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How to Add a Passcode to Your Nintendo Switch? Step By Step Guide

Learn how to add a passcode to your Nintendo Switch for extra security using Parental Controls. Follow easy steps to set up a passcode and ensure your console stays protected.

by Rubaditsha

Updated Apr 01, 2024

How to Add a Passcode to Your Nintendo Switch? Step By Step Guide

What is a Nintendo Switch Passcode?

A Nintendo Switch passcode is like a secret code that allows you to limit which applications and games your children may use on the system. This feature is quite helpful for parents who want to keep an eye on their kids gaming activities. It is not quite the same as phone passcodes, but it nevertheless offers a greater level of protection by limiting the amount of time you may play a game or restricting unwanted access.

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You can limit what your children can do on the Switch even if you cannot use a passcode to lock the entire system. Therefore, controlling access is more important than totally locking the gadget. It is a useful tool for monitoring the games your children are playing and the duration of their play, which may assist in preserving a healthy balance between gaming and other activities.

How to Add a Passcode to Your Nintendo Switch?

Learn how to add a passcode to your Nintendo Switch. Follow the steps given below:

Keep Your Nintendo Switch Secure

  • Go to the Home menu on your Switch.

  • Scroll down to System Settings and select it.

  • Under System, locate Parental Controls.

  • Choose Set Password to establish a new password. Once set, your Switch will be safeguarded, and you can change it anytime.

Unlock the Power of Password Protection on Nintendo Switch

  • Initiate by setting a passcode for your Switch in System Settings.

  • Activate Parental Controls to manage time limits, internet access, and game usage.

  • Enhance security further by enabling two-factor authentication for your account.

Quick Steps for Password Protection on Nintendo Switch

  • Access the Settings menu on your console.

  • Navigate to User & Settings and select Encryption Settings.

  • Enter a unique password, confirm it, and set a hint in case you forget.

Secure Your Switch from Unwanted Guests

  • Create a PIN to secure your console, ensuring it remains protected even if someone accesses your Joy-Cons.

  • Choose your preferred security settings, whether a traditional password system or a picture-based one for added convenience.

Resetting Passcode

If you forget your passcode, don't worry. You can easily reset it by accessing the PIN section in the Parental Controls app. Simply follow the provided instructions to set a new passcode and regain access to your Switch.

How to Check if Your Switch Passcode Works?

If you want to check if your switch passcode works, here are some steps that are given below:

Verifying Your Switch Passcode

  • The switch reaches the time-set limit.

  • Try to open restricted games or apps.

  • If the passcode is right, a message will say you cannot access them.

Resuming Regular Use

  • Tap the Time's Up button.

  • Enter the passcode using the control stick.

  • Confirm by pressing the R button.

Confirming Passcode Success

  • The notification says parental controls are off.

  • Time's Up button will show Off at the top.

  • All restricted features are accessible until the next wake-up.

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