How to Use Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

There are certain features that video game consoles must have, especially when they are aimed at the masses. Parental controls are one of them. There is so much going on with modern devices that you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed trying to keep your child safe. Nintendo stays true to the unorthodox roots of the Nintendo Switch with the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls system.

Nintendo Switch parental controls can be accessed from both console and smartphone. You can manage what your child can access through both devices. This frees you from supervising your child’s every touch or game selection. The software that Nintendo has embedded does the hard work. Think of it as a sentry that always watches over the things you don’t see, the things your teens will see.

Other consoles have parental controls, but the app-centric approach to Nintendo Switch parental controls means you’ll never have to pull your child’s device from their fingertips again. You can pull out your smartphone and see everything to see, including the Nintendo Switch games your child is playing.

Here’s how to use Nintendo Switch parental controls to monitor the games your child is playing.

How to Use Nintendo Switch Parental Controls: Before You Begin

Before we begin this process, it’s important to understand what the Nintendo Switch parental controls do and what they don’t. First, note that the system does not allow you to monitor which websites your child is browsing. Still, this is not an oversight. Nintendo Switch does not have a web browser. Although this looks very close to a media tablet. There’s no app store either, meaning your kids don’t have access to YouTube, Twitter or Facebook. According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie, a Nintendo Switch Netflix app will be coming to the console, but there’s no exact time frame for that.

Don’t worry, there is a lot you can do. Via the Nintendo Switch parental controls, you can receive notifications about what your kids are playing. This is great for tracking how much screen time your kids are spending. You can go a step further and completely restrict the amount of time they play. When the game times are over, the system will not allow them to continue.

Have your child’s Nintendo Switch console and smartphone ready. Both must have access to a wireless internet connection. You would also have to create a Nintendo Account for yourself.

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Using Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Start by downloading the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. iTunes or Google Play store. Don’t worry, it’s free.

Go ahead and open the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. Faucet

You will now need to sign in to your Nintendo Account. If you don’t have one yet, go ahead and create one. It is free. You cannot use the app without an account. Instead, you’ll have to rely on the console’s limited parental controls features.

Now link your account to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app.

Tap after you have successfully linked your account.

You should now have a PIN Code on your screen. It’s time to get your child’s Nintendo Switch ready.

Unlock your child’s Nintendo Switch by triple-tapping any button.

On the home screen, tap or click the bubble at the bottom of your screen.

Don’t press anything yet. Use the joystick on the left Joy-Con Controller to scroll down until you see the icon, then use the A button to select. You can also tap on it with your finger. It is the fifth item from the top of the list.

Press A.

Tap on it.

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Now put the PIN code that the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app provided you to the Nintendo Switch. Just tap on wait for the two to connect.

You should get confirmation of the connection on your smartphone.

The setup process will guide you through the rest of the experience. First, you need to choose the amount of time you want your child to play. When you’re done, tap .

Next, you will decide which presets you want. There are options for children, teens, and options to use custom settings. Make your selection and tap .


You can also add some code to temporarily override parental controls. This is useful for outings and summer days when you might want to loosen the house rules a bit.

You can always return to this application for reports on your child’s playing habits. You can even set a bedtime alarm to let them know when it’s time to sleep and stop playing. The Legend of Zelda’s Breath of the Wild. Good luck!

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