How to change your character in GTA 5

Aakrit Sharma
Franklin, Trevor, and Michael in GTA 5Rockstar Games

One of the best features in GTA 5 is the ability to play as Trevor, Franklin, and Michael, and here’s how you can change your character to enjoy the campaign in unique ways.

GTA 6 is expected to have dual protagonists in the form of Lucia and Jason, but it won’t be the first game in the franchise to introduce more than one protagonist. GTA 5 did this over a decade ago by letting you switch your character and play as Franklin, Trevor, or Michael.

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All three characters vary greatly from each other, offering you new perspectives to enjoy the campaign. To understand the lore as deeply as possible, knowing how to switch between characters in GTA 5 is a must.

On that note, here’s how to switch your character in GTA 5 and play as Franklin, Trevor, or Michael.

Trevor, Franklin, and Michael talking in GTA 5Rockstar Games
GTA 5 was released in 2013 and is the second-most-sold game in history.

How to switch characters in GTA 5

Xbox and PlayStation

Here’s how to change your GTA 5 character on Xbox and PlayStation consoles:

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  1. Launch the game and when you’re in the open world, hold the down button on your D-pad.
  2. A character menu appears. Do not release the down button on the D-pad.
  3. Use the right analog stick to choose a character from Franklin, Trevor, and Michael.
  4. Once you’re sure about the decision, release the down button on your D-pad and your GTA 5 character will change!

As it turns out, GTA 5 doesn’t let you change the controller layout and controls. Many players have been stuck in parts of the story where switching the character is compulsory, but they can’t progress because the down button on their controller isn’t working.

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In such a case, you can either purchase a back button attachment for your controller that lets you remap two keys to the back or get a new controller altogether.


Here’s how to switch your GTA 5 character on PC:

  1. Launch the game and while in the free roam mode, press Alt and treat it like the down button on a controller’s D-pad.
  2. Use the arrows or mouse to select a character between Franklin, Trevor, and Michael.
  3. After making the final decision, release the Alt key and the active character should change!

Well, this was everything to know about switching characters in GTA 5. For similar guides on the title, you can check out:

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Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].