How To Transfer GTA Online Characters

by Dean James

Being able to transfer your characters in GTA Online is an important thing, especially considering that one of the biggest features when Grand Theft Auto V launched last year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was the inclusion of online play for the first time in the series. Using the expansive Grand Theft Auto Online, gamers got the chance to build up their individual characters and profiles online.

Now, Grand Theft Auto V has come to the current-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in grand fashion. As a result, gamers will want to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters to the new versions of the game. Players are only able to do this transfer once. While you are able to still keep playing with your character on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, no stats will be able to be transferred ever again.

How to Transfer Characters in GTA Online

The process is pretty simple, but will require a few things. A cloud save from the initial PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version obviously, a Rockstar Social Club account, and a copy of the brand new Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Obviously, a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold membership will also be needed here.

Before even getting started, make sure you have the latest updates for Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as there were problems with transferring at launch that have since been patched. To avoid any of those potential issues, go ahead and download now on your respective console.

After that, start by going to the Rockstar Social Club and go ahead and link your account to your PSN or Xbox Live accounts, or whichever you plan on getting the original gamesave from. This can easily be done right here in your settings on the Rockstar Social Club page.

Once done with that, fire up Grand Theft Auto V on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. First you must play through the prologue and then you will be able to open up Grand Theft Auto Online through pausing the game or the character wheel. Upon doing this, you will be almost instantly be asked if you want to transfer your character over. At this point, you can go ahead and make the transfer or choose to push it off until later. If you do the latter, you will be prompted again by going to the Grand Theft Auto Online part of the main menu in the future. However, when the transfer is made, any progress made on the new version will be overwritten completely, with only money being kept, so be forewarned.

After starting the process, the game will automatically bounce you back to story mode, where you must wait for the transfer to occur. It shouldn’t take very long at all, so feel free to check back soon after and you can start your online experience in the current-gen version right away.

If you have multiple GTA Online characters saved from the original games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360, you will have a big decision to make, as you can only transfer one over to the new game.

What items get transferred in GTA Online?

When going through this process, all of the following will be transferred over to the new game:

  • All in-game money
  • RP
  • Rank
  • All Grand Theft Auto Online game progress
  • Weapons
  • Vehicles (will be found in the same garage they were left in before the transfer)
  • Clothing
  • Purchased properties
  • Crew information
  • All jobs made in the Creator
  • Online trophies and achievements

Also, any money that was purchased actually through PSN or Xbox Live for use in the game can only be transferred from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Keep that in mind when trying to decide which version of the new game to pick up, if you have not already done so. Other than that, you should be ready to get out there and make Los Santos yours once again, this time looking even better than before.

- This article was updated on April 21st, 2022