Props to Nintendo!! 5/5
I just want to say Thank You for implementing the parental restrictions app. It shows that you genuinely care about the safety and well being of the kids. I’ve got 4 kids, and I can’t monitor eveybody all the time, this helps enormously. Love you Nintendo!! Since83😋
Ridiculously Bare Bones 1/5
Nintendo can spend millions developing a console and games, so such a weak app is inexcusable. The lack of features has been covered already, over several years and there’s been no improvement, so it’s obvious they don’t give a rip.
Here’s a few Nintendo that you could knock out quickly if you so cared:
1. Allow setting up individual users.
2. Let me set a weekly time limit instead of just daily.
3. Let me set actual allowable hours, not just an evening one.
Missing profile scoped limitations 3/5
The basic features a good except it doesn’t do profile scoped limitations which is needed in a family with children.
Turn on time needed 3/5
I wish i could set up a time the device won’t work before.
I’m not sure what the point of this app is. They say is to have parental control but all you can do is set a time limit. Which if the kid ignores, does not help. You can’t set limits for individual kids and it’s not accurate anyway. No clue why you’d need this app. It could be great with some updates.
BedTime Feature Should be Improved 3/5
This feature is useful for everyone, not just kids. It definitely helps me put down the controller and get some sleep. However, I recently switched to working night shifts and would love to be able to set a custom morning bed-time with a start and end time. It would be perfect if this was included
Definitely could be better 2/5
By Mr 206
They could definitely have done better. Missing some basic features as all the reviews below have mentioned. I understand nothing is perfect but it seems like they didn’t try to provide a complete parental control app.
Limited hours 2/5
The major downside to this app is that is only allows you to set “bed time” from 4:00PM to 11:45PM. This just doesn’t work for some people. IF, on weekends, I’d like to allow my child to play until 2:00 AM. I can’t do this with the app. It’s crazy to think they’d develop and market this app and limit the hours a parent can use. If anyone else is dealing with this, the solution I’ve found is to adjust the time zone on the switch to a zone that will match the hours you want the switch to shut down.
Please add timeframe restrictions 2/5
The app works great, but it needs a little more micromanaging capability. PlayStation and Xbox allow me to restrict during specific times. Switch doesn’t allow this type of fine-tuning yet. Please try to implement. I will reevaluate my review at that time.
Come on Nintendo 2/5
Make a setting that you can change the date and time
Guys I’m gonna destroy it from the inside
About me ant this app 5/5
I have never used this app but i will use it for my kids because i am a kid so I can’t have a kid because i am a kid
Parental controls control and options 1/5
They are very primitive. Not enough options.
Not well thought. Let’s say that maybe could come with the idea that they want to give their children X minutes in the morning and X minutes in the afternoon and if they behaved very well and did very good in school like a bonus? Wow. Si difficult to think of options.
You basically have B&W and no gray.
I wish: 3/5
By D's World 1035
I wish this game had restrictions for games. I know it does. But I wish I could restrict custom games. Not age range. Like I wish I could restrict (for example) Fortnite. And leave all other games unrestricted. Cause the way the do it now, is restrict age 13+, or age+. I wish I could choose which games got restricted.
By Dre Diablo
Seriously! How long have we been asking to restrict morning play time!? Lazy developers!!
By Abigail G. St.Clair:-)
This app is NOT user friendly when setting up a new switch
Suspen device NOW... 3/5
... is a must have feature! I miss more control of the account/device. To be honest. When I'm still at work my wife calls and says could you lock... No, I can't sorry. I’m like pressing all the possible options but the kid can still play. So something like a “you’re done” button would be a must-have.
Han ho Tao 5/5
By Han hu Gu
Hey it’s a great app. For adults who want to play with their kids, an monitor all the games. Thank love the app, try its great.
It would be nice to have a set up like Apple does where you can pick and choose what apps you allow your kid to download and not just have it set up by age limit.
I don’t want my child on YouTube but what has Nintendo done? Partnered with YouTube to offer the app on the switch.
