How to Use PS4 Parental Controls

Turn on and turn off parental controls on PS4

What to Know

  • On the PS4, set up a Family Management profile at Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management.
  • Turn on and off: Go to Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > PS4 Family Restrictions and enter your access code.
  • Adjust the settings for your children. If you lose your passcode, you must reset the PS4 to factory settings.

This article explains how to set up a PS4 Family Management profile to use the Parental Controls. It includes information on resetting the PS4 to factory settings.

How to Set Up and Use PS4 Parental Controls

Gamers of all ages have used the PlayStation 4 for hours of entertainment. However, concerned parents use the PlayStation Parental Controls to prevent their children from watching or playing violent or sexually charged content.

To take advantage of the PS4’s Parental Control features, you create a Family account and designate yourself as the Family Manager. You need a PSN or PlayStation Network ID to set restrictions.

  1. From you PS4, select Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management.

  2. Select Family Management.

  3. Log in with your PSN ID credentials to set your account as the Family Manager.

How to Turn PS4 Parental Controls On and Off

There is no single button that allows Family Managers to turn everything on and off. With parental controls on, you can prevent your kids from logging in as guests or create new user accounts, use a web filter to block harmful websites, set age levels for video games and DVD/Blu-ray discs, and prevent them from using PlayStation VR or browsing the internet using the PS4.

  1. Select Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management.

  2. Select PS4 Family Restrictions.

  3. Enter your four-digit access code.

    If you are setting up parental controls for the first time, the default code will be 0000.

  4. From here, manipulate the settings discussed above or change your passcode if needed. Select each option to modify your Parental Controls or turn them On or Off.

    With Parental Controls, you can limit mature content, turn off the chat function, and eliminate youngsters' ability to make purchases. You can also restrict or remove a child’s ability to access the internet via the device, set age-appropriate filters for viewing PlayStation Store content, and limit the amount of playtime for each account.

How to Turn Off Parental Controls on PS4 Without Passcode

Should you happen to forget your passcode or if your child happens to change it without your permission, there is one method that will allow you to remove Parental Controls. Unfortunately, this will require that you reset your PS4 back to factory settings.

  1. Select Settings > Account Management.

  2. Select Activate as Your Primary PS4 > Deactivate.

  3. Sign back in with your PSN account after the system resets.

  4. Select Initialization > Restore Default Settings.

    Make sure not to select Initialize PS4 or the system’s hard drive will be completely erased.

  5. The Parental Control passcode will be reset to 0000 once the system restore is completed.

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