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PlayStation® 4

Follow the steps below on this page, or in the downloadable guide to the right, to help ensure your children can only access content that is appropriate for them.

For instructions in Spanish, please visit our Setting Parental Controls in Spanish page.

Setting PlayStation 4 Parental Controls Instructions:

Finding the "Parental Controls" Options

  1. From the Dynamic Menu, using the left stick or directional pad, go to "Settings," then select "Parental Controls" by pressing the X button. Here there will be options available for managing sub accounts and restricting the use of PS4 features.

  2. Manage the entire use of your PlayStation by choosing "Restrict Use of PS4 Features," or create a sub account for children in your household to manage their online experience by choosing "Sub Account Management."

Choosing "Restrict Use of PS4 Features"

  1. Select "Restrict Use of PS4 Features" by pressing the X button and then select "Application" (games and apps) to apply the appropriate parental control.

  2. Sony PlayStation® 4 The PlayStation 3, 4, Vita, and PSP parental controls are enforced by a four-digit password. The default password is 0000 (four zeros). It is recommended that you reset the password. This can be done from the "Restrict Use of PS4 features" menu. Select "Change Passcode" using the X button, then enter the current password, and you will then be prompted to enter a new passcode. Make sure it is something easy to remember, as you will be prompted to enter this new passcode every time you want to adjust the Parental Controls setting.

  3. A number system indicates the relative level of restriction: the lower the number, the tighter the restrictions. The numbers range from Level 1 through Level 11. They correspond with an ESRB Rating Category, with additional levels in between in some cases. Setting restriction at one of these numbers will prevent games rated above that level from being played on the system. The following numbers correspond to ESRB's age ratings:

    • 3 – E (Everyone)

    • 4 – E10+ (Everyone 10+)

    • 5 – T (Teen)

    • 9 – M (Mature)

    • 10 – AO (Adults Only)

  4. To set parental controls for the Web browser, in "Parental Controls," select "Restrict Use of PS4 Features" and then select "Internet Browser." Your options are "Allow" or "Do Not Allow." Selecting "Do Not Allow" will block access to the Internet.

Choosing "Sub Account Management"

  • Using the "Create New Sub Account" feature, you can create a new account or tie an existing user to the Parental Account. By selecting this option, you will be prompted to enter the user's Language and Date of Birth. PS4 will ask to verify your billing information, where you will then be sent an e-mail with final steps for creating a Sub Account on your PC.

Setting Spending Limits

Parents can create "Sub accounts" for children under the age of 17. Doing so allows for many benefits aside from just limiting access to age-restricted games, such as setting a spending limit for purchasing games and in-game content through the PlayStation Store. You can follow these simple steps to set spending limits after setting up your child's sub account:

  1. On your PS4 system, go to "Settings" and select "Parental Controls." Then, select "Family Management" to get to the next menu.

  2. Select the user for whom you want to set a spending limit, then select "Parental Controls".

  3. Scroll down to "Monthly Spending Limit" and press the X button.

  4. Choose a monthly spending limit for this user and press the X button.

  5. When you're done, your changes will be saved automatically.

NOTE: Funds will be taken from the master account's wallet, so make sure you set limits and don't pre-load funds into the wallet. The account holder will always receive an email whenever a purchase is made via the PlayStation Store.

Sony PlayStation® 3

  1. In the main menu, using the left stick or directional pad, go to "Settings," then select "Security Settings" by pressing the X button. Options for restricting games are listed under "Parental Control." A number system indicates the relative level of restriction: the lower the number, the tighter the restrictions.

  2. Each number below corresponds with an ESRB rating category. Setting restriction at one of these numbers will prevent games rated above that level from being played on the system:

    • 3 – E (Everyone)

    • 4 – E10+ (Everyone 10+)

    • 5 – T (Teen)

    • 9 – M (Mature)

    • 10 – AO (Adults Only)

  3. To set parental controls for the Web browser, in "Security Settings," select "Internet Browser Start Control." Your options are "On" or "Off." Selecting "On" will block access to the Internet.

  4. Sony PlayStation® 3The PlayStation 3 parental controls are enforced by a four-digit password. The default password is 0000 (four zeros). It is recommended that you reset the password. In the Security Settings menu, select "Change Password." Enter the default password, and then select a new password.

You can also use "Parental Control" to:

  • Block access to DVD and Blu-ray (high-definition) movies by MPAA rating

  • Set spending limits for sub accounts under the "Monthly Spending Limit" section

Tips about PlayStation Network:

  • The default settings block content based on registered user age and restrict chat with other players.

  • Be sure to set up sub accounts for each child.

  • The account holder will always receive an email whenever a purchase is made via the PlayStation Store.

For more on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network, visit: www.us.playstation.com/support