How To Fix Locked PS4 Games

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    Depending on the setup you have, you may find that you are often dealing with PS4 games with the locked icon on them. When you try to load the game up, it will give you an error about not having the licenses that allow you to play it. Who do you fix this problem?

    This can sometimes be a temporary issue. If you have a slow connection to the internet at home or PSN is running a bit slow, it might take a few seconds for it to go away after you boot up. This guide will help you remove the padlock so that you can get back to playing a game.

    What Causes The Locked Icon on PS4 Games?

    The locked icon is generally a piracy prevention system. This exists to stop one person sharing games with others that they do not have a license to play. If you owned a PS3, you might remember that one person could purchase a digital game and others could log in with that account download it and they would be able to play that game forever.

    Sony wants to limit this so that only the person who paid for the game gets to play it. It makes sense, but it does get in the way. Even if you are not game sharing, you will run into some issues with games that are locked if you own two PS4 consoles. Here is some help to unlock them.

    This should only happen on a secondary PS4

    If you are experiencing this issue, you will likely be familiar with the primary and secondary PS4 system. The primary PS4 will store licenses on the machine and you will not need to constantly revalidate. This means the lock icon will never appear. If you are using a secondary PS4, you need to have an active internet connection to validate the license. Any failure in these requests to validate will cause the games to lock.

    How to fix PlayStation 4 Locked Games

    For fixing the PS4 game locked icon issue, I will assume that switching the PS4 to primary is not currently an option for you. The following steps will allow you to fix the problem assuming you are not sharing games with friends.

    Wait a Minute For The License To Validate

    If you were playing a game and it is in suspend mode, you will see the game is active, but the padlock is preventing you from loading the game. If this happens, you can wait a few moments. The PS4 is attempting to communicate with the PSN servers to check whether you have a valid license to play this game. Sometimes it can take a few seconds. It is very common for it to take a few seconds after booting up the PS4.

    Check Your Internet Connection

    Since an active internet connection is required to validate the license, make sure you are actually connected to the internet. You can run a connection test from the settings menu of the PS4 to be sure. Restarting your router or performing a full restart of the PS4 rather than using suspend/sleep mode. This could reset any networking components that have started acting up. Upon restarting you should be able to communicate with PSN to validate the license.

    Check your Account Is Not Banned

    Banned accounts are not able to communicate with PSN. If your account has been banned, you will be unable to validate licenses. Make sure that you are logged into PSN on the PS4 and everything is working as expected.

    Game Locked after Game Sharing

    I am not going to use this guide to teach people how to game share. If you are doing this, the locked icon is a very common problem. You can attempt to fix it using the solution above but the problem is down to you sharing the game in the first place. The other person who owns the primary account has control and is restricting your access to this title. Either they have connected to the internet and kicked you off or there is an issue with the account. Sharing is not something you should be doing with friends.

    Additional Help Fixing Locked Games

    This video is a good resource to use if the steps above have not been any use to you.



    1. Nice post.

      Thanks for sharing.

    2. Hey could someone one help me? I’m gameshating with my friend. I’m secondary his account is primary on my ps4. We both pre downloaded but nee cod isn’t out yet. And it still has the lock. Will this go once game is out.

    3. I to am having a similar share problem…..the ps4 is betweeen me and my fiance….1 console….but we both have accounts on it. i purchased the new cod cold war 2 months ago on my account thinking it would be usable for the both of us. It has just released but it is locked on my fiance’s account, does that mean i have to purchase a second copy for her also to be able to play?

      • Is her account on the same PlayStation? If so, have ye both set this PlayStation as the primary?

    4. I tried to game share and get 2k21 and after downloading it the ps4 locked all my games besides the ones on the discs, it’s asking me to purchase them even knowing that I’ve bought them on the same ps4 but a different account like wtf I’ve just lost over 200 dollars, can someone give me advice on what I should do?

      • We will need to know a little more about the situation. What PSN profiles paid for the games and what way is the primary console setup. If you have set a different console as a primary, other accounts on the non primary will not be able to make use of the games that one of the accounts has purchased

    5. only my ps4 store games are locked, Elder Scrolls after new Deadlands dlc, tropico 5, greedfall. All my games from ps now app work tho, i only have digital games, and im the only account on the console. I don’t game share.

    6. I don’t game share only got one account on my system download a Grandtheft auto vice city for free of the PlayStation store Plus Play the for one day next day it is locked watched over eight videos so far all of them says the same thing I tried them still does not work they keep on saying something about my license and then when I go to the store through that it says error try again later

    7. but how does your freind restrict you from the games

    8. Hwy Jordon so did your game worked? the one you shared with your frnd during pre order

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