How to Use PS4 Themes from Different PlayStation Network Regions

Many are confused by the little lock icon that appears when they try to use a foreign PS4 theme on their main PSN account. Let's make it disappear.

on August 3, 2018 1:00 PM

We often cover PlayStation 4 themes from many regions here on DualShockers, especially when they’re free. Yet, many seem to think that they cannot use, for instance, a Japanese theme with an American account, or an American theme with a European account. This is not the case.

If you think you’re stuck using only themes from the same region as your PSN account, this little guide is for you.

All you have to do in order to enable a foreign theme to be used for all your accounts on a specific PS4 console is to go to the account of the region corresponding to the theme you want, that you’ll have added to your PS4, then find the “Account Management” option in the Settings. Select “Activate as Your Primary PS4,” and then “Activate.”

After you’ve done that, you’re all set. You can go back to your main account, and select the theme as usual from the “Settings” -> “Themes” menu. You’ll notice that the little lock icon that prevented you from using your brand new theme before has disappeared.

Below you can check out a quick video guide that will lead you through the whole process.

Incidentally, if themes from Japan are what you’re interested in, you should definitely check out our guide on how to create and maintain a Japanese PSN account.

If you want to try this guide out with a couple of recent free themes from Japan, you can check out one forĀ Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, and one forĀ Death End re;Quest.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.