How to Use PS5 Parental Controls

Set spending limits, age restrictions, and more

What to Know

  • To set content-related restrictions, go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > PS5 Console Restrictions.
  • To set playtime and spending limits, go to your PSN Account page, sign in, select Family Management, and follow the prompts.
  • PS5 parental controls allow you to block access to age-restricted content and online features like video chat.

This article explains how to use PS5 parental controls. Instructions apply to the PlayStation 5 Standard and Digital Editions.

How to Use PS5 Parental Controls

You can set age restrictions for games, DVDs, and other content using your PS5 console.

  1. From the PS5 home screen, select Settings.

    Settings on PS5
  2. Select Family and Parental Controls.

    The "Family and Parental Controls" heading
  3. Select PS5 Console Restrictions.

    The PS5 Console Restrictions heading
  4. Enter your four-digit access code.

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

    The Console Restriction Passcode on PS5
  5. Adjust the general parental controls for the console. You can choose from the following options:

    • User and Creation and Guest Login (Allow or Don't Allow)
    • Parental Controls for New Users
    • Temporarily Disable PS5 Console Restrictions
    • Change Your Console Restriction Passcode

    Be sure to change the passcode so that your kids can't adjust the parental settings you set up.

    The PS5 Console Restrictions screen
  6. To set restrictions for individual profiles, go back to PS5 Console Restrictions, then select a user under Applicable users on this PS5.

    The "Applicable Users on This PS5" heading
  7. Enter your four-digit access code.

    The Console Restriction Passcode on PS5
  8. Adjust the parental controls for the user. You can choose from the following options:

    • Blu-Ray Disc
    • PS5 Games
    • PS4 Games
    • Disable web browsing and PSVR

What Are the PS5 Parental Controls and How Do They Work?

The PS5 console offers many options when it comes to age restrictions, but if you want more extensive parental controls, you must create a PlayStation family account. By making yourself the family manager, you can adjust the following settings for individual users:

  • Set limits on playtime
  • Block purchases and set spending limits
  • Block access to age-restricted content
  • Disable voice, text, and video chat

How to Create a PS5 Family Account

Here's how to set up a family account and make yourself the manager to set parental controls for each family member.

  1. Create a PlayStation Network (PSN) account if you don't already have one.

  2. In a web browser, go to the PSN Account Management page and sign in to your account, then select Family Management on the left side.

    Family Management on the PSN Family Account settings page.
  3. Select Add Family Member (or Set Up Now if you're just setting up your account).

    Add Family Member in PSN Family Account settings.
  4. Select Add a Child.

    Add a Child under Add a Family Member on PSN Family Account settings.
  5. Enter the child's date of birth, then select Next.

    Next under DOB and Add a Child on PSN Family Account settings
  6. Enter an email for your child and create a password for their PSN account, then select Next. Follow the prompts to finish setting up the child account.

    Next under Add a Child on PSN Family Account settings.
  7. Go back to the Family Management page, select the child account you want to set restrictions for, then select Edit to adjust each feature.

    Edit under PSN Family Management.

How to Grant Parent/Guardian Permissions

You can also designate other adult family members as parent/guardians, allowing them to change child accounts settings. In the Family Management section of your PSN family account, select the family member you want to make a parent/guardian, then select the Parent/Guardian checkbox.

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