I can’t not link my account to the app 1/5
Ok this app deserves some work for some reason I can’t link my account to the app it’s says this account can not be linked why Nintendo why
I’m happy with it. 4/5
The app allows me to see what my kids have been playing and for how long. I can set curfews and time limits, and adjust immediately. It will also send me a warning if the incorrect parental control password is entered, in case the kids are trying to access areas that have been restricted. While you can’t make changes to the parental controls from the app, you can monitor all usage. It’s a great tool.
No time of day limits?! 2/5
We have a problem with our son sneaking in and finding the switch at night and playing. Really wish there was a way to say no okay is allowed after 8pm on weekdays or something like that
It’s a start but needs a lot more 2/5
Love the idea of parental controls and having an app to makes changes. The app itself is easy to maneuver and figure out. My problem is with the lack of options. We have 2 children of different ages and I can’t establish different settings for each of them. I would also like the ability to block games by title not just age. Some games are too frustrating for my son but other games of the same age rating he plays just fine. The time limit should also be by user. Each child gets a set amount of time each day they can play but this isn’t easily managed with these controls. Nintendo PLEASE address these issues!
Great App! 5/5
This is a great app for monitoring the amount of time your child plays. Also love the shut off feature. This is brilliant all around.
Great App 5/5
Glad to see a console have a parental app. Able to monitor how much my children play and what they play.
Good but could do more 4/5
Would like to be able to restrict playtime per user. Although this might have to change how users are handled generally on the switch first
The parental controla are what all responsible parents wish for! 5/5
Having the ability to control the type of games, ratings level and time that children spend with video games is what parents truly need to allow for responsible play without adverse consequences in kids’ health. Hence, setting forth this review concerning Nintendo’s commitment to responsible use of video games and concern for kids’ health was a MUST. Its great to know that a company like Nintendo has a corporate conscience and not an obsessive interest in profits. From here on I am proud to state that my family will be faithful customers.
Play time 2/5
For some reason it stopped notifying me of play time.
It’s GREAT 😉 4/5
I luv💕this app for my daughter please continue to impress me as your doing already 👌🏼👍🏻
Needs more stuff 4/5
It's good it just needs stuff like settings for other users
Kind of pointless 1/5
I have multiple children, each with their own profile. They get an alert when they reach their limit, but they can ignore it. I only see they went over when I log into the app. I have my notifications on. It’s pointless having it
Nice start 2/5
It doesn’t have controls per user profile, time limits per profile (number of hours a users can play in total per day), the ability to set school hours, fee play time (lunch if you homeschool), and the ability to set bed-time.
The app is easy to use because it has a Nintendo UX, and has so few functions.
Not very good 1/5
Limited controls. Would like to see time slots, not just hours per day limit. Also my kids seem to be able to play well over the limit so long as they don’t switch games. Not very effective
Crap. Info grab. 1/5
By toothpaste and orange juice
You have to create an account and link to your Switch through the internet. I do not want to create a nintendo account.
My phone is more than capable of talking directly to the wifi and bluetooth enabled Switch.
Why would I use my phone to go through the internet to set controls on the Switch when I am right there with it?
Also, why are there no time limit controls accessible from the Switch itself? Simple. To get you to create a needless account and download a needless app so they can track and data mine.
No thanks. Tired of being required to open an account in order to use functionality that I already paid for.
By Keith Boutte
Stop restricting your kids so much and let them play.
Great app for a Awesome System 5/5
I am a 28 year veteran player of Nintendo, passing it down to my Son is one of the greatest things of my life. This is one of the greatest systems ever, being able to manage my son’s playtime with his education is awesome.
Good start 2/5
It’s a great concept, but needs a little more to be effective.
First, there is no security on the app, so anytime my kid gets a hold of my unlocked phone, he goes and looks at the pin.
Second, to update the parental controls or pin, the switch has to be in use. I can’t change the pin at any time, I have to wait until he’s playing it. You have to go physically wake it up and then maybe it will update.
