Nintendo Switch Parental Controls™ is a free app for smart devices to keep you engaged with your family's gaming activities on Nintendo Switch.
◆ A Nintendo Switch console with the latest available system version is required to use this app.
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:
1. 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.
2. Check up on your console's gameplay.
The summary function allows you to easily see what games have been played on the console recently and how much time was spent playing each day.
View daily reports and monthly summaries of play activity. If you choose to receive push notifications, you'll be notified when a new monthly summary is available.
It's an easy way to see what kind of games your family is interested in.
3. Restrict console features.
Nintendo Switch functions can be restricted to prevent the console from playing games above a certain age rating.
◆ An Internet connection is required to use this app. Cellular data may be used. A Nintendo Account (for ages 18 and up) is also required.
◆ Restrictions to Nintendo eShop purchases can be set from Nintendo Account settings.
◆ Your use of this app is subject to the Nintendo Account User Agreement available at support.nintendo.com.
◆ In order to make use of all of the features and settings available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, all registered Nintendo Switch consoles need to be using the latest system version.
Implemented bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
First, I love the app and control it Govea for setting time limits, bed time, etc. If one thing could be added that would help out huge would be a messaging system on the app that would appear on the Nintendo Switch. My kids who use the switch do not have phones and I’m tired of yelling up the stairs, through walls and doors, just hoping my vocal sound waves also penetrate their headset so they can hear a word I say. Many times I will disable their switch in the app and wait a few seconds to hear little feet walking because I just booted them from their game. As a gamer myself, I don’t want to boot them off like that. If there was a way for me to type, “ hey, dinners ready so get down stairs or else” would be amazing.
Great idea, horribly implemented
I was super excited to learn that the Switch had parental controls. Unfortunately the options are severely lacking, rendering useless the parental control feature. As others have mentioned, the inability to set parental controls (time limits, content ratings) for individual users is a complete non-starter. My next thought was to set a combined time limit for the whole family, and then use the app to monitor whether family members were self-managing and splitting the time equitably. This too is not possible, as the app’s accounting of time per user is wildly inaccurate. Lastly, it would be nice if two instances of the app could be linked to the same Switch console (e.g. both mine and my wife’s iPhones) for co-parent monitoring.
Assuming Nintendo fixes all of the above, this app could actually fulfill its assumed promise. From there it would be amazing to also be able to set parental controls for my kids’ Nintendo 3DS consoles using this same app. Even cooler would be if screen time limits per kid were enforced cross-device, which would allow parents to mange total daily screen time regardless of which Nintendo device their kids are using. After all, what’s the purpose of making parents establish Nintendo accounts and IDs for each kid if not to ultimately provide features like this? Or is it just so Nintendo can track, profile, and sell stuff to my kids? Disappointing.
Works but is too limited
The app itself does work for the limited capabilities it has on it. The app can tell you which account has played for how long as well as the games they played. Having this information; it shouldn’t be difficult in implement more restrictions into the app.
It would be nice to be able to set up a schedule with multiple start stop times (kids can play before school, stop when time for class, play on lunch but not last part of school then allow after school til bedtime) but this app is VERY limited and the only options is to either set a certain amount of time (which can start any day as soon as 6am) or you can restrict it to you then have to be available to turn it on with a PIN number every time which can be frustrating when you already have set times you want it allowed. Then there is the final cutoff for the day of bedtime.
Like I said; the app does work and is appreciated vs the nothing that is on the system itself but there is so much untapped potential in the app that I think Nintendo (or whomever developed this) just gave up on.
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- Nintendo Co., Ltd.
- 92.2 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
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- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.