Genshin Impact released this week and there’s a variety of ways to create and link an account to your credentials. You only need one method, even just a username and password, to play Genshin Impact. However, if you’re concerned about losing your password it’s useful to link as many methods as you can.
I decided to make this quick little how-to as it’s a little confusing at first, I had to ask someone how to change credentials myself. Feel free to share other Genshin Impact tips and ask questions in the comments! I can make more guides based on what questions people have.
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Creating Your Account
It doesn’t matter which method you use to create your account at first (except for PS4 users! PS4 is not cross-save), so don’t be afraid to use Username, Mobile Phone, Email, or anything else. Just create an account and play through some of the intro until you can open the menu.
If you create an account and have second thoughts about using that email/twitter account, don’t worry, you can link a different method and unlink most account methods. So if you put in an email and want to use a different one, don’t abandon the account, just change the link. You cannot change Username however.
Note you can’t link a method to 2 accounts: you must first log in to the linked account, add a second link option to that account, then unlink the mobile/email/google/etc account. Usernames cannot be unlinked.
To change your account links, go to the Paimon menu, the icon at the top left of the main UI:
Next go to the Settings menu from the Gear icon:
Now open the User Center:
In here is the Linked Accounts menu, press any of these buttons to start linking the relevant accounts:
Here’s all the methods to link your Genshin Impact account and help keep it safe. Note each third party account/email/etc can only be linked to one account, so if you make an account using one of these methods then try to link a new account to that old third party account, you won’t be able to.
There’s no major benefit to linking more than one account type, it’s just to help you keep access to your account if you forget your password. You’ll need to verify your account (password, email, text) to link a new method, but once linked you’ll only need to provide one set of credentials to log in on any device.
A standard Username and Password is the lighest way to set up your Genshin Impact account, but if you forget your password it can be a problem. If you use a Username, I recommend linking at least one of the other methods below as well.
Note your Username is not your User ID (the “friend code” you add people to in game) nor is it your character name (which can be changed at any time). It doesn’t need to be memorable or relatable to other people, it is only to log into Genshin Impact.
I’d recommend linking at least an email in case you forget your Genshin Impact password. You’ll need to input your email, and get a verification code in your inbox when linking Email.
You can link your mobile phone number instead of an account code, like email they’ll send you a code (via text) to input.
Game Center, Apple ID, Google
I STRONGLY recommend that you do not bother linking with Google or Apple accounts. They are responsible for almost every problem people have and cannot be used on other platforms. They are useless.
From an iOS device, you can link your Game Center and/or Apple ID account. These can’t be linked except on iOS. You don’t need to link your Game Center to play on iOS, it’s just another way to log in, and one that doesn’t work on PC. Note linking mobile accounts doesn’t prevent you from playing on PC, you just can’t use this account when logging on via PC, you must add a non-Apple/Google account link to log in on PC.
Similarly Google accounts can only be linked and only be used on Android.
Note if you want to play on PC as well, you need to link a different account method to play your account on PC. It’s okay if you already created the account using Apple ID/Game Center/Google, just add a second kind of login. If you already have a different method linked, there is no reason to link a Mobile-only account unless you’re worried you will lose access to all of your non-mobile account options.
Characters/accounts made on PS4 have to stay on PS4, so you can’t link your PSN account to your Mobile/PC character. It is not “cross save” on PS4.
You can still cross-play with other players using your ingame UID. You cannot link any other kinds of accounts or unlink PS4 accounts; your PS4 account is your PSN ID, no ifs, ands, or buts. This also means you cannot log into https://genshin.mihoyo.com to redeem codes on PS4. PS4 accounts do not have a MiHoYo account to log into at all.
Please stop joining the discord to ask how to link PS4 accounts, the answer is still “you can’t” period.
Can I Play On PC?
For some reason people seem very confused about this—if you are not playing on PS4, your character can transfer between PC and Android/iOS at any time, you can play on both platforms flawlessly without reinstalling, restarting, ‘transferring’ saves etc.
You just need to link any account method EXCEPT Google/Apple/Game Center. Use a username, email, Twitter, Facebook, or mobile phone number, then just log in to both devices using accounts linked to the same character.
If you’re on PS4 your character is permanently tied to your PSN account and cannot be changed ever.
Should I use Bluestacks to play on PC?
Goodness no!! I’ve seen this asked several times, Genshin Impact has a native PC version that will perform a dozen times better than emulated Android, please download the native version instead.
Logging out of Genshin Impact
This is another slightly confusing one; there are two buttons that ask if you want to Log Out on the title screen. The one to the left with the “power” symbol is to close the game. The one on the right with the “leaving through a door” icon is the Log Out button.
Click the right button to log out of an account to switch accounts or if you’ve made an account in error and want to use other credentials.
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