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How do I set Parental Controls on my Nintendo 2DS, 3DS OR 3DS XL?


How can Parental Controls help?
Parental Controls allow parents or guardians to restrict some of the system’s features like the buying of software, sharing personal data and 3D image display.

Setting up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls

  1. From HOME menu of your Nintendo 3DS go to SYSTEM SETTINGS and tap PARENTAL CONTROLS to continue.
  2. Choose a memorable 4-digit PIN code and enter it when prompted, re-enter it to confirm your choice.
  3. You’ll then be asked to select and answer a secret question, in case you forget your PIN. Choose one from the list and input your answer using the on-screen keypad and your stylus.
  4. With the security set, you can now choose from the menu which Parental Controls you wish to turn on, tap PARENTAL CONTROL SETTINGS. From here you can also CHANGE PIN and CLEAR SETTINGS.

Parental Control Settings

Software Rating
Touch SOFTWARE RATING. You will be taken to a scroll menu where you can choose the appropriate age range for the Nintendo 3DS user. Tap right to increase the level of security.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To play content at a higher rating you will need to enter your PIN.

Internet Browser
Touch INTERNET BROWSER. Tapping RESTRICT will block the use of the internet browser, protecting against harmful websites.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To use the internet browser you will need to enter your PIN.

Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services
Touch NINTENDO 3DS SHOPPING SERVICES. Tapping RESTRICT will stop the use of credit cards, online purchasing and vouchers in the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To use the Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services you will need to enter your PIN.

Display of 3D Images
Touch DISPLAY OF 3D IMAGES to disable the 3D feature. The use of the 3D feature by children aged six and under may cause vision damage. It is highly recommended that only children over six should use the system in 3D mode.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. All 3D content will now display in 2D. To access 3D content you will need to enter your PIN.

Sharing Images / Audio / Video / Long Text Data
Touch SHARING IMAGES / AUDIO / VIDEO / LONG TEXT DATA. Tap RESTRICT to stop the sending of any personal information like personal photographs, audio, video and long text.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To send any personal photographs, audio, video and long text you will need to enter your PIN.
Please note, this option won’t restrict data sent from Nintendo DS software titles.

Online Interaction
Touch ONLINE INTERACTION. Tapping RESTRICT will allow you to stop all online communication in game and the exchange of data with other people online.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings.
Please note, this option won’t restrict data sent from Nintendo DS software titles.
StreetPass
Touch STREETPASS. Tapping RESTRICT from this menu will stop any data exchange like Mii characters, high scores, and custom characters.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To use StreetPass you will need to enter your PIN.

Friend Registration
Touch FRIEND REGISTRATION. Tapping RESTRICT will stop the user from registering new friends to the Nintendo 3DS system. You will still be able to send messages and data to current friends.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To add new friends you will need to enter your PIN.

DS Download Play
Touch DS DOWNLOAD PLAY. Tapping RESTRICT will stop the user from playing games with any nearby Nintendo 3DS or a Nintendo 3DS over the internet.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To play games with another Nintendo3DS you will need to enter your PIN.

Viewing Distributed Videos
Touch VIEWING DISTRIBUTED VIDEOS. Tapping RESTRICT will stop any possible viewing of any distributed videos suitable for any age.
Make sure you select OK to save your settings. To watch any distributed videos you will need to enter your PIN.
Please note, this does not affect the videos from Nintendo eShop. To restrict videos from Nintendo eShop go to SOFTWARE RATING in the PARENTAL CONTROL SETTINGS menu.

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