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How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

By Marshall Honorof published 20 May 19

Whether you need to repair its software or simply save some space, learn how to factory reset your PS4.

If you own a gadget for a long time, you should factory-reset it every once in a while. Useless files accumulate, caches fill up with junk data and programs you never use start eating up valuable space.

Video game consoles are no exception, particularly since games are larger than ever and hard drive space is at a premium. To learn how to factory reset your PS4, whether to repair it or simply to save some space, read on.

1. Deactivate your system.

If you own just one PS4, it’s probably considered your “primary” device. This means that you can remotely queue downloaded games and apps, use Remote Play and share your purchased content with anyone else who uses your console. It’s a handy feature, but if you don’t deactivate it before factory-resetting, it’s a bit of a pain to reactivate.

Go to Settings, then Account Management. Select Activate as Your Primary PS4, then Deactivate. It’s a simple step, but it’ll save you a lot of grief down the road.

2. Back up your save data (0ptional, but highly recommended)

If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you may have already set your save data to auto-upload to Sony’s cloud servers. If not, you should really take a few minutes and back it up. Otherwise, you’ll be starting every game from scratch again.

Tom’s Guide has a more comprehensive guide on how to back up PS4 save files, but if you want the short version: Go to Application Saved Data in the Settings menu, and follow the on-screen instructions to copy your save files to the cloud, a USB thumb drive or an external hard drive.

3. Find the Initialization menu.

Go back to the main Settings menu, then click on Initialization. (Yes, I was also surprised that the reset option is not under System or Backup and Restore, so learn from my mistakes.)

4. Initialize your PS4.

Click on Initialize, and you’ll arrive at one final menu that offers you a Quick or Full reset. “Quick” doesn’t really reset your PS4 —it just signs you out of everything and deletes all user and save data. “Full” is what will wipe the system, from the guts back on up. In my opinion, Quick isn’t really a worthwhile option, especially if you’re having software problems. And while Full claims to take a few hours, in my experience, I was up and running again within 30 minutes.

Either way, pick your reset style, and confirm your choice. Then, get ready to re-download all your favorite titles and apps, and restore your save data. (Again: Settings, Application Saved Data, then follow the prompts.

The method described above is the simplest way to restore your PS4 to factory settings, but it’s not necessarily the best, especially if you’re having software problems. If your PS4 is not cooperating, don’t bother with the regular menus; reset your system from Safe Mode instead.

How to Factory Reset Your PS4 in Safe Mode

1. Download PS4 system software.

To really give your PS4 a fresh start, you’ll need to install system software from scratch. That means you’ll need a FAT32- or exFAT-formatted USB stick with about 2 GB of free space. Then, download the latest system software from the PlayStation website.

(Be sure to click where it says, “Do you want to perform a fresh install of the full system software?” The software from the top of the page is just an update, not a full install package, and you won’t be able to use it.)

On the USB drive, make a folder called PS4, and inside that one, make a folder called UPDATE. Copy and paste the system software into the UPDATE folder, then eject the USB drive. You’ll need this in a bit.

2. Start the PS4 in Safe Mode.

Turn off your PS4 completely, if it’s already on. Then, hold down the PS4’s power button. (Don’t use the controller; use the actual, physical button on the console.) Keep holding it down after it beeps the first time, and it will beep a second time about five seconds later. Then, let go. The system will now prompt you to attach a controller with a USB cord, and boot up in Safe Mode.

3. Select Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)

Scroll down to option 7, and click on it. The system will prompt you to enter a USB stick with system software, which you should have at the ready. Insert the USB stick, follow the prompts and give the system some time. The system will reinstall software from scratch, and leave you with the next-best-thing to a brand-new PS4, fresh from the box. Sign in, restore your save files, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom’s Guide, overseeing the site’s coverage of gaming hardware and software. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.

If you forget your PlayStation Network (PSN) password, you can reset it from the web or on your PlayStation console.

Having trouble resetting your password?

Try our PlayStation Online Assistant to find out how to recover your account.

Reset your PSN password

  1. Go to the Account Management sign-in page and select Trouble Signing in? >Reset your password and enter your sign-in ID (email address).
  1. You’ll be sent an email containing a secure link. The verification email can take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, please click here for more help.
  2. Follow the secure link, fill in the requested information, and create a new password using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
  1. Go to Settings >Users and Accounts >Account >Sign In.
  2. On the sign-in screen, press the triangle button, and then select Next. An email for changing your password is sent to the sign-in ID (email address) shown on this screen.
  3. You’ll be sent an email containing a secure link. The verification email can take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, please click here for more help.
  4. Follow the secure link, fill in the requested information and create a new password using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

If you have access to a PS4 that you have activated as your primary PS4, you can reset your password in a couple of clicks — all you need is access to your sign-in ID (email address):

  1. From the PS4 home screen, go to Settings >Account Management >Sign In.
  2. On the sign-in screen, press the triangle button, and then select Next. An email for changing your password is sent to the sign-in ID (email address) shown on this screen.
  3. Click the link in the email and enter a new password.
  1. Go to Settings >Account Management >Sign In.
  2. On the sign-in screen, press the triangle button, and then select Next. An email for changing your password is sent to the sign-in ID (email address) shown on this screen.
  3. You’ll be sent an email containing a secure link. The verification email can take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t receive it within 24 hours, please click here for more help.
  4. Follow the secure link, fill in the requested information and create a new password using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

Can’t access your email address or verification info?

If you can’t provide the verification information for your account or open the password reset email, you’ll need to contact us.

Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Anyone with physical access to your PlayStation 4 can just grab the controller, turn it on, and start playing–at least by default. You can restrict access to your PlayStation 4 so people can’t play your games, mess with your save files, and make online purchases without your permission.

Just enabling passcode lock isn’t good enough. You’ll also want to prevent people from creating new profiles using the built-in parental controls or people can use your PlayStation 4 by creating a new profile when they turn it on.

How to Restrict Access to Your Profile

You can set a passcode that prevents people from signing into your PlayStation 4 profile. To do so, first sign into your PlayStation 4 with that profile. Press the “Up” button on the homescreen to access the row of icons on the top of the screen, select “Settings,” and press the “X” button.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Scroll down on the Settings screen and select “Users.”

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Select the “Login Settings” option on the Users screen.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

You’ll see a “Log in to PS4 Automatically” option on the Login Settings screen. This option won’t bypass the passcode if you choose to enable it. If you enable this option and set a passcode, your PS4 will automatically try to log you in and request your passcode each time you power it on.

Select “Passcode Management” on this screen.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

If you haven’t created a passcode yet, you’ll be prompted to create one. Passcodes are numerical codes that are four digits long. You enter them using the Left, Up, Right, Down, R1, R2, L1, L2, Triangle, and Square buttons. This allows you to quickly enter your passcode with four button presses when you power on your PlayStation 4.

Enter your passcode twice to confirm you’ve entered it correctly. After you set a passcode, you’ll have to enter it each time you sign into your PlayStation 4. You can change or remove the passcode by heading to Settings > Login Settings > Passcode Management and selecting either “Change Passcode” or “Delete.”

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

If you have multiple user accounts on your PS4, you’ll have to sign in with each one and set a passcode for each profile separately to restrict access. Long-press the “PlayStation” button on the controller and select “Switch User” to quickly switch user accounts and set passcodes for each user.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

How to Restrict Guest Access

Even after you restrict access to your user profiles with passcodes, anyone with physical access to the PS4 can power it on and create a new profile from the sign-in screen to start playing. If you don’t want kids or roommates messing with your PlayStation 4, you can prevent guest access to it and ensure only user profiles you’ve added can use the PS4.

