Nintendo Switch

Out of all of the console gaming systems currently on the market the Nintendo Switch has the best parental controls available. They even have an app which a parent can download to their phone and, consequently, set up time limits, age limits, and other useful features.  According to Nintendo, and other users, the app is the best way to set things up but you can set them up on the Switch itself if you want.  Here is how you do it.

Instructions and images courtesy of iMore.com

How to enable parental controls on your Nintendo Switch console

When you first set up your Switch, you can enable Parental Controls from the set-up screen. You can also enable them at any time from System Settings on the Switch console.

  1. Launch System Settings from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Scroll down and select Parental Controls.

    Select System Settings, then select Parental Controls

  3. Select Parental Controls Settings on the right side of the screen.
  4. Select Use this console.

    Select Parental Control Settings, then select Use This Console

  5. Select Restriction Level.
  6. Select Teen, Pre-Teen, or Child to create a pre-made setting.

    Select Restriction Level, then select an age restriction

Select Custom Settings to manually configure your parental control setting

How to manually configure parental control settings

  1. Follow the steps above and select Custom Settings.
  2. Select Restrict Software to manually select the software rating restrictions.

    You can select from games rated ages for 3+ up to games rated for ages 18+.

    Select customize settings, then select restricted software

  3. Select Software Rating Organization to change the region for your ratings regulations.
  4. Select Post to Social Media to restrict or unrestricted the ability to post screenshots to your social media accounts.

    Note:Nintendo account users under 13 years old can’t post to social media no matter what the restrictions are set at.

    Select a rating region, then select posting to social media

  5. Select Communicating with others to restrict whether or not you can send and receive messages and chats, get user profile information, and view and share images.

    Some software will allow you to enable some communications restrictions individually.

    Restrict communicating with others

When you are done manually configuring parental controls, hit Next to save your settings.

You will then be asked to enter a four to eight digit PIN, which you will use every time you access Parental Controls in the future.

Choose a PIN

Setting Up Time Limits On Your Nintendo Switch

  1. Link your Nintendo Switch console to the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application.
  2. After the link is complete, start the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls application on your smart device.
  3. Select “Console Settings” in the upper-right corner.
    • If this is your first time launching the application after linking a system, you will be walked through how to adjust the different settings.
    • If you have more than one Nintendo Switch console linked to the app, tap the (+) icon in the upper-right corner to choose the correct system.
  4. Select Play-Time Limit:
    • If you have a Play-Time Limit and a Bedtime Alarm enabled, the system will use whichever time limit comes first.
    • Play-Time Limit – Set a daily limit on the amount of time the Nintendo Switch console can be used (from No Limit up to 6 hours). You can also choose to remove the restriction for a specific day.
    • Bedtime Alarm – Set gameplay to stop at a certain time each day (between 6:00 PM – 11:45 PM).
    • Suspend Software – When this is turned on, the software on the system will be stopped when the time limit is reached. Otherwise, a notification will appear when the limit is reached, but software will still be playable.