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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

What's New in Version 1.0.1

Implemented bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

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).

Love that Nintendo cares about parental controls

A big reason we only buy nintendo is they are more kid friendly in general. Love that they include parental controls. A few suggestions to make it even better. The app needs the option to be locked with a password so anyone using the device can't see the pin and change the settings. There also needs to be a way to set time usage per user. My kids earn time to play and the time settings are useless if I can't do it by user. Those two features would really be helpful! Hope you'll consider adding them!

Great app some Tweaks needed

First of all I usually don't write reviews but I had to for this app. Love being able to control everything from my phone. This app would be better if you gave parents the ability to set on a per user basis Lets not forget about the Nintendo store the ability to add a pin to the Nintendo store so I won't have to put my password every time if I wanted to keep my kids from accessing it. Can't wait to see what Nintendo has in store for the app and the O.S (Operating System) for the switch.

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 58.1 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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