Updated 24 July 2020

Prevent children from changing parental controls on PlayStation®4

Learn how to prevent children from changing parental controls on PS4.

Set a PS4 system restriction passcode

The system restriction passcode prevents your child from changing parental controls settings on the PS4 system, such as age ratings and default parental controls. Make sure to choose a memorable passcode that only you know. Only share it with the family member(s) you appoint as guardian because it enables all controls to be changed or removed. 

  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 controller).
  3. Select [Change System Restriction Passcode].
  4. Enter a new four-digit passcode using the corresponding buttons on the 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.
 
 

Set a PS4 login passcode

Set a login passcode to prevent other users from logging in to the family manager’s account. Setting a login passcode means only the person who knows the passcode will be able to log in to the family manager's local user on the PS4 system. 

  1. On your PS4 system, go to [Settings] > [Login Settings] > [Login Passcode Management].
  2. Set a four-digit passcode. Make sure it's something memorable that only you know.

  3. Enter the four-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.

Encourage everyone who has an account on your PlayStation system to set a login passcode. Otherwise, your child family members can log in to the accounts of adults or older children and avoid the controls you have placed on them.

Disable new user creation and guest login on PS4

Prevent your child from creating a new unrestricted account instead of using the one you created for them by disabling new user creation and the option to log in to the PS4 as a guest. 

  1. On your PS4 system, log in as the family manager and go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions].
  2. Select [New User Creation and Guest Login] and select 'Not Allowed'.
  3. When you're done, your changes will be saved automatically.