Anyone know how to get around these issues?
Good idea...but needs improved design 2/5
Very limited functionality...part of that is the fact that switch doesn’t always have a signal like a phone and part is poor app design. You can override controls with a code, but you cannot them turn back on remotely. There needs to be a remote kill switch so you can turn off the game without having to pry it out of your screaming childs hands. I would also like the ability to add time as I move through the day to reward good behavior, etc. without having to reset basic controls each time.
Helpful and can improve a lot 3/5
I appreciate the app and it’s functionality. A few suggestions for improvements. Different parental controls by user on same Switch. Ability to shut off switch from app. Ability to monitor download progress.
Happy father 5/5
By mi marido
I’m grateful to have the control how long my kids can play in the Nintendo switch game
What does it do? 1/5
By Shawn Ginn
I can’t reset my sons password to access a code entry on the marketplace. So it made me jump through this hoop, download this app and didn’t do anything for me. Now I have to call the 1800 number, what a nightmare.
By FRANKZTER 1914
I like it lets you set times for your kids to play and see what they are playing and how long they play very helpful.
Controlar la consola 5/5
Es fácil de controlar el oration de juego de la consola me gusta es muy bueno
Parental Controls 4/5
Very cool app. I think you should be able to save progress and lock up the system once timer goes off. Giving more control to the parents.
Time Limit 1/5
By HAPPY CUSTOMER
It is quite annoying that you can’t assign time limits to individual profiles. We (the parents) have to deal with the time limits we set for our two children just as they would, it’s quite annoying to have to turn it off then remember to turn it on when we are done using it. They should have designed this app where time limits can be set individually. I feel bad for parents who have kids with a large age gap where you may want to allow an older child 3hrs while a younger child only 1hr. Good luck! We have ours set 1hr during the school week (Mon-Thurs) and 2hrs Friday-Sunday. Other than that obviously ball drop by the developers this is a great idea. The 2 ⭐️ rating is solely on the time limit but it’s such a massive miss it deserves to drop the average stars for this app. I’m curious to know what others think about this design? 🤔
Great tool that needs some obvious improvements 3/5
By Haze Titan
This is a pretty awesome way to track usage of your Switch remotely to make sure the kids are being honest about how much playtime they are getting in. It allows you to set either a subtle reminder that time is up (good luck with that) or have a hard stop that suspends the software. It even breaks the total playtime down by each user who was on for how long. Considering it already shows how much time each user plays, it is beyond me why you can’t set individual timers, and instead are only able to set one aggregate time for everyone.
This would easily be a 5 star app if such an ability was patched in, but until then I can’t say is useful for much more than seeing how one kid played the whole time while another barely played at all, after the fact.
Works great 5/5
By PT Cody
Works well and as intended. Interface is clean and easy. Well done.
Useful but needs more features 3/5
The daily play limit & bedtime alarm features are nice, especially since they don’t prevent the game being saved after the limit is reached or exceeded (so your kid won’t lose game progress but the alarms make continued play hard to enjoy). But I’d like a way to control what hours the game can be played (to prevent play during times it would be disruptive, like when the kid should be getting ready for school or eating dinner), a limit on how long they can play continuously in addition to the daily limit, and a way to display limits & bedtimes on the switch itself where the kid can see them easily. Hope to see more in future updates! :)
EDIT: Unacceptable 1/5
EDIT: after reading other reviews I’m changing my rating to one star. The issues are obvious, there is no excuse for Nintendo to have not addressed these issues. The lack of password protected accounts with individual time settings renders this app completely useless, and my other complaint (the timer still counting while game is paused on the home screen) is a distant, yet valid, concern.
I was super excited for the features of this app but the actual user experience is a little lackluster. I wish there were a way to add a time limit per user, since I have more than one child using the device, and their timer still counts down while a game is paused or even on the home menu. If I need them to do a quick task I’m either making them lose some screen time or waiting for a chore to get done before they can conveniently close their game. I do love the intention and it does work well otherwise, just a few minor tweaks would make this a 5 Star app.