This is accomplished through the use of your PlayStation 4’s parental controls feature. Go to your PS4’s Settings screen and select “Parental Controls” to access these settings.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Select “Restrict Use of PS4 Features.” You’ll have to enter a parental controls PIN. If you haven’t set a PIN yet, you’ll need to enter the default PIN, which is 0000.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Locate the “Select [New User] and Log in to PS4” option and set it to “Do Not Allow.” if someone attempts to add a new user and sign into the PS4 from the sign-in screen, they’ll need to know your parental controls PIN.

Once you have, you’ll want to set a stronger PIN than the default 0000. Select “Change Passcode” here to set a PIN. This PIN is separate from your user profile’s passcode, but they’re both four digits. You could set both your passcode and your parental control PIN to the same four-digit codes to remember them more easily.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Be Sure to Sign Out or Put Your PS4 in Rest Mode

If you really want to ensure no one uses your PlayStation 4 without your permission, be sure to sign out of your PS4, put it in rest mode, or even power it off when you’re done with it. If you step away from your PS4 and leave it signed in–or just turn off your TV without putting the PS4 to sleep–it’ll remain signed in and anyone can pick up your controller and start playing.

To sign out of your PS4 or put it to sleep when you’re done, hold down the “PlayStation” button on the controller and then choose the “Log Out of PS4” or “Enter Rest Mode” options on this menu. You can also press the Power button on the PS4 itself.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

When your PS4 goes to sleep automatically, it will sign you out and the next person who boots it will have to enter the passcode. You can adjust how long the PS4 waits before it goes to sleep by heading to Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Time Until PS4 Turns Off. By default, it will turn itself off after one hour if it’s playing a game or on the home screen, or after four hours if it’s playing media, such as streaming Netflix.

How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

Sure, a four-digit PIN isn’t as secure as a longer password, but that makes it more convenient. It’s a fine solution for preventing people from playing your PS4 without your permission, and you can enter your passcode with four quick button presses when you want to play.

Lock your console down with these easy guides.

Joe Rice-Jones

  • December 31, 2019
  • How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    There’s any number of reasons you’d want to stop anyone who didn’t have the unlock code from using it.

    Maybe you don’t want your kids buying games, or maybe you don’t want your parents to stop you from buying games, I don’t know, but there are plenty of reasons to want to protect your PlayStation 4 account.

    We’ll show you how so you can get back to doing important things, like searching for treasure in Uncharted 4.

    Here’s how to password protect your PlayStation 4

    There are two things you want to do here, first set up a passcode to protect your user account, and then you’ll want to restrict guest access so nobody can get onto your PlayStation 4 without your passcode:

    Here’s how to do that:

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    • Power on your PlayStation 4 console (or turn your DS4 controller on to wake it from sleep mode)
    • Make sure you’re signed into the profile you want to passcode protect
    • Press Up on your controller from the Home Screen to get the menu, then scroll to Settings
    • When in Settings, scroll down to Users
    • Then select Login Settings
    • Select Passcode Management. Don’t worry about the Log in to PS4 Automatically option, that won’t bypass your passcode if you enable it

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Now you want to Restrict Guest Access. If you don’t do this, anyone with physical access to your PlayStation 4 can power it on, create a new profile, and play your games.

    Here’s how to restrict guest access:

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    • Go to Settings and select Parental Controls
    • Then select Restrict User of PS4 Features

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Okay, all that’s done. Now you want to make sure you either sign out of your PS4, put it into Rest Mode, or power it off when you’re not using it. If you don’t do one of these three things, someone could still play on your account or mess up your save files, etc.

    You can sign out or put your PS4 into rest mode from the menu that pops up when you hold the PlayStation button on your controller. Either select Log Out of PS4 or Enter Rest Mode from this menu. Alternatively, you can press the physical power button on your console.

    You’ll also be signed out automatically if your PS4 goes into sleep mode automatically, making the next person who turns on the console need to enter your passcode to play. Adjust the delay before it automatically sleeps from Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Time Until PS4 Turns Off. The default is one hour if playing a game or on the Home screen, or four hours if it’s playing media like Netflix.

    What do you think? Plan on setting up passwords and restricting guest access? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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    Restrict use of features on your PS4™ system. Select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions].

    • These settings apply to all users on your PS4™ system.
    • To prevent others from changing the settings, change the system restriction passcode.

    New User Creation and Guest Login

    Allow only existing users to log in to your PS4™ system. Use this setting to prevent your children from creating and logging in as unrestricted users without permission.

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    Default Parental Controls

    Change the default parental control settings. These settings apply to new users or guests who use the system without signing in to PlayStation™Network.

    You can set parental controls for individual users. For details, see “About restrictions”.

    Temporarily Disable PS4 System Restrictions

    Select the checkbox to temporarily disable all parental control restrictions for all users, without having to sign in to PlayStation™Network. The restrictions are restored when you clear the checkbox, turn off your system, or put your system in rest mode.

    Change System Restriction Passcode

    Change the system restriction passcode.

    If you forget your system restriction passcode, you must initialize the PS4™ system. Be careful with your passcode. Don’t forget it, and make sure others don’t obtain it.

    Security in today’s climate is a very sensitive topic and we are extremely vulnerable to having our privacy encroached on.

    For example, suppose you are playing a game like “Dark Souls” and you are stuck on a level or a boss battle, but someone else takes the controller while you’re not around and progresses through it with ease. While some people would be indifferent to this, others might be annoyed and want to find more ways to secure their privacy.

    Maybe you are a parent looking to limit the usage of your child’s gaming intake; luckily, the PlayStation 4 gaming console offers a feature for you to add additional security measures onto your console to prevent certain people from playing the console.

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    How to put a password on your PS4

    1. Boot up your PlayStation 4 gaming console.

    2. Scroll up on your PS4 home screen and head to “Settings.”

    3. Scroll down and then click on “Login Settings.”

    4. Once the next page loads, select “Login Passcode Management.”

    5. If this is your first time entering a password, a 4-digit text-box will appear. Enter a 4-digit pin number by inputting various buttons on your DualShock 4 controller.

    Once you confirm your passcode, your PS4 will be password protected. Should you wish to remove your password, or change your password to something else, follow the first four steps above, and on the new page either select “Change login passcode” or “Delete login passcode.”

    Want to prevent your kids from accessing inappropriate content? It’s relatively simple thanks to Sony’s advanced parental controls.

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    Dan Graziano is an associate editor for CNET. His work has appeared on BGR, Fox News, Fox Business, and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t tinkering with the latest gadgets and gizmos, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

    Picking up a PlayStation 4? You won’t be disappointed; Sony’s latest console has a great lineup of launch titles . Games like Killzone Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and many others, will ensure that you’re entertained for hours.

    Some of these games, however, may not be appropriate for young kids. To make things easier for parents, Sony has included numerous parental controls that can prevent kids from accessing certain content, features, and games.

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    From the PlayStation 4’s main menu, hit the up arrow and scroll over to the system settings. Next, select Parental Controls and click on the “Restrict Use of PS4 Features” option. The parental options include the ability to restrict access to certain games, Blu-ray movies, DVDs, and the Web browser. The system can also be configured to prevent other accounts from logging in.