Seriously? This device is for gaming.
Please add start time 3/5
Please add a “start time” for play to this app.
It works but needs feature improvements 2/5
We need to be able to set a start time during the day that prevents playing before the start time.
Need to be able to set 0 minutes per day instead of a minimum of 15.
I would like to give them plus ups during the day so that I don’t have to remember to set the time limit back to 15 minutes at the end of the day.
I think that’s it should be able to support more than 3 switches on a single parental device.
Just plain bad 1/5
This app is just so convoluted and impossible use that I am so close of throwing out my kids switch because I can not control it through this parental app… to top things of, if you try to contact Nintendo have help with something as easy as resetting a password get ready for cozy 15-30 min hold time and then speak with someone who can barely help you for his knowledge of English is not really enough to communicate. Just all bad, for what should be a premium product according to the retail price of a Switch!
Social Distance Parenting 5/5
App is great I can be at work and know when my kid is on, what they’re playing and for how long.
Have not needed the Nuclear Option…yet, but when I need it. I have the football in my pocket.
Below Average 2/5
I like Nintendo but it’s times like these where Nintendo is really just far behind in what they aim to deliver. As a parental app, this is sub-par with little control over your switch. All it does is monitor how much little Bradley has played on his switch on X day, and in increments of 5 minutes. It’s fine you would think, until the monthly log gets recorded and you realize it doesn’t even tally up the total hours played on each software with legible measurements!
It’s frustrating. The Wii U and 3DS had far better parental control with an actual daily log to measure time played. How is that concept from nearly a decade ago superior to this watered-down load of trash? I would really like to know Nintendo, whoever it is that runs this department needs to completely revamp this app.
By KILLACAM EC
It won’t let me have a party chat with my friends the same parental controls when I contact EA they say it’s not their problem they said it’s your problem on your end
Bad idea 1/5
I restricted my son from playing his games and I’m trying to fix it and it’s asking for a pin I NEVER ADDED A PIN! Ugh completely frustrated!
It’s a good start, but lacking 3/5
By Jes F
I appreciate having a parental controls app to monitor number of hours played, setting cumulative hour limits, and receiving notifications about incorrect pin entries. I do wish the parental controls were more robust. Changes I’d like to see developed:
- Setting a start time (ie: 8a, 10:30a, etc) to complement the bed time
- Ability to SEE the actual timeframes played for each profile (ie: played 8:17a-9:45a, 6:22p-7:30p, etc.). This could even be set up as a bar graph to see a general overview, with the ability to touch for additional information.
The consistency of needing to delete an re-download this app is over the head annoying! I use and iPhone 11 plus
Very Reliable & Helpful 5/5
The Nintendo Parental Control app is the most reliable app. It keeps track of the days and the amount of time you play on the Nintendo Switch 😀
Parental control 2/5
I wish there was a way to put individual time frames instead of one time for the device itself
Not enough control 2/5
As far as I can tell their is no way to reset the daily limit, make short extensions, or turn off access from the parental control app. I need more control for my lil stinkers than this.
Not worthy of the Nintendo name 1/5
By The Gaming Spider Pig
This app is generally trash, which is sad considering that Nintendo is usually so thorough and thoughtful in its software designs.
1. You can’t extend a child’s ability to play more once they’ve reached their daily time limit. The only choices you have is to tell them too bad, or to stop time constraints for the entirety of the day. Seriously?
2. On that same note, you can’t undo that time constraint relief unless the child’s device is actively connected to wifi. So if they’ve turned it off for the day, it won’t take. And then you must remember to do it later that day when they’ve decided to turn it back on.
If Nintendo is serious about adequate parental controls it sure doesn’t show with this app.
