Nintendo Switch Parental Controls
By Nintendo Co., Ltd.
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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 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.
Users will receive a push notification for their daily play summary for the first such summary.
Monthly play summaries will always be received via push notifications.
It's an easy way to see what kind of games your family is interested in.
3. Restrict console features for safety.
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 general 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.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Implemented bug fixes.
Inaccurate timing and room to improve
I turned on my switch today and played for about an hour and 20 minutes. I know for a fact that it was about an hour and 20 minutes because I checked the time when I turned it on and I know when I turned it off. However on the Switch Parental Controls app it says that the switch was on for two hours and five minutes. Unless the switch was left on mysteriously for an extra 40 minutes, I'm not sure what happened there.
I would like to be able to track each child's playing time individually and not have a lump sum of time for all of the kids to share. I have to set a different timer if I want the kids to only have a certain amount of time and know when they have to turn it off. It would be nice if each of the kids could have an account that had time parameters that could be set on their account.
Other than tracking your total number of hours you've played the switch (which hasn't been accurate for me), this app seems kind of pointless in its current state.
Great App Necessary to keep track of playtimes
So as a previous owner of a Wii and a Wii U as well as a 3DS, one of the best features that the Switch lacks is the keeping track of how much u play each game. For some reason it was left off the Switch, but by syncing this app to your Switch it keeps track of that. Also allows you to set specific play times for kids on individual basis and also blocks purchases from the E Shop without permission. If need be you can also suspend a current game of the child goes over their allotted play time which is obviously a last ditch effort
Very good, but room for improvement
It is great to be able to track the amount of time being played for each game. The freedom to monitor and manipulate the amount of time allowed to play is enlightening and useful for parenting.
However, being about to see the the amount of time spent for each individual user would better suit families with multiple children or multiple users of a shared device.
The unit price for the Nintendo Switch makes it reasonable to have multiple devices in one home, but this home-mobile hybrid gaming system leaves one question if families would indeed fork up the extra $300 for a second device as much as they would with the 3DS or other portable devices. Each would presumably have a dock tethered to another TV.
This being said, being able to view the play time per user would be advantageous to households with only one Nintendo Switch (which would be most, especially this early after launch).
- Category: Lifestyle
- Updated: Mar 08, 2017
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 58.1 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Seller: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
- © 2017 Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.