    To restrict access to certain games, open the Application tab and set a level between 1 and 11. The lower you set the level, the tighter the restriction will be. For example, a level 1 rating prevented us from playing all games, even Knack, which is rated Everyone and contains some cartoon violence.

    You should play around with the settings and find the one that’s right for you and your family. A middle level should suit you well, depending on the age of your kids.

    Blu-ray movies and DVDs can be restricted using the same level as games, and the Web browser can be disabled by clicking on the Internet Browser tab. Meanwhile, the User Accounts option will allow you to prevent others from creating new accounts and logging in to the system.

    The passcode on the PlayStation 4 is set to 0-0-0-0 by default. I highly recommend you change it. The passcode can be changed by clicking on the “Change Passcode” option in the Parental Control settings, followed by entering your old code and creating a new one.

    Parents can also create subaccounts that will have the restrictions they’ve created set by default. This can be done by going to Settings, clicking on Parental Controls, and selecting Sub Account Management.

    Use these settings to help make gaming safer for kids.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Even though Sony released its latest and greatest PlayStation 5 game console in 2020, it remains hard to find in 2021 — and it’s pretty pricey. So for families looking to play the console’s exclusive games and experience its virtual reality capabilities, the PS4 is still a top pick. But those cool features, as well as the device’s capability to play movies, do multiplayer, and browse the internet also mean you may want to set some limits on what kids can do and how much time (and money) they can spend on the console. (Learn more about using parental controls.)

    Fortunately, the PS4 includes parental controls. To enable them, you have to first create a Family account and designate yourself as the Family Manager. Then you create “sub” accounts (kids’ accounts) under yours. You can set any of these controls on the console, in the browser, or in the PS4 app, which you can download from the app store. Here’s a quick guide to setting key parental control features on the PS4.

    Though it’s free to set up a PlayStation account, you’ll need to put in your payment information so Sony can verify that you’re an adult. Sony adds a charge of 50 cents, but credits that amount to your wallet.

    Time Limits

    How to set time limits on the PlayStation 4 using the console

    The PS4 allows you to create unique settings for each player. Make sure you set a System Restriction Passcode to prevent your kids from changing your settings.

    1. On your PS4 system, go to Settings > Parental Controls /Family Management > Family Management and select your kid’s account.
    2. Input your local time zone and then select Play Time settings.
    3. Go to Restrict Play Time and select Restrict.
    4. Move to the next section, Duration and Playable Hours. You can limit screen time by day of the week, duration, and end time.
    5. Next, move to When Play Time Ends. You can decide to notify your kids that their time is up, or log the machine off when the clock runs out. (Notify Only allows them to keep playing but sends a message every five minutes. If you select Log Out, it prevents them from saving their game.)
    6. Once you have set your restrictions, select Save to apply the changes.

    How to set time limits on the PlayStation using the browser

    You can change the amount of play time here too.

    1. Sign in to Account Management.
    2. Select Family Management and click your kid’s account.
    3. Next to Play Time settings, click Edit.
    4. Select Restrict.
    5. Move to the next section, When Play Time Ends, and click the right arrow. You can decide to notify your kids that their time is up or log the machine off when the clock runs out. (Notify Only allows them to keep playing but sends a message every five minutes. If you select Log Out, it prevents them from saving their game.)
    6. Move to the next section, Duration and Playable Hours. You can limit screen time by day of the week, duration, and end time.
    7. Save your settings.

    How to set time limits on the PlayStation 4 using the app

    Make sure you’ve connected your device to the app.

    1. Sign into the PlayStation app on your mobile device, and go to the Settings screen by tapping on the gear icon next to your profile.
    2. Scroll down and tap Family Management, and then tap your kid’s account name. Tap the Edit box next to Play Time settings.
    3. Under Restrict Play Time, select Restrict.
    4. Next, tap the right arrow next to When Play Time Ends. You can decide to notify your kids that their time is up or log the machine off when the clock runs out. (Notify Only allows them to keep playing but sends a message every five minutes. If you select Log Out, it prevents them from saving their game. Tap OK.)
    5. Move to the next section, Duration and Playable Hours. You can limit screen time by day of the week, duration, and end time.
    6. Tap Save to apply the settings.

    Chat

    How to turn off chat on the PlayStation 4 using the console

    1. Go to Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > Family Management. (You may need to enter your account password.)
    2. Select your kid’s account, and then select Applications/Devices/Network Features.
    3. Under Network Features, you can choose whether to allow your kid to communicate with other players on PSN or view content created by other players.
    4. Save your settings.

    How to turn off chat on the PlayStation 4 using the browser

    1. Sign in to Account Management.
    2. Select Family Management and click your kid’s account.
    3. Under Network Features, click the Edit button next to Communication and User-Generated Content and choose Restrict. Save your settings.
    4. Sign into the PlayStation app on your mobile device and go to the Settings screen by tapping on the gear icon next to your profile.
    5. Scroll down and tap Family Management and then tap your kid’s account name.
    6. Scroll down to the Network features section and tap the Edit box next to Communication and User-Generated Content.
    7. Select Restrict and tap Save.

    Mature Content

    How to limit mature content on the PlayStation 4 using the console

    You can turn off internet browsing entirely or use Sony’s subscription-based web-filtering service.

    1. Go to Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > Family Management. You may need to enter your account password.
    2. Select your kid’s account, and then select Applications/Devices/Network Features and select the content you would like to restrict.
    3. Scroll down to Use of Internet Browser and select “allowed” or “not allowed.”
    4. Save your settings.

    How to limit mature content on the PlayStation 4 using the browser

    1. Sign in to Account Management.
    2. Select Family Management and click your kid’s account.
    3. In the section Applications and Devices click the Edit box next toAge Level for PS4 and PS3 Games
    4. Use the drop-down to set the maturity level (1-11, 1 being the youngest) of the games and apps your kid can play.
    5. Click Save.
    6. Go back to the Family Management screen and scroll to the Network Features section.
    7. Check the Edit box next to Age Filtering for Online Content and then choose Restrict. Save your setting.

    You can also turn off the ability for your kid to browse the Web on their PS4. Go to the Applications and Devices section on the Family Management screen.

  • Click the Edit box next to Web Browsing and select Restrict. Save your setting.
  • Learn how to set up parental controls and limit your child’s use of games, apps, and features on your PlayStation®5 console.

    Parental controls and spending limits work alongside family management and play time controls to help you manage your child’s activity on your PS5 console and on PlayStation™Network (PSN).

    To set parental controls, you’ll need your own account for PlayStation Network and an account for each child. If you set up the child accounts, you’ll automatically become the family manager. If someone else sets up the child accounts, they can appoint you as a “guardian” to enable you to set parental controls and spending limits.

    When setting parental controls, remember to adjust the system settings to prevent children from changing parental controls.

    How to set parental controls for PS5™ consoles

    You can set parental controls from a web browser or on your PlayStation console:

    Sign in to Account Management > Family Management.

    Select the child account you want to set restrictions for and select Edit to adjust each feature.

    1. Go to Settings >Family and Parental Controls >Family Management >Parental Controls, and select the child account you want to restrict.
    2. Family Management allows you to schedule your child’s play time, reset the password for their account, and more. Select Parental Controls to choose a preset parental control level for your child, or create custom parental controls by adjusting each setting individually.

    To make sure parental controls are effectively applied to your child’s play, check the following.

    • Your child has completed email verification.
    • Your child is signed in to PSN on their consoles.

