How to Block Games on the Nintendo Switch

As one of the best-selling consoles available today, it’s no surprise that the Nintendo Switch boasts a wide selection of games. From young children to adults, the Switch offers different games for different tastes.

However, this can present a bit of a problem when you share your console with the younger members of your family. In this article, we explore Switch’s Parental controls and show you how to block games on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls

One of the best ways to restrict the types of software is to set limitations via the Parental Controls settings. By doing so, you can easily oversee the types of games being played. To be able to supervise an account, you must have the individual account connected to your own account through the Family Group setting. Note that you can have up to seven members in a Family Group. Here’s how to supervise an account:

  1. Open your Nintendo Account.
  2. On the menu on the left, choose Family Group.
  3. Click Add Member.

If your family member already has an account, click Invite someone to your family group. In turn, you’ll be prompted to enter the account holder’s email address. Do so. The owner of the account will receive a verification email which they’ll have to accept. Once this is complete, they should open their Nintendo account. They’ll then be prompted Join Family Group. Once they accept, their name will appear in the group.

Family Group

If the member joining has no account, they can create one through the Nintendo website and then follow the instructions for joining the Family group above.

If you’re creating an account for a child, you can do so directly from the Family group page. Select it and you’ll be prompted to enter the pertinent information. Be aware that children under 13 years old are automatically registered as a Supervised Account.

kid account

Also note that child accounts can only be added by someone who is 18 years or older. Minors that want to form a Family group should transfer admin controls to a member over 18 years old.

Once you’ve set-up the Family Group, you can now begin to modify each account’s restrictions.

Restricting Available Games on the eShop

From your Nintendo account Family Group page, you can limit what kind of games your supervised account has access to. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Click on the Supervised Account name.
  2. Scroll down and select Viewing of content on Nintendo Switch eShop.
  3. Tick on the check box to set restrictions.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Your Supervised Account will now be limited as per age ratings set by the ESRB.


The Parental Controls App

The Nintendo Switch also offers the same controls on the mobile platform through the Parental Controls App. It has more versatility and a lot more features than those offered on the Nintendo Account settings pages. Concerned parents are advised to utilize it to their advantage. The Parental Control app is a useful tool to limit what your child has access to on their Switch.

To use the Nintendo Parental Controls app, follow these instructions:

  1. Download and install the app either on IOS or the Android Play Store.
  2. On your Switch console’s HOME menu tap on System Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Parental Controls and click on it.
  4. Select Use Your Smart Device.
  5. Click Yes.
  6. You will be prompted to enter the registration code that is provided by your app. Do it.
  7. Click on Register.
  8. Click Continue Setup on Smart Device.

You can now use your Parental Controls mobile up to adjust restrictions. This is done by:

  1. Opening the Parental Controls app on your mobile.
  2. Click the Console Settings Tab represented by the Joy Con icons.
  3. Tap Restriction Level.
  4. Select what restriction level you want. This can be set as None, Teen, Pre-Teen, Child, or Custom.

Each setting has the appropriate age rating guidelines as dictated by your local ratings agencies.

how to block games on nintendo switch

Console Based Parental Controls

If you’d rather not go through the hassle of downloading an app, the Switch console has local settings. It’s not as extensive as what’s available with the mobile app, but still useful. This is rather handy if you’re just lending your Switch to someone for a short while. The console-based restrictions can be a quick option if you don’t have time to deal with an app, or don’t want to add a new group member.

To modify the console’s Parental Controls, do the following:

  1. On the HOME menu choose System Settings.
  2. Scroll down then choose Parental Controls.
  3. Tap on Parental Control Settings.
  4. Choose Use this Console.
  5. Choose an age rating then choose Save.
  6. Select OK.
  7. You will then be prompted to enter a PIN. Do so.
  8. Re-enter it for confirmation then click OK.

Note that when asked to enter a PIN the default input device is the Joy Con. The directional buttons represent the numbers 1 – 8. Button Y is 9, and Button X is 0. To enter a PIN using the Numeric Keypad, hold + until the keypad appears.

Something for Everyone

The Switch offers a wide range of games designed for different tastes and different ages. Making sure that your children can only access age appropriate games gives parents peace of mind. Knowing that your family can enjoy the Nintendo Switch without having to worry about inappropriate content is always a plus.

Have you ever had a problem with inappropriate games on the Switch? Do you know other ways to block games on the console? Share your thoughts with the rest of the community in the comments section below.

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