Approve play when alarm goes off 4/5
By Jodi Salmon
Seeing the data is great. I only wish that when the alarm goes off there is a way to approve or not approve continuous play. I want to to pause the game or shut it off.
Great app 5/5
Love the app! I can see the amount being played
Great job 5/5
Great job, I love that you can control a system for kids
Its OK But... 3/5
By Kenny MacLife
It’s great that this app can monitor the time my kid is on the Switch. However I wish the app could actually turn the Switch off. Then it would be perfect
I love it !! 5/5
I brought this for my son , and since I’ve downloaded the app and have total control over how long he plays ,I noticed that he plays it’s to a minimum now. Which is good , because I disagree Kids playing games all day long
Good App But needs a few more options. 4/5
This is a good start for a Nintendo to provide parents a way to patrol and control the usage of their kids Nintendo Switch. The App needs a “Kill Switch” to remotely stop all play on the device at any given time. I would like to see an option to view of a list of web sites visited if the Switch gets full web browser.
Useless until changed 1/5
Since I share my Switch with my son I can’t use this app until you allow controls for different profiles! Seems like a huge mistake for families. I want to be able to use this app though
We love it!!! 5/5
My children love their new Nintendo Switch!!!!
It’s great but... 4/5
There needs to be a feature that allows you to see the average time a game is played and how many times you played said game, heck it would be better if Nintendo updated the Switch to have this kind of feature. If the 3DS and the Wii U have this feature, who says the Switch can’t have it too.
Control Switch 5/5
This is a great tool that is easy to use. The alerts are also helpful to stay advised of your child’s activity on the game system.
A good start 4/5
I agree with others, there’s some features that could make this great. Bare minimum for me is white listing which games are allowed (instead of the age restriction) per user as there’s some games I’m ok with and others I’m not. I’d like to choose which games they can play (and deny any games outside of the approved list, including brand new ones). Bonus points for making each of the profiles password protected and that way you could have custom experiences/restrictions by user... ideally across devices. With of course a Family Admin account(s).
Parental Control 3/5
By Tico en Noruega
Nice app. Would have given 5 stars if I could manage my kids’ accounts separately and able to “reward” them with extra time rather than turning off parental control.
Love knowing the time my kiddo spends each day. Helps me better balance his day. 5/5
I would love the ability to change the joy-con configuration through the app. :)
Works like a charm 5/5
Love being able to disable and set a time limit and as I lose track of time when telling my son to get off the game. Now with the Nintendo switch parental control app I can set a time limit and it disables the my son from playing that game when his time limit is up. Also like it monitors how much time he spends on it per day and month
Great idea, not useful as is 2/5
The idea is amazing, to be able to set limits for how long my kids play video games and track how much they really are playing. But it really is useless without the ability to set individual limits for each user and track how much each user is playing. Please Nintendo fix this and this will be an AMAZING asset for parents!
Good but 3/5
I really like the ability to see how much time my kid is playing on the Switch. I would also like to see when throughout the day he is playing, maybe on a timeline or something. We have a rule of no electronics in the morning, and I would like to increase my ability to enforce this.
Muy útil 5/5
By Omar Baza
Muy util para controlar y verificar cuanto juegan mis hijos :)
Separate user settings!! 3/5
I like the few things you can monitor but I hate that you can only make one setting instead of each user getting their own setting. I have two boys. Different ages that play. Plus my gf and I so it gets annoying having to keep shutting the app off so I can play or having the timer go off for one kid and then the other kid can’t play unless I shut it off so he can have his time!
Not enough functionality 2/5
* time of day or “on hours” options (for example, I don’t want my kids turning it on before 9am)
* “off now” — just include 0 in the amount of time picker. 15min minimum is not enough