Updated 08 March 2018

How to manage Play Time controls

Find out how to set Play Time controls on your PS4 system to help keep your family’s gaming experience both safe and fun.

As a parent or guardian, it can be hard to oversee how much time younger players are spending on the PS4 system. Play Time management gives family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) the ability to set limits on when, and for how long, each child can access PS4 systems.

Play Time controls work alongside System Restrictions and Family Management settings to help keep all accounts safe and secure.

How does Play Time management work?

Setting Play Time is based on three simple settings:

  • Set Play Time Restrictions: ‘Restrict’ or ‘Do Not Restrict’.
  • Allocate Play Times: ‘Time Duration’, ‘Playable Hours’ and ‘End Time’ for every day or specific days of the week. 
  • Set an action for when Play Time ends: ‘Notify Family Manager’ or ‘Log Out’ child account.

As young players near the end of their Play Time, coloured notifications will appear at the top of the screen to let them know when they should save and quit.

 

Please note, Play Time restrictions for offline child accounts will only apply to the system on which they are set.
  • How do I access Play Time controls on my PS4 System?

    1. On your PS4 system, go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management] and select the child account you would like to set Play Time controls for. 
    2. Set a [Time Zone] then select [Play Time Settings]. Once you have set your restrictions, select [Save] to apply the changes.
  • How do I access Play Time controls on a web browser?

    1. Sign in to account management
    2. Select [Account] > [Family Management] > [Go to Family Management] and click the child account you would like to access. 
    3. Click [Edit] by the Play Time restrictions you would like to set or change. Select [Save] to apply changes.
  • How do I access Play Time controls on the PlayStation App?

    1. Open the PlayStation App on your mobile device and log in to your family manager account. 
    2. Tap (PS icon) at the bottom of the screen > [Settings] > [Account Information]. 
    3. Tap [Menu icon] at the top left of your screen > [Family Management]. 
    4. Tap the child account and tap [Edit] by the Play Time restrictions you would like to set or change. Select [Save] to apply the settings.