    If you change parental controls settings while your child is playing a game, have your child log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.

    How to make an exception for a game on a PS5 console

    If your child tries to start a restricted game, the game will be blocked, and a screen appears. From here, your child can send a request for you to make an exception for the game. After they send a request, you, as the family manager, and appointed parents or guardians will receive a notification as well as an email.

    As the family manager, or an appointed parent or guardian, you can allow the received request in the following ways:

    You’ll receive your child’s request in an email. As the family manager or an appointed parent or guardian, visit the website specified in the email and sign in to your account. Select your child from the list of family members, and then select Allowed Games to view their request. You can also view your child’s request from the website below.

    After you log in as the family manager or an appointed parent or guardian, press the PS button to go to the control center and then select Notifications. Select your child’s request, and then select Go to [Allowed Games].

    You can also manage your child’s request by going to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > Family Management, selecting your child, and then going to Allowed Games.

    • When you want to allow communication features, follow the same directions as when you’re allowing games. Exceptions for games and communication features must be requested separately.
    • Even if you change the parental control restriction level, your child can continue playing games that were allowed.

    How to restrict communication and user-generated content on PS5 consoles

    When you select the parental control setting Communication and User-Generated Content > Restrict, the following are disabled:

    • Sending text messages and voice chatting with other players.
      Sending pre-written messages in game is allowed.
    • Sharing user-generated content created by the child.
    • Seeing another player’s user-generated content.

    You can prevent content not suitable for your child’s age from being seen, as well as prevent information being exchanged with others. The user-generated content that can be blocked includes the following:

    • Screenshots.
    • Video clips (gameplay video).
    • Gameplay broadcasts.
    • Another player’s user-generated content in game.
    • Another player’s personal description on their profile.

    How to set a monthly spending limit on PS5 consoles

    As the family manager, or an appointed parent or guardian, you can decide how much your child is allowed to spend each month. By default, the monthly spending limit is set to 0. If your child is going to buy content on their account, be sure to change this setting.

    Please note, if you’re a “guardian” but not the family manager, let the family manager know if you make any changes to spending limits. If you’re the family manager, be aware that anyone you appoint as guardian can change the spending limits you’ve created.

    PlayStation 5 console parental controls

    Family Management and Parental controls on a PS5 console allow you to restrict child account access to network features, applications, and devices:

    Using parental controls, you can restrict children from using the Internet browser and playing games or videos on discs that have a rating. Select a user from (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management], and then choose restrictions you want to apply to that user.

    You can also set restrictions for users other than family members who have never signed in to PlayStation™Network.

    Age level for games

    The combination of the parental control level you set for each child on your PS4™ system and the parental control level for the game limits what games can be played.
    For example, if you want to restrict use of a game with a parental control level of “4”, set your PS4™ system’s parental control level one number lower to “3”. Setting the parental control level on your PS4™ system to “3” prohibits users from playing any games with a level of “4” or higher.

    Checking parental control levels of games

    Games on discs are sold in packaging that is labeled with rating level information. For games you buy and download from PlayStation™Store, see the game’s detail page for rating level information. To understand how game rating levels correspond to parental control levels, see the table below.
    To view the parental control level for a game on screen, select the game in the content area, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Information]. When a game has age restrictions, the parental control level will appear in the [Parental Control] field.

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    There’s nothing wrong with your kids playing games on the PlayStation 4, but as a responsible parent, you would want to restrict certain features that may not be suited for their age.

    PS4 Parental Controls

    The PS4 gives users full command of the system’s accessibility, and allows them to tweak it and create sub-accounts meant for parental control.

    Master Account and Password
    To get the best out of the PS4’s parental control, you should make sure that the adult has a Master Account. This account will have administrative privileges and the necessary authority to implement the desired control.

    Once you have created and logged into your Master Account, you can set up a password. There are two ways to do that:

    Master Account Passcode:
    This passcode will prevent others from logging into your account and making changes to any of the settings of the parental control or viewing unauthorized content. Go to [Settings] > [Login Settings] > [Passcode Management] for this.

    Parental Control Passcode:
    This will be a 4-digit pass code that only restricts the parental control options. By default, the code is 0000. It is recommended that you change it to something else. To do this, head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Change Passcode]. Note that this passcode can only be reset in Safe Mode if it is forgotten.

    Sub Accounts:
    If you haven’t already set up a sub-account for your Master Account, you should do so. Go to [Parental Controls] > [Sub Account Management] > [Create New Sub Account] to create one.

    All your selected restrictions and parental control settings will be imposed on this Sub Account.

    Restrict Games Based on Ratings
    All PlayStation 4 games have a formal rating given by a specific authorized rating company based on your location. If you want, you can utilize the age-specific rating and restrict access to games for your children according to age.

    To change the parental control level for games and applications, you will need to log into the Sub Account. From the PS4’s Homescreen, press Up on the D-pad to get to the Function area.

    Head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Application] and choose the level of control you wish to impose.

    If you wish to find out the Parental Control level of a game or application, highlight it in the content area, press the Options button, and then select [Information]. If an application or content has restrictions, the parental control level appears in the [Parental Control] field.

    Restricting Blu-Ray Movies and DVDs
    You can also restrict the viewing of Blu-Ray Movies according to their rating. Login to the Sub Account to make the changes. Press Up on the D-pad to get to the Function area from the PS4 Homescreen.

    Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Blu-Ray Disc].

    For DVDs, follow the same procedure, but head to [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [DVD] instead.

    Block Internet Sites
    The PS4 has its own internet browser. You can block certain objectionable websites if you wish. To do that, you need to be logged into the Sub Account. On the PS4 Homescreen, navigate to the Internet Browser by pressing left or right on the D-pad. Press the X Button.

    Press the Options button on the Dual Shock 4 to get to the Browser Options menu. Go to [Settings] > [Web Filter] to impose the restriction.

    Completely Disable Internet Browser
    If you want to, you can completely disable the PS4 Internet Browser altogether. Login to your Sub Account, and press Up on the D-Pad to go to the Function area. Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Internet Browser]. Select the “Do Not Allow” option to disable the browser.

    The icon of the browser will still appear, but the Sub Account will not be able to start it.

    Prevent Non-Registered User Login
    You can prevent guests to login or register as new users. You need to login to your Master Account for this. Press Up on the D-pad to go to the Function area.

    Head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Restrict Use of PS4 Features] > [Select New User and Log In to PS4]. Choose “Do Not Allow” to prevent others from logging in as guests or attempting to register on your PS4.

    Disable Chat Messages
    If you wish to disable Chat Messages for your Sub Account, login to your Master Account and head to the Function area.

    Head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Sub Account Management], choose the Sub Account you need to restrict, and then choose [Parental Controls]. Check under [Chat/Message] and choose [Block] to block all voice, text, and video chat.

    Disable User-Generated Videos and Pictures
    Certain games and applications allow users to upload user-generated media content to be uploaded, which can be viewed by others. You can impose restrictions on this by logging into your Master Account and heading to the Function area.

    Head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Sub Account Management], choose the Sub Account you need to restrict, and choose [Parental Controls]. Choose [Block] under [Content Restriction] to block all such content.

    Limit PlayStation Store Spending
    You can set a cap on the amount of money that can be spent in the PlayStation Store. You can do so by designating the amount of money that can be spent in one calendar month.

    Login to your Master Account, and access the Function area. Head to [Settings] > [Parental Controls] > [Sub Account Management], choose the Sub Account that needs to be restricted, and choose [Parental Controls].

