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Setting Parental Controls

You can comfortably supervise your child's gameplay by linking your smart device to the Nintendo Switch console.

If you don't have a smart device...

Linking to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app

What you need

  • A Nintendo Switch console
  • A smart device
  • The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smart device app
  • A Nintendo Account

How it works

1. Download the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app from the App Store or Google Play™.

→Downloading the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app

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2. Launch the app and use it to sign in to your Nintendo Account. You must be 18 or older to use the app.

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3. Connect the console to the internet. While the app is signed in to your Nintendo Account, link it with the console.

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A setup guide will begin when you first launch the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. It will give you detailed instructions on how to use the app.

If you don't have a smart device...

In this case, you can still set up some restrictions using the console's Parental Controls menu.

How it works

1. Turn the console on.

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2. Press the HOME Button when you see the screen below.

3. Open System Settings from the HOME Menu.

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4. Select Parental Controls ⇒ Set Parental Controls ⇒ Set With This Console and set restrictions following the on-screen instructions.