Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls™ is a free app for smart devices to keep you engaged with your family's gaming activities on Nintendo Switch.

This is recommended for people worried about things such as:

  1. Is my child spending too much time playing games?

  2. What kind of games is my child playing?

  3. Are the games my child is playing age-appropriate?

Below are three special features of the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app:

Monitor play time on your console.

  • Set a play-time limit and the console will notify users that the time limit has been reached.

  • Parents and guardians can check the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app to see if the time limit has been followed.

  • It is also possible to suspend gameplay automatically when the play-time limit is reached.

Check up on your console's gameplay.

  • Monthly play summaries can be sent via push notifications.

  • It's an easy way to see what kind of games your family is interested in.

Restrict console features for safety.

  • Nintendo Switch functions can be restricted to prevent the console from playing games above a certain age rating.


1. You can now view play time in more detail!
Information about play time and played software can now be viewed separately for each Nintendo Switch user. You will receive a push notification on your smart device when new software is downloaded on the console.

2. More detailed monthly summaries are now available!
Information such as the number of days and amount of time played can be viewed for each user. You can also use the share button to share monthly summaries among your family members.

3. A new feature allows you to disable alarms for the day!
This feature disables all alarms on the console for the rest of the day and can be used when you want to let your child play for longer than normal on special occasions such as their birthday or on a holiday.

*In order to use these features, you will need to update the Nintendo Switch system version to 3.0.0 or later.

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In order to use the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls smart device app, a parent or guardian (aged 18 or above) needs to have a Nintendo Account. Find out how to set up a Nintendo Account. Please also note that the purchase of products or services from Nintendo eShop can be restricted via Nintendo Account settings.

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