Whether you’re concerned about your child being exposed to online dangers, or simply want to limit how long your child spends on their device, Nintendo has you covered. After unveiling a variety of fully customisable parental controls, Nintendo was praised in the news for their Bowser and Baby-Bowser themed video showcasing the variety of parental features available on the Switch.
It can be challenging to keep your children safe without imposing on their privacy, that’s why we’ve create this in-depth guide to the Switch’s parental features on offer and how to get the most out of them.
Parental controls available on the Nintendo Switch
Although the Nintendo Switch offers a ton of customisation to help control your child’s virtual environment, there are so many controls and settings available – it can easily seem daunting to first-time users. That’s where our breakdown of the key parental controls you need to know can help you make sense of it all.
Parental Control Features
Apply and use parental controls via the system or app.
Automated social media restrictions for children under thirteen.
eShop password restrictions.
Controls can be amended or deleted at any time.
Limit sharing of in-game text and images.
Monitor game and software usage through daily reports.
Receive push notifications when games are downloaded.
Restrict the ability to post screenshots to social media from system.
Set alarms and game suspension features to limit time on console.
Set software restrictions based on age.
These are some of the frequently asked questions for Nintendo Switch parental controls that might not have already been covered in the step by step guides:
What if the Nintendo Switch parental controls don’t work?
Nintendo constantly work to update the console, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates. Alternatively, there is an online support forum where users can feedback and discuss questions and concerns.
Is the app available on all mobile devices?
How to bypass the Nintendo Switch parental controls?
Parental controls cannot be turned off without the unique PIN. If you have forgotten or lost your PIN, you will need to reset your controls.
How to reset the Nintendo Switch parental controls?
This largely depends on whether or not you have been utilising the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app. Either way, Nintendo offers a full walkthrough to reset your pin via the Nintendo Support page.