Have you given your child a Switch and want to keep an eye on their activity? To reassure you and ensure its online security if you take advantage of a Switch Online subscription, we explain how to properly configure the console.
Activating parental controls on a console or smartphone does not necessarily mean “coping” your child. It is above all a responsibility that must be shared and a discussion to have between the two parties so that everything goes well, in a serene atmosphere and in a transparent manner.
If discussion is an essential stone for good use that reassures parents and children, there are obviously tools to help you. Nintendo has even provided two ways to configure parental controls on its console, from the Switch, but also from a mobile application. This will allow you to select the games to which your child has access, the playing time that you grant him. It’s convenient to use and really well integrated into the Nintendo ecosystem.
Note: Parental controls apply to a console, not a specific player. If you set up a Nintendo Switch, the settings will be applied to all users unless you use a code to disable functions on a case-by-case basis. Purchases of games on the eShop (the store integrated into the console) are linked to a Nintendo account.
From the console
- Go to the Switch menu, click on the cogwheel “Console settings”
- Select “Parental control” in the left menu, then “Parental control settings”
- You can choose to download the “Nintendo Switch Parental Controls” app for convenience (see below)
If you do not want the application, you can continue with the installation directly on the console. Note, however, that you will not be able to limit daily playing time, set end-of-day alerts or even obtain the game history (software used, time spent on the console).
- You can set the restriction level by age or customize the settings. This will allow you to define the list of restricted software, the classification by age (PEGI for Europe, ESRB for North America for example), the right to publish on social networks, access to voice chat or not. , sharing of personal information (real name of the user, age, etc.) and access to VR mode for certain games.
- Set a parental code to block the new setting.
How do I turn off parental controls?
Press the orange button indicating the remaining time at the top of the screen. You are asked for a code. By entering it, you temporarily deactivate parental control until the Switch is shut down or put into standby.
From the companion app
- Link your Nintendo Account or create a new one. It must be that of an adult and not a child.
- Link your console using the code displayed. For this, your Switch or Switch Lite must be connected to the internet.
- Go to the console settings then to the “Parental control” section.
- In the settings, follow the instructions.
- Enter the code and pair the Switch.
You will thus be able to set the authorized screen time (from 15 minutes to 6 hours, with end alert, time slots, suspension of the game in progress, etc.), the level of restrictions (young child, child, teenager).
From this will follow the authorized software, access or not to chat and the publication of screenshots, in VR mode according to age. You also have the option to customize settings and restriction levels. A default parental code is set to allow the parameters to be unlocked at any time.
Once the control parameters are set, you get a dashboard of your child’s activity. You will get an overview of the time spent on the console, games played, and get a monthly usage report.