After news about a new PlayStation 4 hack, gamers have been wondering how to set their PlayStation 4 messages to private. The new exploit comes in the form of a private message that contains emotes and/or other random characters. If you open up and view this message your system will crash.
Sony is reportedly aware of the issue and
Update: Sony released a statement regarding the messaging hack. According to Sony:
"We've since fixed the issue, and it wasn't bricking consoles, just sending them into a crash loop that can be quickly fixed in under 5 minutes. Delete the message on the PS mobile app, go into Safe Mode, use Option 5, console back to normal."
How to Set PlayStation 4 Messages to Private
To set your PlayStation 4 messages to private, you’ll need to navigate to the Privacy Settings menu on your PlayStation 4. On Twitter, user @liquid_gaming broke the process down in an easy-to-follow format which you can find listed below.
- On the main PS4 menu, select “Settings.”
- From “Settings” select “Account Management.”
- Scroll to find the “Privacy Settings” option.
- In Privacy Settings, select “Personal Info/Messaging.”
- Select “Messages.”
- Set “Messages” to Friends Only or No One.
- Ensure your settings are changed and you’re done.
It shouldn’t take you too long to update your message settings. If you already have strange messages in your PlayStation 4 inbox, do NOT open these. Per the information above, opening these messages could result in annoying PlayStation 4 crash loop. Once that happens, you’ll need to run through the following steps as instructed by Sony:
- Delete the message on the PS mobile app.
- Go into Safe Mode.
- Use Option 5.
- Check to ensure your console has returned to normal.
If the reset provided by Sony isn't working, or your PlayStation 4 has other issues on top of the hacked message error, you can also try running through a factory reset. Although, be advised that you cannot reverse a factory reset once you run through it. To restore the default settings on your PlayStation 4, you’ll need to complete the following steps as noted by the PlayStation 4 User’s Guide:
- On the main PS4 menu, select “Settings."
- From “Settings” select “Initialization.”
- Choose the “Restore Default Settings” option.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to factory reset your PS4.
- WARNING: You cannot undo a factory reset, so make sure you 100% want to do this before accepting and completing the Restore Default Settings process.
The best way to avoid a hacked PlayStation 4 is to avoid opening any strange messages and for extra safety, set your PlayStation 4 messages to private. For a visual guide on how to set your PlayStation 4 messages to private, be sure to check out this helpful YouTube video below courtesy of user
By reading through this guide, you should now know how to set your PlayStation 4 messages to private.