method to do it. And it only works once.

Why change your age on the PS4?

Because most people entered an older age when first setting up their account, there isn't a great reason for a lot of people to want to change it other than just wanting the correct birthdate attached to the account. Content restrictions only matter if you have parental controls set up on the console or if a family member is using a sub-account.

When a sub-account is in use for a younger family member, it restricts the content they can watch or play depending on their age, even going so far as to limit online multiplayer options in certain games. If you trust your kids or don't care what they play, you may want to be able to change their birthdate.

  1. Go to account.sonymobile.com.

    Sony Mobile sign inSource: Android Central

  2. Sign-in using the same email and password as your PlayStation Network account.
  3. On the next page, enter the correct date of birth or whichever you'd like to use going forward.

    Sony Mobile change date of birthSource: Android Central

  4. Check the box confirming you have read the privacy statement.
  5. Click Save.

This appears to be the only way to change your age on PlayStation, and you only get one chance at doing so because this step is meant to confirm the age you entered the first time. It just so happens that at this point, you can also completely change it. Once you confirm your age or change it altogether, the system does not allow you to change your birthdate a second time. It's best to take extra caution that you don't screw it up and enter an incorrect date again.

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For when you don't know what to play just yet

When you finally get that pesky birthdate you made up changed, you should (hopefully) now have unrestricted access to content. Treat yourself to that game the store said you were too young for.

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