GTA 5 has three protagonists, including Franklin, Trevor, and Michael. Sometimes, you need to switch among them to do missions assigned for each character. Some missions require you to switch characters for different objectives and actions. Let's see how to change characters in GTA 5 here.

Three Protagonists
Learn how to switch among three protagonists in GTA 5, including Franklin, Trevor, and Michael.

I. How To Change Characters In GTA 5 PC

A large number of GTA 5 players are playing this game on PC. It's very easy to switch characters when playing this game on PC. You need to follow these steps to change character during missions and acts.

  • Open the character-switch dial by pressing and holding the Alt key.
  • Select characters to use by using directional keys or the mouse.
  • Release the Alt after selecting the protagonist you want to control.

You need to do these actions quickly, especially while doing missions. You have three character options in the story mode of GTA 5. If you cannot change the character, you can be on a mission or very close to a mission point.

Choose Character
You need to change and select the right characters for different acts and objectives.

II. How To Switch Characters In GTA 5 Xbox 1 & PS4

You have to interact with different keys for the same actions when playing GTA 5 on Xbox One. Instead of using the keyboard, players will control characters and do in-game actions by using buttons on the D-Pad.

Follow these steps to switch characters in GTA 5 on Xbox One and PS4.

  • Hold the Down button to open the character-switch dial.
  • Select the character you want to control for the acts or mission by using the right analog stick.
  • The picked characters are highlighted in the dial.
  • You also release the down button on the pad to complete changing characters.

The required actions are not different from those on the PC platform. The only difference is the tool to interact with the in-game actions.

Each Character Has Different Abilities
Each character has different abilities for jobs and assigned missions.

The guide for how to switch characters in GTA 5 PS4 story mode has the same steps. PS4 players also use the D-pad to interact with the game. You need to switch characters to complete assigned missions and jobs.

III. How To Change Characters In GTA Online

In GTA Online, players can create two different characters and switch between them at their convenience. Unlike GTA 5 story mode, GTA Online requires players to do different actions to switch characters. You cannot do straightforward steps to change characters in the online multiplayer mode like in the single-player mode.

Select Character
You can create two characters in GTA Online to switch and use for different purposes.

Follow these steps to switch characters in the GTA online multiplayer mode.

  • When controlling one of the two characters to play the game, you need to activate the pause menu.
  • Open the Online tab in the Menu.
  • Locate and select the Swap Character option in this tab.
  • Confirm to quit the session.
  • Use the directional keys to select the character you want to use.
  • Confirm and come back to the game.

Keep in mind that you should select the character of convenience for different jobs and activities in GTA 5. For example, male characters are better for combat.

Choose Characters In Gta Online
you should select the character of convenience for different activities.

IV. Who Is The Best Characters In GTA 5?

Three protagonists in GTA 5 story mode have different strengths and weaknesses. When you need to select a character and do a mission or job for the random characters, you should take their abilities into consideration. Here are the best abilities of Franklin, Michael, and Trevor in the story mode.

  • Franklin is the best character choice for driving. He can slow down the time while driving vehicles for better handling and performance with cars and bikes.
  • Michael can pause the time in the gunfight to aim and shoot more accurately or avoid bullets.
  • Trevor can deal more damage to the opponent when he is in his rage mode. Besides, he also takes less damage.

So, you should choose Michael for gunfights, Trevor or melee fights, and Franklin for races or escaping cops when doing missions and jobs.

Trevor Gta 5
Use Trevor for melee fights and win fistfights when he is on his rage mode.

Those are all about how to change characters in GTA 5 on several platforms, including PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Besides, you also learned how to switch characters in the online multiplayer mode of this game. Let's choose the best character for each actions in the game.

>>> Also Read: Where To Find GTA 5 Strip Club & How To Get Strippers Home With You