Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro aim to be entertainment hubs for the whole family, but that means not every piece of content is appropriate for every age, and it doesn’t mean that kids should have unrestricted access to the console at all hours. day.
If you have younger members of your household and don’t want them to get their hands on R-rated movies or M-rated games, you’ll probably want to set up parental controls on PS4. All you need is a few minutes and a hard-to-guess passcode. Whether you have a regular PS4 or a PS4 Pro with 4K resolution, you can follow the exact same steps to protect your kids from adult content.
Here’s how to set up parental controls on PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro:
1. Access the Parental Control List. The first step is to swipe up on the PS4 home screen, then scroll to the right and select Settings.
From here, tap on Parental Controls.
On the Parental Controls screen, you will have two options: Restrict the use of PS4 features and manage sub-accounts. Select Sub Accounts first, unless you want to restrict content on your PS4 to all users (you probably don’t). Sub accounts are also called family accounts, depending on the firmware version of your PlayStation 4.
Have your child choose their language and date of birth.
Your child must then enter their email address and choose a password. (Obviously, it helps if your child is old enough to have their own email address.)
Finally, select a location – it should match the location you specified for your profile.
3. Block and allow content. On the next screen, you will be able to choose which function you would like to block and which you would like to allow. You can choose whether to allow your child to play online, download user-generated content, or allow others to use their PSN accounts on your PS4, among other things.
4. Set access restrictions. Once this process is complete, go back to the Parental Controls menu, and select Restrict Use of PS4 Features. This is where you will be able to decide exactly what type of content your child can access. If you are comfortable with anything and everything, leave the settings as they are.
To use these features, you will need a 4-digit passcode. By default, the code is “0000”, but you can change it by choosing Change Passcode.
You can limit games based on different levels on a scale from 1 to 11. Level 2 only allows EC (Early Childhood) games. Level 3 allows for E (everyone), level 4 allows for E10+ (everyone 10 and over), level 5 allows teens and level 9 allows adults. The system is set to 9 by default.
Similarly, you can set age ratings for Blu-ray discs. Just keep in mind that not all Blu-rays are required to have an age rating. You’ll be fine with movies and TV shows from major companies, but be careful with your stockpile of bloody horror movies from independent studios.
The process is very similar to DVDs, except that it runs on a PS4 game rating scale of 1 to 11 rather than the Blu-ray age gate. Remember that 9 allows for just about everything, while 2 is suitable for young children.
You can also enable or disable the PS4 Internet browser as you see fit.
Finally, decide if you want your child to be able to allow other PSN users to sign into his or her account (for example, if he or she has more friends).
Set up an account for each child, and you’re good to go. Just keep in mind that at the moment it is not possible to move sub-accounts away from the main account that produced them (your account). This means that if you have a kid in high school, it’s probably best to let him or her create an entire account that can travel to college and beyond.
How to set time limits
Controlling what your child plays is one thing, but limiting playtime to make sure he does his homework and chores is another. The PlayStation 4 version 5.5 software update enriches the system’s parental control by adding playing time limits.
This option appears at the end of the family member’s new account creation process. If you’ve already created a sub-account (or a family member’s account as they’re now called), you’ll need to open that account on the Parental Controls/Manage Family page to find the playtime controls. If you’d rather do all this on a web browser, sign in at This pagewhere you select a user and click Edit next to Runtime Settings.
1. Click Unrestrict next to playtime restrictions.
2. Select Restrict.
3. Just click notification next to “When it’s time to play.”
4. Select Sign out of PS4. Unless you want to give them time to save their game, make sure Notify Only is enabled. It is a question of how much you trust your child.
5. Check the box next to Every day.
6. Set the total playtime allowed, and the hours your child can play games.
7. Check the box next to ‘By days of the week’ to set specific limits for each day of the week. This way, your child can play more on nights outside of school than on school nights.
8. To view your child’s online activity, log in to This page. From the Manage Family page, you can add new family members and change settings.