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Nintendo Switch Parental Control Guide

Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you go, transforming from a home console to a portable system in a snap. Follow the steps we outline below to set up parental controls for the Nintendo Switch system, and make sure your children can only access content that you think is appropriate for them.

Setting Nintendo Switch Parental Controls Instructions:

Finding the "Parental Controls" Options

  1. Nintendo Switch™During the initial setup process for the Nintendo Switch console, there will be a prompt to set the parental controls via two methods. The recommended method is via the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App, available on iOS and Android devices. You can also set parental controls directly on the console, but there are more options via the mobile app.

  2. Hit A on either "Parental Controls via App," or "Parental Controls via Console" to begin.

  3. You can access the parental controls options after the initial setup by using the mobile application, or by pressing the "Home" button on the controller, selecting "Settings" and then selecting "Parental Controls."

Note: Make sure you download the Parental Controls app to your iOS or Android device and follow the directions to ensure that your settings sync to the Nintendo Switch console.

Choosing "Parental Controls via App"

  1. Select the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app on your device.

  2. Sign into your Nintendo Account and tap "Next." If you do not have a Nintendo Account already, follow the directions to set one up to continue using the app.

The main parental controls screen on your app gives you access to many different options, including:

  1. "Time Limits"

    1. "Play-Time Limit" - restricts the amount of time spent playing games. When the allotted time is up the console will not automatically turn off, but you will have the option to turn off the game remotely via the "Suspend Software" option in the Time Limits window in the app.

    2. "Bedtime Alarm" - allows you to notify your children of when it's time to turn off the console for the evening.

  2. "Restriction Level" based on the following parameters: Teen, Pre-Teen, Child, Custom. Selecting "Custom" will allow you to make granular decisions about the content your children will have access to on the Nintendo Switch console:

    1. "Restricted Software," - allows you to restrict titles based on the age of your children up to 18+. This will translate to the ESRB rating parameters. For example, if you select 13+, your console will have access to games rated EC (Early Childhood), E (Everyone), E10+ (Everyone 10+) and T (Teen).

Note: ESRB will be automatically set as your default rating authority when your Nintendo Account country is set to the U.S. or Canada.

  1. "Communicating with Others" - allows you to restrict or limit the ability to interact with other players online. This can be set on a game-by-game basis.

  2. "Posting Screenshots on Social Networks" - allows you to restrict the ability to post screenshots to social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

  1. The Parental Controls app will also give you access to more in-depth options, such as:

    1. "Most Played Games" - provides a monthly report telling you how much time your family spent playing their Nintendo Switch, and a list of their favorite games of the month.

Choosing "Set Parental Controls via Console"

  1. Via the console you can select several parental control options, such as:

    1. "Restriction Level" based on the following parameters: Teen, Pre-Teen, Child, Custom. Selecting "Custom" will allow you to make granular decisions about the content your children will have access to on the Nintendo Switch console.

    2. "Restricted Software," - allows you to restrict titles based on the age of your children up to 18+. This will translate to the ESRB rating parameters. For example, if you select 13+, your console will have access to games rated EC (Early Childhood), E (Everyone), E10+ (Everyone 10+) and T (Teen).

    3. "Software Rating Organization" - allows you to make sure ESRB is selected as your regional rating authority.

    4. "Posting to Social Media" - allows you to restrict the ability to post screenshots to social media applications like Twitter and Facebook.

    5. "Communicating with Others" - allows you to restrict or limit the ability to interact with other players online.

Setting Spending Limits

To set spending limits for the Nintendo eShop online store and via the Nintendo Switch console parents should first create a new Nintendo Account for their children (in addition to the one set up for themselves). After doing so, parents can directly manage their children's spending by following these steps:

  1. Sign into your Nintendo Account on your internet browser of choice.

  2. Select "Parental controls."

  3. Select the account for which you'd like to set limits.

  4. Select "Spending/purchases on Nintendo Switch eShop and nintendo.com."

  5. Check the box next to "To restrict this user's spending/purchases on Nintendo Switch eShop and nintendo.com, check the box and then select 'Save changes.'"

NOTE: After checking the box to restrict purchases children will have to get permission from parents to purchase new games and in-game content via the Nintendo eShop. Make sure you remember your PIN so you can authorize purchases in the future.