About Parental Controls on the Nintendo Switch

Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch can be roughly divided into two categories: content restrictions and time restrictions.

Content restrictions allow you to set a maximum age level for the software on the Switch. You can also use the same restrictions to restrict communication with other players or restrict social media posts.

The time limit allows you to set a limit on how long the Nintendo Switch can be used each day. You can set different limits for different days of the week, and you can even choose bedtime to limit the Nintendo Switch after a certain time.

Parental Controls Affect Every Nintendo Switch User

Although you can have multiple user accounts on a Nintendo Switch, any parental controls you set will affect the entire system. This means that each user must adhere to the same time limits, content limits, and social media limits.

In other words, the parental control PIN can be used to override these restrictions. Share this PIN with anyone who uses the Nintendo Switch but does not need to comply with the restrictions. They can tap the orange parental control icon at the top of the Nintendo Switch home screen and enter their PIN to bypass any restrictions.

How to Set Up and Use Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch

Parental controls will turn on again the next time your Switch goes to sleep or powers off.

The Parental Controls App Gives You More Options

Although you can create content restrictions on the Nintendo Switch itself, if you also want to set a time limit and bedtime alarm, you must use Nintendo’s parental controls app.

The Nintendo Switch parental control application for Android or iOS devices is free to download. You can use it to remotely manage all the parental controls on the Switch and see a summary of how long each user has played different games.

You can only use a smartphone to manage parental controls for the Nintendo Switch system. However, if you have multiple Switch systems, you can use the same smartphone app to manage each system.

Download: Nintendo Switch Parental Controls for Android | iOS (Free)

How to Use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App

How to Set Up and Use Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch

To create time limits and bedtime limits on Nintendo Switch, you must use the Nintendo Switch parental controls app. If you don’t want to use the Nintendo Switch parental control app, please skip to the next section.

To use the parental control app, you must first link it to your Nintendo Switch:

  1. Download the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your smartphone and create or sign in to your Nintendo account.
  2. Tap Next in the app to receive a registration code.
  3. On your Nintendo Switch, press the Power button to wake it up or power it on. Then repeatedly press the Home button to unlock the Switch and go to the Home screen.
  4. Open the System Settings, select Parental Controls from the sidebar, then select Parental Controls Settings.
  5. Tap If You’ve Already Downloaded the App. Then tap Enter Registration Code and type the six-digit registration code from the Parental Controls app.
  6. Tap OK to submit your code, then tap Link to complete the link to your smartphone.

 

After linking the app with your Nintendo Switch, follow the prompts to set up your parental controls. Alternatively, use the instructions below to set up or edit your parental controls at a later time.

Set Time Limits and Bedtime Alarms Using the App

  1. Open the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap Settings in the bottom-right corner and open the Play Time Limit settings.
  3. Tap Play Time Limit to set the same time limit every day.
  4. Use the Bedtime Alarm option to set the same bedtime every day.
  5. To create different settings for each day of the week, enable the Set Days Individually option. Then tap each day of the week to set your time limit and bedtime alarm.
  6. When finished, tap Save in the top-right corner to save your settings.

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When you reach the time limit or bedtime, an alert will appear on the Nintendo Switch. This alarm will repeat until the Nintendo Switch goes to sleep or the parental control is disabled.

By default, your child can ignore this alert and continue playing if the time limit is exceeded. To avoid this, please enable the pause software option in the playback time limit settings.

However, please note that this option may cause anyone playing Switch to lose any unsaved progress when the time limit or bedtime is reached.

Set Content Restrictions Using the App

  1. Open the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap Settings in the bottom-right corner and open the Restriction Level settings.
  3. Choose a preconfigured set of restrictions based on age by selecting TeenChild, or Young Child.
  4. To create your own restrictions, select Custom then edit the Restricted SoftwarePosting on Social MediaFree Communication, and VR Mode settings.
  5. When finished, tap Save in the top-right corner to save your settings.

 

If you want certain Nintendo Switch games to be available even with content restrictions, you can choose to whitelist them.

For this, try launching the game on the Nintendo Switch first. Then open the settings in the parental control app and tap the whitelist next to the restriction level option. Flip the switch for any game you want to whitelist. Then click Save.

Change Your Parental Controls PIN Using the App

After pairing your smartphone, the parental control app will automatically create a PIN code for you to use. It’s best to change this PIN to something you can remember. Keep it confidential to anyone who doesn’t want to circumvent restrictions.

To find or change the PIN:

  1. Open the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap Settings in the bottom-right corner, then tap the PIN option.
  3. View your current pin or create a new one with the Change PIN field.

Review User Activity and Play Time Using the App

After setting up the Nintendo Switch parental control app on your smartphone, you can use it to view a summary of each user’s playtime.

Open the parental control application, and then tap the play time in the lower left corner. This shows the time spent on gambling games each day. Touch a day to see a breakdown of users and games.

Use the “Monthly Summary” tab to see which games each user has played the most on the Nintendo Switch. You can also use it to see how many days the user has played Switch in the last month.

 

These summaries can give you a clear idea of ​​how long your child spends on Switch. You can also use it to determine if they are complying with time limits or trying to bypass parental controls.

How to Set Up Parental Controls Without the App

If you don’t want to install the Nintendo Switch parental control app on your smartphone, you can use the Nintendo Switch itself to set content restrictions. However, the only way to enable time limits or sleep alarms is through the app.

  1. On your Nintendo Switch, press the Power button to wake it up or power it on. Then repeatedly press the Home button to unlock the Switch and go to the Home screen.
  2. Open the System Settings, select Parental Controls from the sidebar, then select Parental Controls Settings.
  3. Press the X button or tap If You Don’t Have a Smart Device.
  4. Tap Next to dismiss the popup alert.
  5. Open the Restriction Level options to choose a preconfigured set of restrictions by selecting TeenChild, or Young Child.
  6. To create your own restrictions, select Custom then edit the Restricted SoftwareContent Rating SystemPosting on Social MediaFree Communication, and VR Mode settings.
  7. When finished, tap Next and create a PIN to save your settings.

More Tips for Your Nintendo Switch

If you want to keep your kids safe while playing on Nintendo Switch, setting up parental controls is a good idea. However, you don’t just want to protect your children; You must also learn how to protect the Nintendo Switch itself.

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