    Under [Monthly Spending Limit], choose the amount in dollars that would serve as the maximum spendable money in a calendar month.

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    What to Know

    • On the PS4, set up a Family Management profile at Settings >Parental Controls/Family Management.
    • Turn on and off: Go to Settings >Parental Controls/Family Management >PS4 Family Restrictions and enter your access code.
    • Adjust the settings for your children. If you lose your passcode, you must reset the PS4 to factory settings.

    This article explains how to set up a PS4 Family Management profile to use the Parental Controls. It includes information on resetting the PS4 to factory settings.

    How to Set Up and Use PS4 Parental Controls

    Gamers of all ages have used the PlayStation 4 for hours of entertainment. However, concerned parents use the PlayStation Parental Controls to prevent their children from watching or playing violent or sexually charged content.

    To take advantage of the PS4’s Parental Control features, you create a Family account and designate yourself as the Family Manager. You need a PSN or PlayStation Network ID to set restrictions.

    From you PS4, select Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management.

    Select Family Management.

    Log in with your PSN ID credentials to set your account as the Family Manager.

    How to Turn PS4 Parental Controls On and Off

    There is no single button that allows Family Managers to turn everything on and off. With parental controls on, you can prevent your kids from logging in as guests or create new user accounts, use a web filter to block harmful websites, set age levels for video games and DVD/Blu-ray discs, and prevent them from using PlayStation VR or browsing the internet using the PS4.

    Select Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management.

    Select PS4 Family Restrictions.

    Enter your four-digit access code.

    If you are setting up parental controls for the first time, the default code will be 0000.

    From here, manipulate the settings discussed above or change your passcode if needed. Select each option to modify your Parental Controls or turn them On or Off.

    With Parental Controls, you can limit mature content, turn off the chat function, and eliminate youngsters’ ability to make purchases. You can also restrict or remove a child’s ability to access the internet via the device, set age-appropriate filters for viewing PlayStation Store content, and limit the amount of playtime for each account.

    How to Turn Off Parental Controls on PS4 Without Passcode

    Should you happen to forget your passcode or if your child happens to change it without your permission, there is one method that will allow you to remove Parental Controls. Unfortunately, this will require that you reset your PS4 back to factory settings.

    Select Settings > Account Management.

    Select Activate as Your Primary PS4 > Deactivate.

    Sign back in with your PSN account after the system resets.

    Select Initialization > Restore Default Settings.

    Make sure not to select Initialize PS4 or the system’s hard drive will be completely erased.

    The Parental Control passcode will be reset to 0000 once the system restore is completed.

    Controls & Settings guide

    The PS4 parental controls allow you to restrict games and apps that have mature content. You can disable the internet browser, customise content displayed in the Store and restrict how your child chats and interact on the PlayStation Network.

    What do I need?

    Access to the PlayStation 4 console, and a PlayStation Network (Master) account in your name that you will use to create a sub-account for your child.

    Restrictions you can apply

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    Watch step by step instructions.

    Step by Step instructions

    Log into the system using you PlayStation Network account and from the Main Menu press up on the d-pad and then right until you have highlighted the “Settings” icon. Press the X button to open “Settings”.

    Within the “Settings” menu scroll down and select “Parental Controls/Family Management”.

    Select “PS4 System Restrictions”. If prompted for a PIN the system default PIN is “0000”.

    Within “PS4” System Restrictions” change the System Restriction Passcode and block the “New User Creation…”, this will stop anyone from creating new users on the console that will not have Parental Restrictions. “Default Parental Controls” will create restrictions on the entire console, if you want restrictions only for your child go to step 5.

    Highlight “Family Management” and press the X button. Then Sign in using your PlayStation Network account. This account is your parent account and we will be creating an account for your child that is linked to your account allowing you to monitor and set restrictions for them.

    Select “Set Up Now”. If you have not verified the email address with your account you will need to do this now. Select “Already Verified” and then “Continue”.

    Select “Create User”. Now enter the details of your child and select “Next”. Finally, select “Accept”.

    You will now be on the “Parental Controls” screen where you can select the maximum age rating of games/DVD’s/Blu-Rays that your child can access, as well as restrictions on PlayStation VR, and use of the Internet Browser. Select “Confirm”.

    If you would like to allow your child to join the PlayStation network select “Allow” (The PlayStation Network is needed to play online games as well as download demos and buy new games from the PlayStation Store).

    You can now place restrictions on your child’s use of the PlayStation Network (There is a separate guide addressing parental controls for the PlayStation Network). Select the restrictions you would like to apply and then select “Confirm”, “OK”, and then on the next screen “Accept”.

    You have now created your child’s sub-account and they will be linked to your account as a family member. You can alter the restrictions placed on your child’s account at any time via your account.

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    Set up ‘Require Password at Checkout’

    Web Browser: turn on ‘Require Password at Checkout’

    Sign in to Account Management > Payment Method.

    Toggle the ‘Require Password at Checkout’ button.
    The password screen appears whenever you make a purchase. You must enter the password you use to sign in.

    Go to Settings > Users and Accounts.

    Select Account > Payment and Subscriptions > Purchase Settings > Require Password at Checkout.
    The password screen appears whenever you make a purchase. You must enter the password you use to sign in.

    Go to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Wallet > Purchase Settings and enter your sign-in information.

    Select Require Password at Checkout.
    The password screen appears whenever you make a purchase. You must enter the password you use to sign in.

    Why enable ‘Require Password at Checkout’?

    Activating ‘Require Password at Checkout’ adds an extra layer of security to prevent others from making PlayStation Store purchases from your account. Please note:

    The setting applies to all devices used to access PlayStation Store.

    If you have children, do not let them use your account and log out from your PlayStation® console after each use. Create separate accounts for each child to manage whether they can purchase from PlayStation Store and how much they can spend through Family Management settings.

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    Sounds to me like that person remotely accessed his PSN account and changed his passcode. Probably removed that PS4 as his primary one too since you now have locks appearing.

    Sounds like you might as well delete the user along with the games unless he’s likely to give you access again – but let’s face facts he has no reason to just hand over his account to you so he probably won’t.

    You got duped, my friend. Same thing happened to me, I tried out my luck with purchasing an account with a game on it via ebay. Worked for 3 months or so, then locked me out.

    Which is strange, how exactly did the other guy do it? He mailed me the account details, I logged in, set as primary, downloaded the game. Then I changed the password for the account just to be safe. Now, if I’ve changed the password, he shouldn’t have access to that account, so how did he lock me out?

    You got duped, my friend. Same thing happened to me, I tried out my luck with purchasing an account with a game on it via ebay. Worked for 3 months or so, then locked me out.

    Which is strange, how exactly did the other guy do it? He mailed me the account details, I logged in, set as primary, downloaded the game. Then I changed the password for the account just to be safe. Now, if I’ve changed the password, he shouldn’t have access to that account, so how did he lock me out?

    He probably did a password recovery, since it’s his account and he has access to the email account that’s tied to it.

    You got duped, my friend. Same thing happened to me, I tried out my luck with purchasing an account with a game on it via ebay. Worked for 3 months or so, then locked me out.

    Which is strange, how exactly did the other guy do it? He mailed me the account details, I logged in, set as primary, downloaded the game. Then I changed the password for the account just to be safe. Now, if I’ve changed the password, he shouldn’t have access to that account, so how did he lock me out?

