by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 18th September, 2019
So you have a Playstation gift card, but you aren't sure how to use it? Redeeming the funds on your gift card is actually quite easy, though it may not seem clear to those who are new to doing it.
Don't worry! We're here to guide you through the process so that you can get to using that money.
There are a couple of different methods you can choose from to ensure the money makes it into your account. Consequently, we're including the steps to redeeming your Playstation code both on the Playstation website and on your PS4.
The results will be the same no matter which one you choose, so pick the one you're most comfortable with!
If you prefer to redeem your code using the Playstation website, it's not a difficult task to accomplish. The Playstation site is designed to allow you to redeem codes and make purchases without too much difficulty. Just follow these steps and you'll be done in no time!
For many, the playstation store will be located at playstation.com/en-us. However, keep in mind that there are other versions of the website out there as well. These will offered in different languages and designed for use by different countries.
If you aren't located in the United States, it's a good idea to head to Playstation.com and look for the site version designed for your location. That way, the language and form of currency will be most accurate for you. It will make the entire process much easier overall.
From that page, you can take the next steps.
Your next step will be to sign into your Playstation account. Typically, this includes the same credentials that you use to sign in from your Playstation device.
If for any reason you can't remember the information, you can simply select the "forgot password" option and the site will guide you through the process to creating a new one.
Once you've signed in, you can locate the "Playstation Store" from the header menu. This will bring you to the section where you can purchase games, movies or apps, or redeem the code from a Playstation gift card.
On the upper right-hand corner of your screen, you should be able to see your avatar. That is the symbol you chose to represent you.
When you click on this symbol, a number of options will pop up, allowing you to choose to make changes to your account or engage in other kinds of activities.
When you move down the list under your avatar, you'll be able to see an option that says "redeem code". This is the choice you'll want to select, as it will take you where you need to go. Just make sure you have your code ready so that you can enter it on the next screen.
At this stage, you'll be able to input the code from your giftcard into the provided boxes. Make sure that you enter everything exactly as you see it on the card, or it may not be accepted. Take your time, and you'll be able to enjoy the rewards after the code is accepted.
Once you receive confirmation that your funds are now in your Playstation account, you can use them however you like. Whether it's for a game, application, movie or your Playstation Plus membership, it's sure to pay off in ways you'll enjoy!
You can also choose to redeem a Playstation giftcard right on your PS4. It's an easy task, with fewer steps than redeeming the code online. It's also incredibly easy to then use the gift card funds however you'd like. Let's take a look at the steps involved!
Typically, this option will be on the far left of your screen. You may need to scroll through some of your games and applications to get there. Once you do, simply select it and the Playstation Store will load.
Keep in mind that you may need internet access for this, so make sure your internet is set up accordingly.
As you scroll down the left-hand side of the page, you'll see things like "deals", "games", "movies" and more. Somewhere in that list you'll also be able to find "redeem code". This is the option you'll want to select, and make sure your code is scratched off and ready to input!
This is where you'll start entering the code. Just like when entering it online, you'll need to make sure that it's typed out exactly as it is on the gift card. That way, you won't have to deal with annoying errors. It's better to take it slow and get it right than to have to re-enter it several times!
After the code is confirmed, you'll be able to use that money however you want. Keep in mind that there are different kinds of giftcards, though. These can guide the way the funds are used somewhat. In the next segment, we'll take a look at the different kinds of cards available!
Using your giftcard funds will depend on the kind of gift card you have. There are gift cards designed to simply add money to the account and there are those that add time to a Playstation subscription.
If you chose the latter, then the card will add another month, three months or year to your subscription.
Otherwise, you can choose to spend the additional money by adding the game, app, movie or other item you want to your cart. The Playstation Store will guide you through the process of purchasing what you want with those gift card funds. Then, you can download and start playing!
If there are other payment methods listed on your Playstation account, then just make sure that you select the gift card rather than another method.
Have fun gaming!