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Changing Parental Controls Settings

The following features are available, depending on whether you use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on a smart device or the console's Parental Controls menu.

Enter a PIN to temporarily lift restrictions

Touching the wide, orange Parental Controls icon on the HOME Menu will take you to a screen where you can enter your PIN.


If you have linked the console to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, you can check your PIN by selecting "Settings" in the app and then selecting "PIN".

Entering this PIN will let you temporarily lift Parental Controls restrictions.

If you have not linked the console to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, you will need to enter the PIN that you set when choosing Parental Controls settings on the console if you would like to temporarily lift Parental Controls.

The restrictions will be lifted until the next time the console enters sleep mode.

Press the Y Button to check what features are available while restrictions are temporarily lifted.


Adjust settings using a smart device

You can configure how the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app works in the Settings menu.


If the app is linked to two or more consoles...

Select the console you would like to adjust the settings for, then select "Settings".


Adjust settings using the console

You can adjust settings by opening System Settings on the HOME Menu and then selecting "Parental Controls".


If the console is linked to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, you won't be able to use the console to change settings made in the app.


How to delete Parental Controls settings

Open System Settings on the HOME Menu, then select Parental Controls ⇒ Set Parental Controls, enter the PIN and press the X Button on the next screen.