    He probably did a password recovery, since it’s his account and he has access to the email account that’s tied to it.

    Now that you say it, yeah, probably. Anything else I could have done to prevent it?

    Purchase the game instead of the account next time.

    Well, yes, of course, I learned my lesson with that one, but I had to try it out at least once.

    You got duped, my friend. Same thing happened to me, I tried out my luck with purchasing an account with a game on it via ebay. Worked for 3 months or so, then locked me out.

    Which is strange, how exactly did the other guy do it? He mailed me the account details, I logged in, set as primary, downloaded the game. Then I changed the password for the account just to be safe. Now, if I’ve changed the password, he shouldn’t have access to that account, so how did he lock me out?

    He probably did a password recovery, since it’s his account and he has access to the email account that’s tied to it.

    Now that you say it, yeah, probably. Anything else I could have done to prevent it?

    Honestly I’m not sure what you can do on PS4 really. The one system primary thing rules out the stuff I knew you could do on PS3. I think about the best you could do on PS4 would be to just keep trading off primary system activations and hope that it locks out for however long on your system? Best bet would just to be to share accounts with a trustworthy friend, so you can just split the cost of digital games if you want to try something in the future.

    “Help, my account got stolen” is a common problem Sony deal with every day. Problem is it’s open to abuse like this – he used those games to sweeten the deal and get you to buy HIS console instead of another, then remotely locked you out.

    Safest thing to do if you buy a PS4 in thosr circumstances is just leave it offline all the time. Not exactly ideal, but if you can’t play any of the games offline then he’s up to something, and if you’re offline your PS4 will forever be blissfully unaware of anything he does remotely.

    As it stands, you might as well factory reset to ensure you clean out all the junk and can use the full capacity of the system for yourself.

    O well, thanks guys for responses. Thumbs up. 🙂

    Patrick Allan

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    The PlayStation 4 just released a firmware update (5.50) that brought a ton of great features, such as comprehensive parental controls. Here’s how you can set age restrictions for certain types of games and movies, set spending limits in the PlayStation Store, and regulate game time each day using the new Family Management feature.

    You’ll need to have your own PlayStation user ID so you can be the “Family Manager” or admin of the system. You can learn how to do that here if you don’t already have one. Then, you’ll turn on the PS4 and head to:

    1. Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > Family Management.
    2. You’ll be asked to enter a passcode (it’s “0000” if you haven’t changed it before).
    3. Then you’ll need to sign into your PSN account if your PlayStation user ID is attached to one.
    4. After that, select “Set Up Now”, verify your PSN email (if you have a PSN account), then select a user you’d like to add to your family. For example, if your kid’s username is “SuperBrent”, you’d select that one. Or, if they don’t have a user ID yet, you can create one here.
    5. Enter their name and birthdate, then select confirm.

    Once you’ve done that, you can:

    • Set the age level for games: Choose from level one (up to age three) to level 11 (age 17 or older). Level 10 and up can play all ESRB rated games, including Mature and Adults Only titles. Level nine can only play up to Mature rated games, level eight can only play up to Teen rated games, and so on. You can also choose “Allowed”, which makes all game types playable.
    • Set the age level for Blu-rays and DVDs: For Blu-rays, the lower you set the age, the tighter the control and more restrictions. For DVDs, the lower the level, the tighter control and more restrictions. You might have to play around with these to figure out the right age and level for your children.
    • Decide whether they can use PlayStation VR or not: Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed”.
    • Decide if they can use the internet browser: Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed”.

    After that, you’ll be asked if the user can join the PlayStation Network and play games online (you’ll be offered more control options if you allow this). Have a discussion with your child about the games they play. Some games require access to the PlayStation Network to make all features available.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

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    If you do allow your child’s user ID to access the PlayStation Network, you need to decide if they can:

    • Communicate with other players: This includes voice chatting and text messaging with other players and friends on PlayStation Network. Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed”.
    • View content created by other players: This includes videos, images and text created and shared by other players on PlayStation Network. Usually, it consists of video streams, game clips, screenshots and other gameplay-focused sharing. Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed”.

    And then set limits for content and spending, such as:

    • Age filtering for online content: Make it so users can’t access online game features that feature content outside of your set age level (this is on by default). Also changes what they can see in the PlayStation Store.
    • Monthly spending limit: Set a spending cap for the user in the PlayStation Store. This includes buying games, game add-ons or DLC, and loot boxes.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    You’ll then be asked to set a time zone for your family. Select the best option for your family, leave “Adjust Daylight Saving Automatically” checked if appropriate, then select “Confirm”. Once that’s set, you can create play time restrictions for your family member. Here’s how:

    1. Decide if you want to restrict time or not: Choose “Do Not Restrict” or “Restrict”.
    2. Choose what happens when time runs out: You can either have the PS4 notify the user that their play time has run out (sends them an on-screen message every five minutes), or have the PS4 log them out of the system when time is up (they will be warned so they can save their games or say their goodbyes to friends).
    3. With that, you need to decide how much time they can play. With these settings you can create whatever play schedule you like. For example, you can set it so they get one hour of game time every day, up until 9:00PM. Or you can set different rules for different days of the week. You could have weekdays set for one hour of playtime a day, then grant them two or three hours on weekends. Find a playtime schedule that works for you and your child.

    You’ll then be asked to agree to a few more things (ToS and whatnot), have to sign into PlayStation Network one more time (if you have a PSN account), and that’s it! You’ll see a Family Management dashboard screen with your PSN ID at the top, listed as the “Family Manager”. Below that, you’ll see your newly added family member, along with how much time they have played today (something you can check up on later if you’re worried they’re going over agreed upon limits).

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    How To Boost Your Console’s Security

    No matter what your console is, you can add passcode, verification methods and two-factor authentication options and do it either through your web browser or on the console itself. Sorry, but you’re out of excuses of why you haven’t secured your account from people looking to steal your personal information.

    If you want to make changes to your family members, simply select their profile from this screen and adjust whatever you like. If you want to add another family member and repeat the process, just choose “Add Family Member” at the bottom of the list and start the process all over again. Now you can rest easy knowing your child isn’t playing what they shouldn’t when they shouldn’t.

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    Over the weekend Reddit users started reporting that some PlayStation 4 players were receiving messages that bricked their consoles, forcing a factory reset to return the console to working condition. To avoid facing this fate on your own console and losing your precious PlayStation data, here are some steps to make sure your console and account are secure and protected.

    Set Your Messages To Private

    To avoid the message crashing problem that’s cropped up in the last few days, the easy fix is to turn your messages to private, meaning non-friends can’t send you potentially malicious messages. It’s important to know that users affected by this issue didn’t have to open the messages in question for their systems to crash, it happened when the messages arrived in their inboxes. Avoid any risk by closing off your inbox to people who mean you harm.

    Don’t Accept Friends You Don’t Know

    That being said, closing down your inbox isn’t going to do much if you accept any Tom, Dick or Harry (emphasis on the middle) as a friend. Make sure you vet the accounts you add, and don’t accept anyone who isn’t someone you already know, or someone you’ve met and played with in game.

    Turn On 2FA

    Worried about someone else getting access to your PSN account? You can now turn on two factor authentication for your PlayStation account to make sure your account can’t be accessed without a code from your mobile phone.

