Following Is account sharing safe?

  • miseryguts 6 Nov 2016 12:29:49 246 posts
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    My Sister has just bought a PS4 & I've given her one of my account log in details so she can DL and play whichever of the 50 or so games on my account that she wants to.
    I've been told that this can get my account terminated though & if if does I'll lose all the games on there. Is this correct, if so why, should I stop the sharing and ask her to delete my account from her PS4?

    Edited by miseryguts at 13:02:34 06-11-2016
  • MBK72 6 Nov 2016 13:17:37 1 posts
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    I think account sharing with family is an accepted practice, a quik google search turned up this suggestion:

    http://uk.ign.com/wikis/playstation-4/How_to_Game-Share_with_Family_and_Friends
  • miseryguts 6 Nov 2016 13:48:38 246 posts
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    @MBK72

    I'd seen that but I'm still not sure I understand.. if my Sister is now logged into my primary account on her PS4, how am I able to play the games on my PS4? & can I still purchase/DL games on my console if I no longer access the primary account?
  • Dirtbox 6 Nov 2016 15:15:25 91,187 posts
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  • Deleted user 6 November 2016 15:30:41
    Dirtbox wrote:
    You can only be logged into one place at one time.
    What are you playing at slumming it in a console thread?
  • speed182 6 Nov 2016 15:41:52 1,047 posts
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    @miseryguts As long as your PS4 is activated as main PS4 for your primary account all the games on that account are shared to all accounts on the PS4 so you can play the same game she is at the same time, as long as she uses your primary and you use another account on your PS4.

    Downloading games can be set up so you can purchase and then download from the web. Although you may need to login to your primary to authentic the first time launching the game.

    I do this with my Wife all the time. Specifically US so all the games end up cheaper, she just uses my US account and I use my UK account.

    Edited by speed182 at 15:43:28 06-11-2016
  • CompetitiveDad 6 Nov 2016 16:18:05 8,168 posts
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    If you set up the two step verification process the password set on the primary console couldn't be changed without you knowing either.
    Set purchases to require a password too and use PayPal or remove all credit details altogether and just use psn top up cards or codes from places like cdkeys.

    Edited by CompetitiveDad at 16:19:17 06-11-2016
  • Dirtbox 6 Nov 2016 16:51:39 91,187 posts
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  • samharper 6 Nov 2016 18:24:23 1,119 posts
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    @miseryguts I do this with my brother, have done with every console I've owned since the PS3 (new games for 25ish, yes please),his PS4 is my primary and vice versa. I can play all his games on my account and he can play all mine on his, never had a problem with it. You do have to be connected to the internet and playing on your own account to play your own downloaded games though.

    Edited by samharper at 18:24:43 06-11-2016
  • miseryguts 6 Nov 2016 19:07:28 246 posts
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    @speed182

    I think I understand, but presumably you & your wife are using the same PS4.. does the fact that my Sister is on another PS4 with my primary account not matter?
  • Peew971 6 Nov 2016 19:40:41 7,257 posts
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    @miseryguts read the post above yours, you won't find a clearer explanation.
  • speed182 6 Nov 2016 20:20:05 1,047 posts
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    @miseryguts Nope, we both each have our own PS4's.

    For example: My main account primary on PS4a (mine) all games bought on that account are shared accross all accounts on PS4a due to that being set as the primary PS4 for that account. So I use a secondary account to play my games.

    My wife uses and logs into my main account on PS4b (hers) and gets to play my games.

    So we can both play the same games at the same time.

    EDIT: Here's a video explaining it aswell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjZR32zI-hA

    Edited by speed182 at 20:23:18 06-11-2016
  • Deleted user 6 November 2016 20:21:48
    Aren't you worried about AIDS
  • samharper 6 Nov 2016 23:26:43 1,119 posts
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    @speed182 Why don't you set your wife's PS4 as your primary one? Then she can use her own account and you can use yours.
  • speed182 6 Nov 2016 23:57:22 1,047 posts
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    @samharper I did mention earlier that she uses my US account and I use my UK account as we buy all digital content from US so I do use my own account.

    When we had one PS4 I had already purchased plenty on my US account when we got the second so she just took over my US account.

    Edited by speed182 at 00:00:18 07-11-2016
  • miseryguts 7 Nov 2016 19:54:48 246 posts
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    Given up!.. Sis brought round her PS4 & after setting up my US account as primary on her console I could no longer access any of the games on my PS4 regardless of the account used.. I'm sure it's something simple that I'm doing wrong but none of the three of us could figure out what the problem was & gave up after several hours of trying.
  • Deleted user 7 November 2016 20:06:04
    Is it safe?

  • pacrifice 7 Nov 2016 20:13:40 4,822 posts
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    If you make a psn account primary on a ps4, whoever uses that ps4 doesn't need to be logged into the psn primary account when they play said game downloaded through the psn primary account.

    The second user, on a different ps4, if they want to play the game downloaded through psn primary account, they need to log into the primary account.

    So the primary user doesn't log into the psn primary account to play game.

    Person 2 logs in to primary account to play games.
  • him7403 12 Oct 2018 00:30:19 1 posts
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    pacrifice wrote:
    If you make a psn account primary on a ps4, whoever uses that ps4 doesn't need to be logged into the psn primary account when they play said game downloaded through the psn primary account.

    The second user, on a different ps4, if they want to play the game downloaded through psn primary account, they need to log into the primary account.

    So the primary user doesn't log into the psn primary account to play game.

    Person 2 logs in to primary account to play games.
    But is it legal? I've lots of games on my account. If I want to share it with my brother who lives in Asia where I live in North America, do I risk getting my account banned?
  • Dirtbox 12 Oct 2018 01:03:28 91,187 posts
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    Legality has nothing to do with it, their EULA dictates what you can and can't do with their service, and they will kill your account if you're sharing games across regions.
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