There are certain features that video game consoles must have, especially when aimed at the general public. Parental control is one of them. Modern devices have so much to do that you can very quickly find yourself overwhelmed trying to keep your child safe. Nintendo stays true to the Nintendo Switch's unorthodox roots with the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls system.

Nintendo Switch parental controls are accessible on both the console and a smartphone. Through either of these devices, you can manage what your child has access to. This saves you from having to control your child's every press or game selection. The software Nintendo has put together does the heavy lifting. Think of it as a watchman always watching the things you don't want your youngsters to see.

Other consoles have parental controls, but Nintendo Switch's app-centric approach to parental controls means you'll never have to take your child's device off their fingers ever again. You can pull out your smartphone and see everything there is to see, including the Nintendo Switch games your child has played.

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 starting this process, it is 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 the websites your child is browsing. It's not an oversight, however. The Nintendo Switch does not have a web browser. This is despite the fact that it seems very close to a multimedia tablet. There's also no app store, which means your kids won'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 specific timeframe for that.

Don't worry, there are lots of things you can do. With Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, you can get notifications about the games your kids are playing. It's great for monitoring the screen time your kids are enjoying. You can take it a step further and completely restrict playing time. When they run out of playing time, the system won't let them continue.

Prepare your child's Nintendo Switch console and smartphone. Both must have access to a wireless internet connection. You should also have created a Nintendo Account for yourself.

Using Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

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

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

Now you need to sign in to your Nintendo Account. If you don't already have one, go ahead and create one. It's free. Without an account, you will not be able to use the application. Instead, you'll have to rely on the console's limited parental control features.

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

Tap once you've successfully linked your account.

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

Unlock your child's Nintendo Switch by triple pressing 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 , then use the A button to select it. You can also tap it with your finger. It is the fifth item from the top of the list.

Press A.

Press on .

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Now put the same PIN that the Nintendo Switch parental control app provided you into the Nintendo Switch. Just press Wait for the two to link.

You should get a confirmation of the link on your smartphone.

The setup process will guide you through the experience. First, you will need to choose how long you want your child to play. When you're done, press .

Then you will decide which presets you want. There are options for kids, teens, and options to use custom settings. Make your selection and press


You can also add a code to temporarily override parental controls. It's handy for travel and summer days when you might want to relax the house rules a bit.

At any time, you can return to this app to get reports on your child's gaming habits. You can even set a bedtime alarm to let them know it's time to go to bed and stop playing The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Good luck!