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How to Set Up or Adjust Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Description:

Instructions on setting parental controls on the Nintendo Switch console or the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application.

Additional Information:

  • Parental controls can be set on the Nintendo Switch console or through the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application for smart devices.
  • Once you have set a Parental Controls PIN through the console or the app, you can enter the PIN in the future to temporarily lift Parental Controls restrictions. The restrictions will be lifted until the next time the console enters sleep mode.
  • Parental controls are set for the console - not each individual user. The same restrictions will apply to everyone who uses the console, so they should be set with the youngest player in mind.
  • Play time limits can be set through the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application only.
  • Nintendo eShop restrictions can only be set through the parent / guardian’s Nintendo Account profile settings on a PC or smart device (accessible by signing in to http://accounts.nintendo.com).
  • For help removing the Parental Controls PIN, click here.

Follow These Steps:

Where Do You Want to Set the Parental Controls?



Are You Setting Up Parental Controls for the First Time or Changing Existing Restrictions?


  1. Select “System Settings” on the HOME Menu.
  2. Scroll down to highlight “Parental Controls,” then select “Parental Controls Settings.”
  3. Select “Use this Console.”
  4. Select “Restriction Level.”
  5. Choose from preset restrictions by age or select “Custom Settings” to manually adjust the settings. Select each setting that you want to adjust:
    • Restricted Software - Restrict software by age based on each game’s age rating category. Select “Restricted software,” then choose the age you would like to restrict software for. Additionally, videos captured using restricted software will not be viewable in the album.
    • Software Rating Organization - Adjust the software rating organization that software restrictions are based on (PEGI, USK, etc). This defaults to the appropriate organization for your region.
    • Posting to Social Media - Disable the ability to share images from Nintendo Switch on social media. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”
    • Communicating with Others - Restrict open communication between users, including chat features and exchanging messages. You can toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted” for all software on the console, or adjust the settings for specific software.
    • VR Mode (3D Visuals) – Restrict gameplay in VR mode. This option should be set to restricted if a child of 6 years or younger uses the console. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”

    Important:

    Nintendo eShop restrictions, including restriction of spending/purchases, must be set in the Nintendo Account settings.
  6. Once the restrictions are set as you want them, select “Save,” then select “OK” to confirm.
  7. Choose a PIN number (between 4 and 8 digits long), then select “OK.”
    • If you use the Control Stick Input (default), each direction of the Control Stick is a number (1 - 8), the Y Button is 9, and the X Button is 0.
    • If you would prefer to enter the PIN using a number pad, hold the (+) Button (“Keypad Input”) then use the onscreen number pad to enter your PIN.
    • If there are children in the room that you don’t want to see the PIN, you can either undock the Nintendo Switch and enter the PIN in handheld mode or use the Control Stick Input.
  8. Re-enter the PIN to confirm, then select “OK.”
  1. Select “System Settings” on the HOME Menu.
  2. Scroll down to highlight “Parental Controls,” then select “Parental Controls Settings.”
  3. Enter the Parental Control PIN number for the console.
    • If you have forgotten the PIN number, .
  4. Select "Change Settings."
  5. Select each setting that you want to adjust:
    • Restriction Level - Choose from or select “Custom Settings” to manually adjust the settings. Additionally, videos captured using restricted software will not be viewable in the album.
    • Software Rating Organization - Adjust the software rating organization that software restrictions are based on (PEGI, USK, etc). This defaults to the appropriate organization for your region.
    • Posting to Social Media - Disable the ability to share images from Nintendo Switch on social media. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”
    • Communicating with Others - Restrict open communication between users, including chat features and exchanging messages. You can toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted” for all software on the console, or adjust the settings for specific software.
    • VR Mode (3D Visuals) – Restrict gameplay in VR mode. This option should be set to restricted if a child of 6 years or younger uses the console. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”

    Important:

    Nintendo eShop restrictions, including restriction of spending/purchases, must be set in the Nintendo Account settings.
  6. Once the restrictions are set as you want them, select “Save,” then select “OK” to confirm.

  1. Link your Nintendo Switch console to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application.
  2. After the link is complete, start the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application on your smart device.
  3. Select “Console Settings” in the upper-right corner.
    • If this is your first time launching the application after linking a console, you will be walked through how to adjust the different settings.
    • If you have more than one Nintendo Switch console linked to the app, tap the (+) icon in the upper-right corner to choose the correct console.
  4. Select each setting you want to adjust:
    • Play-Time Limit - If you have a Play-Time Limit and a Bedtime Alarm enabled, the console will use whichever time limit comes first.
      • Play-Time Limit - Set a daily limit on the amount of time the Nintendo Switch console can be used (from No Limit up to 6 hours).
      • Bedtime Alarm - Set gameplay to stop at a certain time each day (between 6:00 PM - 11:45 PM).
      • Suspend Software - When this is turned on, the software on the console will be stopped when the time limit is reached. Otherwise, a notification will appear when the limit is reached, but software will still be playable.
    • Restriction Level - Choose from preset restrictions by age or select “Custom Settings” to manually adjust the settings. You can also manage your whitelisted titles.
      • Restricted Software – Adjust the software rating organization that software restrictions are based on (ESRB, PEGI, etc). This defaults to the appropriate organization for your region.
      • Posting to Social Media – Disable the ability to share images from Nintendo Switch on social media. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”
      • Communicating with Others – Restrict open communication between users, including chat features and exchanging messages. You can toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted” for all software on the console, or adjust the settings for specific software.
      • VR Mode (3D Visuals) – Restrict gameplay in VR mode. This option should be set to restricted if a child of 6 years or younger uses the console. Toggle between “Restricted” or “Not Restricted.”
      • Whitelist - Select “Whitelist” to exclude specific software titles from Parental Controls Restricted Software settings. (Compatible with Nintendo Switch consoles updated to ver 5.0 or higher.)
        • Whitelisted games can be played on the console without entering a Parental Controls PIN.
        • Whitelisted games are still subject to any restrictions set for daily Play Time Limits.
        • You can remove a game from the whitelist at any time, at which point the standard restrictions you have set for the console will apply.
        • Any software titles that have been played on your console can be added to your whitelist. If the game you want doesn't appear, start it on your Nintendo Switch console and check again.
    • PIN - View or change the Parental Controls PIN for the console.

    Important:

    Nintendo eShop restrictions, including restriction of spending/purchases, must be set in the Nintendo Account settings.
  5. Once you have adjusted the settings as desired, tap the orange check mark on the screen to confirm.
  6. The restriction(s) will be activated as soon as the Nintendo Switch console connects online.

For help managing Nintendo eShop restrictions, including the ability to restrict spending, for Nintendo Switch, click here.