    Turn On Passcodes For Your PS4 Account

    As a default, anyone who has physical access to your PlayStation can just boot it up, log into your profile and start playing (as well as creating new accounts, managing users and all that jazz). But if you live with people you don’t trust or just don’t want in your account, you can require a passcode to log in. Find this option under “Users” in settings, then select “Login Settings” and “Passcode Management”. Note that this has to be turned on for each user, not just for the console.

    You can also restrict guest access to the console with the parental access features – go into Parental Controls, choose Restrict Use of PS4 Features and then set ‘Select [New User] and Log in to PS4’ to ‘Do Not Allow’. Now you’ll need a parental pin code to create a new user from the main screen. If you haven’t set a parental lock code yet, the default code will be 0000.

    Turn On Purchase Verification

    You can also turn on an extra level of protection for your purchases if you’re worried about dodgy roommates, kids or hackers buying things on your account, with a setting that requires a password for every purchase. This will apply across every device that your account is logged into.

    Find out how to turn this setting on over at the PlayStation website.

    If you share your account with kids, also check out the various parental controls you can add to your console, whether it’s a hard monthly spending limit for the store or controls for online content.

    Open Your PS4 In Safe Mode

    Booting in Safe Mode can help troubleshoot and fix errors in your console. Safe Mode brings up a number of options that can solve some of the common problems that afflict the console. This article on the PS4 help site will take you through all the Safe Mode options and what

    Make sure you back up your data before you try out Safe Mode, as it can potentially wipe your console!

    Get A Dust Cover

    Moving on to the physical problems your console might face, dust is one thing that can wreak havoc on your PS4. Getting a dust cover can protect your console, and save you from having to clean dust out of all the PS4’s little fiddly bits.

    Check out this handy dust cover on Amazon for just $14.99, with models for the original PS4, the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro.

    Protect Your PS4 From Overheating

    One thing that can brick your console like nothing else is overheating, which is only going to be more of a problem as we head into summer. If you haven’t been using a dust cover, dust can be one of the main causes of overheating. It’s worth investing in a compressed air duster can to periodically clean your PS4 (and other tech) from dust.

    Make sure your PS4 is kept in a place where it can intake enough air to keep it cool – for this it’s better to store it horizontally than vertically – and to make sure there’s enough space behind the console for good airflow. If you have to store it vertically, consider investing in a cooling stand that will help your PS4’s airflow.

    Use A Surge Protector

    If you’re not already using a surge protector or surge-protected powerboard with your PS4, it’s time to change that. As a device that stores a lot of your important and hard-won data, you don’t want a stray power surge from a lightning storm or a neighbour’s Christmas lights to fritz it. Check out Amazon’s range of surge protectors and power boards here.

    The PlayStation 4 just released a firmware update (5.50) that brought a ton of great features, like comprehensive parental controls . Here’s how you can set age restrictions for certain types of games and movies, set spending limits in the PlayStation Store, and regulate game time each day using the new Family Management feature.

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    You’ll need to have your own PlayStation user ID so you can be the “Family Manager” or admin of the system. You can learn how to do that here if you don’t already have one. Then, you’ll turn on the PS4 and head to:

    1. Settings > Parental Controls/Family Management > Family Management.
    2. You’ll be asked to enter a passcode (it’s “0000” if you haven’t changed it before).
    3. Then you’ll need to sign into your PSN account if your PlayStation user ID is attached to one.
    4. After that, select “Set Up Now,” verify your PSN email (if you have a PSN account), then select a user you’d like to add to your family. For example, if your kid’s username is “SuperBrent,” you’d select that one. Or, if they don’t have a user ID yet, you can create one here.
    5. Enter their name and birthdate, then select confirm.

    Once you’ve done that, you can:

    • Set the age level for games: Choose from levels 1 (up to age 3) to level 11 (age 17 or older). Level 10 and up can play all ESRB rated games , including Mature and Adults Only titles. Level 9 can only play up to Mature rated games. Level 8 can only play up to Teen rated games; etc. You can also choose “Allowed,” which makes all game types playable.
    • Set the age level for Blu-rays and DVDs: For Blu-rays, the lower you set the age, the tighter the control and more restrictions. For DVDs, the lower the level, the tighter control and more restrictions. You might have to play around with these to figure out the right age and level for your children.
    • Decide whether they can use PlayStation VR or not: Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed.”
    • Decide if they can use the Internet Browser: Choose between “Allowed” or “Not Allowed.”

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    After that, you’ll be asked if the user can join the PlayStation Network and play games online (you’ll be offered more control options if you allow this). Have a discussion with your child about the games they play. Some games require access to the PlayStation Network to make all features available.

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    Parental Controls is one of the most important features that adults commonly use when they have kids who play on the gaming consoles at home. As the feature sets boundaries and limitations, it is best to block kids from changing Parental Control on PS4. In this guide, we will provide different ways to prevent your children from accessing the said settings.

    How to Block Kids from changing Parental Control on PS4

    As some kids have a tendency to access the Parental Control settings to adjust restrictions being set for them on the Playstation 4, it is highly recommended to activate the methods given below. These three different methods will secure the Parental Control Settings and block kids from making adjustments.

    Create a System Restriction Passcode

    To prevent kids from changing the set Parental Controls, parents can set a system restriction passcode on the Playstation 4 console. When enabled, no one can access the settings without their knowledge and permission. Ensure to create a code that is hard to guess by anyone but you can easily remember. Below are the steps on how to activate the feature:

    1. Access Settings on your PS4 console.
    2. Select Parental Controls/Family Management.
    3. Select PS4 System Restrictions.
    4. Enter the default passcode: 0000.
    5. Choose Change System Restriction Passcode.
    6. Enter the new four-digit code that you have created.
    7. Re-enter the new code to confirm the changes.

    Add a Login Passcode on Every Accounts

    Parents can also set a login passcode on accounts available on the gaming console. The login passcode when enabled will prevent kids from using other accounts that don’t have PS4 system restrictions.

    1. Go to Settings from the Main Menu.
    2. Select Login Settings.
    3. Select Login Passcode Management.
    4. Create a four-digit code which will serve as your Login Passcode.
    5. Enter the passcode again to confirm.

    Restrict New User Creation and Guest Login on PS4

    Aside from setting up passcodes on the account as mentioned above, you can also disable the creation of new users feature on the console. This is to ensure that your kids will not create a new account or use a guest login that doesn’t have any set parental controls. To be able to do this, you need to login as the family manager on the account. The Family Manager is the one who sets up a Family account on your Playstation.

    1. Go to Settings.
    2. Select Parental Controls/Family Management option.
    3. Select PS4 System Restrictions.
    4. Choose New User Creation and Guest Login.
    5. Select Not Allowed.

    Once you have completed these steps, your kid can only use the account assigned for them to play.

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    As a parent or guardian, you can use parental controls to restrict access to certain content or features for children using your PS4™ system.
    To set parental controls, you’ll need an adult account and to set up a family. Follow the instructions below.

    Creating an adult account

    Parents or guardians who already have an account

    Parents or guardians who don’t have an account

    First, you need to create an adult account. After you create an account, a message appears asking if you want to set up a family. Select [Set Up Now], and then proceed to step 3 of “Adding a child to your family”.

    • For details on creating accounts, see “Sign In to PlayStation Network”.
    • An adult user who sets up a family is the family manager. The family manager can add and remove family members. For details on families, see “Family Management”.

    Adding a child to your family

    As the family manager, you can add children to your family.

