How to switch characters in GTA 5 – Switch between Trevor, Michael, and Franklin

How to switch characters in GTA 5 – Switch between Trevor, Michael, and Franklin
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Are you wondering how to switch characters in GTA 5? During the main campaign, you can play through the stories of Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Watch as they lead a life of crime and see how their stories intertwine.

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Who’s story are you most interested in playing? Do you want to see what is going on with Franklin? Here is how to switch characters in GTA 5.

How to switch between Michael, Franklin, and Trevor in GTA 5

Gta iii - screenshot 2 showcasing how to switch characters.
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If you want to switch between Michael, Franklin, and Trevor on PlayStation or Xbox consoles, follow these steps:

  1. Hold the down button on the D-Pad until the character menu / pop-up appears
  2. Use the right analog stick to select the character you want to use
  3. Release the D-Pad and the character should switch automatically

If you are playing on PC, follow these steps to switch between Michael, Franklin, and Trevor:

  1. Press and hold the Alt Key
  2. Use the arrow keys or mouse to select the character you want
  3. Release teh Alt Key to switch characters once you have one selected

This method of using the character-switch dial will allow you to swap characters easily in Grand Theft Auto V. Keep in mind that you cannot change characters outside of free-roam. When you are in a mission, the ability to swap characters is blocked until you are back in free roam mode.

You don’t have access to the switching mechanic until you complete the intro mission for each character. After this, you will be able to change characters.

Switch characters faster

If you want to switch characters faster, you can double-tap the down button on various platforms. This will cause the camera to shift and switch to the next character. On PC, this is done by double-tapping the Alt Key.

How to change characters in GTA Online

A screen shot demonstrating how to switch characters in the game, featuring the words 'manage characters'.
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If you go to the online mode, you can also switch characters provided you have made multiple. To switch characters in the game’s online mode, follow these steps:

  1. Bring up the pause menu
  2. Navigate to the online tab
  3. Select the Manage Characters option
  4. Go to the manage characters menu
  5. Select the character you wish to play Grand Theft Auto Online with

As with the main game, you cannot switch characters during a mission and instead need to enter free mode. This menu can also be used to create a new character, delete old ones, and edit characters. You can only have two characters in GTA Online at one time.

GTA 5 switch characters – FAQ

Can you change characters during a mission in GTA 5?

No. You cannot change characters while you are in a mission. You need to be in free-mode.

How do you quickly swap characters in GTA 5?

You can quickly swap characters by double-tapping the down button on the D-Pad or by double-tapping the Alt Key.