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Jan 06, 2018
Parental controls for the Nintendo Switch work a little differently than on other consoles. You can set up basic content restrictions on the console in minutes, or establish more fine-grained monitoring and control via the Nintendo Parental Control App.
Setting Up Parental Controls on the Nintendo SwitchThere are two main methods for setting up Nintendo Switch parental controls: through the Home menu of the console, or via the Parental Controls App.
While the App offers more fine-tuned control and monitoring options, restrictions set by either method apply to all users of the associated console. Per-user content and usage restrictions aren’t supported at this time.
(Restrictions on purchases in the Nintendo eShop are controlled through Nintendo Accounts, not console-specific parental controls. See this Support article for more information.)
The fastest method to set up parental controls on the Switch is through the Home menu. This allows you to screen software by age, limit third-party communications, or restrict in-game access to social media.
To change your parental control settings later, use your access PIN in the “Parental Controls Settings” menu.
Setting up the Nintendo Switch Parental Control App is more involved, but offers more control and monitoring options. With the app, you’re able to limit daily use, schedule “lights out”, and monitor which games are used on the console. (You can also decide whether to pop up a warning or suspend the console when these limits are exceeded.)
Parental control setup is similar to using the console method, though you have some additional options:
Both the Nintendo Switch console and the Parental Control App offer three preset, age-appropriate content control profiles: Teen, Pre-Teen, and Child. For the most part, these content restrictions are linked to ESRB ratings.Here’s what you can expect from each profile:
TeenGames for teens may contain suggestive themes, crude humor, violence, and minimal blood.
Pre-TeenMay contain cartoonish or mild violence, minimally suggestive themes, and occasional, mild language.
ChildThese games are intended for very young children and are generally free of any challenging or inappropriate content.
For greater safety, consider using parental control software for all your family’s digital needs including Windows, Macintosh, iOS and Android devices.
Check out our other parental control guides for Kindle, Apple products and Windows 10.