Updated 4 July 2018

How to set parental controls and spending limits on PS4

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

 
 

Parental controls and spending limits work alongside Family Management and Play Time controls to help keep young players safe on both PS4 and PlayStation Network.

These settings restrict child account access to online functions and work across all devices.

Network features include:

  • Contacting other PSN users.
  • Viewing and sharing user-generated content.
  • Spending limits on PlayStation Store.
     

These settings can be customised for individual child accounts on the PS4 system, regardless of whether they have a PSN account or not.

These include:

  • Age ratings for game, Blu-ray and DVD discs.
  • Use of the PlayStation VR headset.
  • Access to the internet browser.
     

These settings apply to all local users on the PS4 system regardless of age, family member status and whether they have a PSN account or not.

These include:

  • Blocking new user creation and guest login.
  • Changing security passcodes.
  • Setting default Parental Controls which will apply to new users and guests*

*You can temporarily disable these restrictions from this menu.
 

How to set monthly spending limits

  1. Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. 
  2. Select the user you want to set a spending limit for, then select [Applications/Devices/Network Features] under the Parental Controls section.
  3. Select 'Monthly Spending Limit' and press .

How to restrict access to Network Features

  1. Go to  [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to enter your PSN account password.
  2. Select the user you want to set restrictions for, then select [Applications/Devices/Network Features] under the Parental Controls section.
  3. Under 'Network Features' you can choose whether to allow a child family member to communicate with other players on PSN or view content created by other players.

How to set age rating levels for games, Blu-ray Discs and DVD videos

  1. Follow the steps below to set age rating levels for games. Before you do this, make sure you know the appropriate parental control level for your child.
  2. Go to  [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to enter your PSN account password. 
  3. Select the user you want to set the age level for, then select [Applications/Devices/Network Features] and select the content you would like to restrict.

How to disable use of Web Browser and PlayStation VR

You can choose whether or not to allow child family members to use the PlayStation VR headset or Internet Browser. Please be aware the VR headset is not for use by children under the age of 12.

  1. On your PS4 system, go to  [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to re-enter your PSN account password.
  2. Select the user you want to set restrictions for and select [Applications/Devices/Network Features].
  3. Scroll down to 'Use of PlayStation VR' or 'Use of Internet Browser' select 'allowed' or 'not allowed'.

How to prevent children changing parental controls

The steps below can help you keep your parental control settings secure, and prevent children from attempting to override or change the settings without the family manager's permission.

  • 1

    Disable new user creation and guest login

    By turning off the ability to create new local users or log in to the PS4 system as a guest, you can prevent child family members from attempting to bypass parental controls and age rating levels.

    1. On your PS4 system, log in as the family manager and go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions]. You'll need to enter the system restriction passcode*. If you haven't set this yet, the default is 0000 (or on the DS4 controller).
    2. Select [New User Creation and Guest Login] and select 'Not Allowed'.
    3. We then recommend selecting [Change System Restriction Passcode] and changing it to a memorable 4 digit code to prevent other users gaining access to parental controls.
    4. When you're done, your changes will be saved automatically.

    * Please note the System Restriction Passcode is different to the user login passcode.

  • 2

    Set a login passcode

    Setting a login passcode means only the person who knows the passcode will be able to login to the family manager's local user on the PS4 system. A login passcode is different from the system restriction passcode.

    1. On your PS4 system, go to [Settings] > [Login Settings] > [Login Passcode Management].
    2. Set a 4 digit passcode using the corresponding buttons on the DS4 controller. Make sure it's something memorable that only you know.
    3. Enter the 4 digit passcode a second time to confirm.
    4. Once set, you can change or delete the login passcode at any time from the same area.
  • 3

    Set a system restriction passcode

    The system restriction passcode allows you to prevent child users changing parental controls settings on the PS4 system, such as age ratings and default parental controls. This passcode should be known by only the family manager and parents/guardians in the family.

    1. On your PS4 system, go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions].
    2. Enter the existing system restriction passcode. If you haven't set one before the default is 0000 (or on the DS4 controller).
    3. Select [Change System Restriction Passcode].
    4. Enter a new 4 digit passcode using the corresponding buttons on the DS4 controller. Make sure it's something memorable that only you know.
    5. Enter the passcode a second time to confirm.
    6. Once set, you can change the system restriction passcode at any time from the same area.

How to subscribe to and enable Web Filter

You can purchase an automatically renewing subscription to Trend Micro Kids Safety web filtering software for your PS4 system to make sure your children do not see inappropriate or harmful material via the Internet browser. You can also sign up for an automatically renewing subscription to Trend Micro Web Security to help you avoid phishing and scam sites.

To sign up:

  1. On your PS4 system, go to [PlayStation Store] and search for 'Trend Micro'.
  2. Select the subscription you would like to sign up for and continue to check out.* If you would like both Kids Safety and Web Security you can sign up for a bundled subscription by selecting 'Trend Micro for PlayStation 4'. A free trial is also available.

To enable:

  1. On your PS4 system, go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions] > [Web Filter] and press the X button on [Trend Micro for PlayStation 4 Settings].
  2. Enter the system restrictions passcode. If you haven't set this yet, the default is 0000 (or on the DS4 controller).
  3. Press (X button) to place a tick next to the filter you want to enable and press (Circle button) to exit.
  4. Web filtering is now active.

* Please note that we will usually switch on Automatic Wallet Funding when you sign up for a subscription service (click here to find out how to make sure it is switched on). This means that if your wallet does not have enough funds the credit or debit card linked to your account will be debited to top up your wallet for subscription renewals.