Play timer 3/5
I wish you could set the play timer per user profile
Missing some -crucial- features 2/5
I’m glad a parental control app exists, but I really wish a few features were included that were usually standard in these kinds of apps. (1) Account-specific settings. Right now, I can’t limit my 4 year old’s screen time without also limiting her older brother, my wife, and myself. They have different screen time recommendations, so this is very frustrating. (2) Add-time feature. The only way I can add time is by changing the permanent schedule, or deactivating the limitations and then remembering to reactivate it again. It would be good if I could just add an hour or whatever, without having to remember to change it back later. (3) Onset time. The Switch is intended to be an after-school activity for my kids, but they will get up before school and sneak out just to play it in the early morning, and there’s not anything I can currently do in the parental settings to stop them. I would rate the app 5 stars, if not for these missing features.
By Kid next store
Me and my mother have been trying to understand this app because it won’t let me look at “Doki Doki literature club” on the Nintendo switch. My mother doesn’t remember making it so I can’t look at some stuff on the eshop so we are trying to figure it out.
Missing control of parental controls 2/5
This app is a half step above setting the kitchen timer when your kids play video games.
Switch Parental Controls 5/5
Love this…. So perfect to help keep the kids in line and respectful. Almost like the adults able to play the kids like a video game. If you don’t have this as one of your tools on your phone, you should! Highly recommend it!
Stupid Limitations 1/5
We have ONE Switch shared by FIVE children. The fact that I cannot setup the switch to allow my older teenage son to play teen-level games while restricting the 8-year-old to more age-appropriate games is frustrating at best. Not to mention the whole idiocy of not being able to restrict the playtimes for individual players.
Of course, I can go use the app to “make exceptions” but then the exception is there for everybody (so the 8-yr-old has access to inappropriate games).
This is a terrible system for parental controls.
Thankful for this app 5/5
By love this app for our family
I am very thankful for this app! This app has allowed a healthy balance for my kids. Once their time is up I can either add more or say “not right now” and they are perfectly fine with either answer. Now I think key was starting out right away with this app. Lately I haven’t had to adjust anything because we’ve been so busy but we really appreciate the safety features. I only wish fortnite was under the preteen restriction options. I also love this app is absolutely 100% free! I wish whoever made it would make one for iPhone parental controls!! That would be amazing!
Times up? Not 1/5
By Restful mommy
After I set the amount of time he can use the switch he is still able to use it. How do I stop the use?
Mediocre at best 1/5
They really don’t care how much my kid plays Switch. It’s to their benefit if they play more.
Why doesn’t this app send me a notification when my child’s time is up? It’s a joke to think the child will stop of their own accord when the timer goes off. But it’s an extreme step from that to shutting the switch down when time is up.
Control is very limited!! 3/5
By Denise N
I can set a stop time and # hours, however my son has taken to staying up and using it between midnight and 2am. We try to collect it at bedtime however he has sometimes found it (with consequences) or a busy day we forget to collect it. I think we will use the switch as a summer and holiday only play toy until a start time is added. That will mean he won’t be wanting more games as his play is so limited so it saves me money for now.
It’s Meh 2/5
The settings are confusing and the app confuses itself a lot of the times, such as Parent/Guardians not being able to manage a family group.
Version 1.15.0 👎🏻 1/5
By Hisham Gipsy
I can’t access my account neither my kids Nintendo can sync with the app. Previous versions were far better.
Appreciate if this can be solved ASAP
Pointless app 1/5
With myself, my wife and two kids, this app is pointless since I can only use restrictions for the entire system not the individual profiles of my kids
Can’t even create an account. 1/5
By Dr Dan2011
All I get is “Cannot display this page as you do not have access rights.”
Needs a break time feature 3/5
By Tree Lover 880
If it could make you take an hour break after an hour of playing that would be good
Minimally helpful 2/5
Nintendo could absolutely do better than this so they obviously choose not to. Can’t set a start time restriction as others have stated. Doesn’t sync well so can’t always get updated information. Doesn’t show a “pick up” time only total amount used so that’s not helpful. Changing restrictions takes way too much effort. It seems like it’s more the perception of parental control than actual ability to do so. Disappointing