How to switch characters in GTA 5

Marc Griffin
Franklin, Michael, and Trevor in GTA 5

GTA 5 lets you experience a compelling campaign from the perspective of three characters and you may be wondering how you can switch between them in the game. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Since GTA 5 arrived in 2013, the game has been well-received by its community, with its online mode and story mode, both having a huge player base to date. That being said, the game still looks stunning despite being 12 years old.

GTA 5 was the first game in the franchise to feature three characters, and the game allows you to cycle between all three, namely: Franklin, Trevor, and Michael. This allowed fans to experience the game’s story through three separate branches of the same tree.

To get the most out of the game’s narrative and gameplay, players must know how to swap between the three protagonists, so here is how you switch characters in GTA 5. 

How to switch between characters in GTA 5

GTA 5 characters
The game’s three characters provide deeper looks into GTA’s lore.

Here’s how to switch between characters in GTA 5:

  • While in the game’s world, hold down on the d-pad (console) or hold the Alt Key (PC); this will pull up the character-switch dial
  • With the character switch menu up, use the right analog sticks (console) or the arrow keys (PC) to choose between the three characters: Franklin, Trevor, and Michael.
  • Once you have selected your character, release the down button on the d-pad (console) or the Alt key (PC) to finalize your decision.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about how to switch characters in GTA 5. For more GTA content, check out our guides below:

About The Author

Marc is a former Dexerto writer who covered games and entertainment.