Updated 7 April 2017

Parental controls on PlayStation 4

Learn how to set up parental controls and limit the use of apps & features on your PlayStation 4 system.

 
 

What do parental controls on the PlayStation 4 system do?

If children will be using the PlayStation 4 system, parents or guardians can restrict access and play of content which may not be suitable. You can adjust these restrictions by selecting the correct option from the settings menu.

What type of content can be restricted?

The following features can be restricted on the PlayStation 4.

  • The starting of applications and playing of content.
  • Playback of Blu-Ray movies and DVD’s
  • Use of the browser
  • Login to other local user accounts on the PlayStation 4 system
  • Log in by people who do not have local user accounts on the PlayStation 4 system

How do I set up parental controls and how do the levels relate to the age of my child?

You first need to know the appropriate parental control level that corresponds to the age of your child.

Player's Age

Under 3

3-6

7-11

12-15

16-17

18 and over

PS4 parental control setting

1

2

3

5

7

9

 

U - Unrestricted Public Exhibition

UA - Unrestricted Public Exhibition - but with a word of caution that Parental discretion required for children below 12 years

A - Restricted to
adults

S - Restricted to any special class of persons

So if your child is 12 years old, select level 5 following the steps explained below.  This means that your child will only be able to play games age rated 12 or below.

The parental control levels apply similarly to films as well.

U - Unrestricted Public Exhibition

UA - Unrestricted Public Exhibition - but with a word of caution that Parental discretion required for children below 12 years

A - Restricted to
adults

S - Restricted to any special class of persons

 

Find out more about age ratings and parental controls.

If you are unsure what level to choose to prevent or allow a child to play a particular product, you can select the application or content from the content area, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Information]. The restriction will then be displayed.

If an application or content works with the PlayStation 4 system's parental controls, the parental control level appears in the [Parental Control] field.  

It is not possible to set different parental control levels for each user of the PlayStation 4 system, so always set the parental controls to suit the youngest child in your home. You can adjust them at any time to allow viewing or play by an adult or older child, but remember to reset them to ensure your youngest child only sees content appropriate for their age.

How do I restrict the use of Games, Applications and Downloaded Films?

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area
  2. Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Application] and choose the level you'd like to set. Once these levels are set, users who have been restricted will see a padlock icon in place of the normal artwork for the game or application. The default level is 9 which equates to an 18 age rating. Change it to suit the age of the youngest child in your home.
  3. When you set the parental controls for the first time, you will need to set a passcode (The default passcode is 0000). To set your passcode go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > Change Passcode.

How do I restrict the use of Blu-Ray Movies?

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area.
  2. Go to   [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Blu-Ray Disc] and choose the level you'd like to set.

"Allow" is the default setting and means that there are no limits. The numbers correlate to an age, and are used to restrict content. The lower the age, the tighter the restriction.

How do I restrict the use of DVD Movies?

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area.
  2. Go to (Settings) > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [DVD].  The default setting allows all DVDs to play, so change it to suit the age of the youngest child in your home.

The [Country or Region for Partntal Control] option sets the regional standard for DVD parental controls. You want this to match the region set on the PlayStation 4. If you have a UK PlayStation 4 and are watching UK DVDs, this should be set to UK.

How do I restrict use of the Internet Browser?

You can restrict access to the internet browser to prevent a child using the internet through the PlayStation 4 system.  This will not prevent the launch of some applications that use the internet.

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area.
  2. Go to (Settings) > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Internet Browser].

Select the "Do Not Allow" option. This will prevent the Internet Browser from starting, although the icon for the browser will still appear on the Home Screen.

How do I restrict Login to other local user accounts on the PlayStation 4 system?

You can set a passcode to restrict access to your local user account on the PlayStation 4. This can prevent your child from using adult local user accounts and associated adult PSN accounts.

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area.
  2. Go to   [Settings] > [Users] > [Login Settings] > [Passcode Management]
  3. Set the passcode you wish to use to restrict access to your user profile.

Please note the password used to restrict access to your User profile will be separate from the parental control passcode.

How do I restrict people logging in who do not have local user accounts on the PlayStation 4 system?

You can stop people who do not have a local user account on the PlayStation 4 system from logging in. This prevents a child from registering as a new local user or as a guest on the PlayStation 4 system and so ensures your child only uses the PlayStation 4 system local user account, and associated sub account, created specificallyr for them.

  1. From the PlayStation 4 system's Home Screen, press up on the d-pad to get to the Function area.
  2. Go to [Settings] > [Parental controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Select [New User] and Log in to PS4]

Select the "Do Not Allow" option. This will prevent the creation of any new Users on the PlayStation 4 system.

If your child will be going online with the PlayStation 4 system, such as to play online against others, you can also restrict the features they can access and interactions they have by creating a sub account and setting the appropriate parental controls.

Find out more about sub accounts and master accounts

Find out more about setting up a sub account

Find out more about sub account parental controls