    1. Select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management], and then follow the on-screen instructions to enter your sign-in information. 2. Select [Add Family Member]. 3. Select [Create User], and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    You can set restrictions for individual children on the parental controls screen. For details, see “Setting parental controls”.
    When you add your children as family members, they’re added to the list of users on your PS4™ system.

    • A child who has permission to join PlayStation™Network can finish account creation on their own after logging in to the PS4™ system.
    • To view or change parental control settings later, or to add more family members, select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].

    Setting parental controls

    Parental controls include settings for your PS4™ system and settings for individual children.
    PS4™ system settings apply to all users who log in to your PS4™ system. For details, see “PS4 System Restrictions”.
    Parental controls for individual children can be set when you add a child as a family member. For details on available settings, see the following.

    • You can manage parental controls from (PlayStation App) or by visiting the website below using your PC or smartphone.
      https://www.playstation.com/acct/family
    • Settings available vary depending on the country or region, or the status of your child’s account. For details, visit the customer support website for your country or region.

    Additional restrictions

    The following settings are recommended when you and your family use the PS4™ system.

    Block Other Family Members from Logging in as You

    To prevent children from logging in to the PS4™ system using a parent or guardian’s account, set a login passcode. Log in to the account you want to set a login passcode for, and then select (Settings) > [Login Settings] > [Login Passcode Management].

    Block New User Creation and Guest Logins

    To allow only existing users to log in to your PS4™ system, select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [PS4 System Restrictions] > [New User Creation and Guest Login].

    You can restrict use of communication features such as chat and messaging, and set spending limits for PlayStation™Store. These settings apply to children who have permission to join PlayStation™Network.
    Select a user from (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management], and then choose restrictions you want to apply to that user.

    Restrictions also apply when using some other PlayStation® systems such as a PS Vita system, or when using (PlayStation App) from your smartphone or tablet.

    Make an exception for the use of communication features in a game

    As the family manager or parent/guardian, you can make an exception and allow the use of in-game communication features in a specific game, even if [Communication and User-Generated Content] is set to [Not Allowed].
    If your child sends you a request to use communication features in a game, you can take the following actions to allow or not allow the request.

    What your child needs to do

    If your child tries to use the in-game communication features during a game, a screen displays that lets your child send you a request. If your child follows the instructions on the screen, the family manager or parent/guardian will receive a message.

    What the family manager or parent/guardian needs to do

    You can review your child’s request by visiting the following website from your computer or smartphone. After signing in with your own account, select [Family Management] > [Allowed Games] to allow or not allow the request.
    https://www.playstation.com/acct/family

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    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

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    Did you get a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console for the holidays? Or maybe you got one for your kids? In either case, awesome stuff. You’re in for a world of entertainment, everything from Netflix to the latest video games.

    There’s a wild world of content out there, though, and a lot of it doesn’t quite place nice with youngsters. But never fear: setting up parental controls on your new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is pretty easy. Here’s how.

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    Setting up Parental Controls on your PlayStation 4

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    • Log into your profile. This will be the console’s primary account, where you’ll set content restrictions, store credit card information, and so on. Your kids should have their own account if they’re going to be playing on their own.

    • Under the Settings menu, find Login Settings. Here, you’ll enable a Master Account Passcode that will be required whenever you log into the console’s primary account (your account). Obviously, don’t share this passcode with your kids.

    • You’ll also be able to create a Parental Controls Passcode in this menu, which will be a separate passcode you use to change any parental controls-specific settings after logging into your primary account. Note that the default password is “0000”.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    • Now you can create an account for your child/children or assign their already made accounts as “Sub Accounts.” To do this, go to the Parental Controls menu.

    • Let your child pick their online ID, avatar image, and so on—it’s more fun that way. You’ll also be able to pick monthly spending limits, or toggle the option to block user-generated media. We’d recommend blocking it, to start.

    • Next, log into the sub-account (your child’s account) and go to the Parental Controls menu again.

    • Here, you can set parental control “levels” and restrict the use of whatever features you feel. Here’s a quick-reference guide to the Parental Controls menu. And here’s a very in-depth guide if you need more help.

    Setting up Parental Controls on your Xbox One

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    • Log into your main Xbox account, not an account you’ve made for your child or that they’ve made for themselves. Go to Settings (either in the main menu, or by double-tapping the white glowing guide button in the middle of the controller).

    • In Settings, use “sign-in settings” to create a password for your family’s main/primary account.

    • From here, you” also want to add other Xbox accounts to your “family” under the Add to Family button. You will want to either add your child’s account or make one now to add to your main account’s “family.”

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    • Next, sign in on your child’s account, go to Settings again, and then find the menu called “Privacy & online safety.” Click the option “Use, but customize.”

    • You’ll be able to choose from different tiers of parental control, including pre-sets for child, teen, and adult. If that isn’t granular enough, you can customize options like a game’s ESRB rating, online content, browser availability, etc.

    • Here’s a more in-depth guide to setting up parental controls on the Xbox One if you still have questions.

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    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    The Complete Guide to PS5 Parental Controls

    The gaming systems today are absolutely fantastic pieces of tech. But please never forget that all gaming systems now have the ability to connect to the internet in some way. This is why it is so important to set up the PlayStation 5 parental controls using the guide below.

    Guard your PS5 with Layers

    We believe there are multiple layers that should be in place in order to adequately protect your PS5 device.

    We recommend 3 layers of protection:

      • Layer 1: Guard the location of the device.
      • Layer 2: Love your router (WiFi)!
      • Layer 3: Use Sony’s parental controls.

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    Layer 1: Guard the location of the PlayStation 5.

    Remember, where kids use technology often dictates how they use their technology. We have strong opinions about controlling where kids use their tech. For example, let’s keep all internet-ready devices out of bedrooms at night, where kids take more risks, and sleep is constantly interrupted.

    Layer 2: Love your WiFi (router)!

    Your router is the most important digital hardware in the house! And, it’s often the most ignored. We joke that routers are the social distance champion of technology. But, get this part of your internet safety plan correct! You are responsible for every digital click on your home’s network, so be sure to control the router.

    Popular options for parents are:

        1. Gryphon Advance Security & Parental Controls router. We have really enjoyed the Gryphon. Top-notch set of parental controls. This is the router used by our CEO, Chris, with his four children. It gives you time control, YouTube Restricted Mode, and more. Easy set-up and a parent app that allows you to pause the internet with one touch.
        2. Alternatively, if you love your current router, but simply want to exert more control over it, then we recommend Bark Home. It connects to your router, giving you stronger parental controls over your home’s network. It’s not a router, but connects to your router. Easy-to-use app for you to exert screen time and app control over your kid.

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    Layer 3: Configure PlayStation 5 Parental Controls.

    There’s actually a pretty impressive array of PlayStation 5 parental controls available on the device. Accurate set-up is important. The controls fall into two primary categories:

    • PS5 Console Restrictions (formerly called PS4 System Restrictions) – You can set restrictions on all users on the system controlled with a system restriction passcode.
    • Family Management – This allows you to customize parental controls for each child.

    First, the parent will need to set up their account. The parent becomes the family manager.

    Note: If you already have an account on your PS4 console, you can use the same account for your new PS5. You can have everything from your Playstation®Plus subscription on your PS5 console, while also having them on your PS4. But if you need to create a new account, follow these instructions from the PS5 console:

    1. Go to the home screen and select the profile picture.
    2. Select Switch User -> Add User -> Get Started .
    3. Select Create an Account from the sign-in screen.
    4. Enter the necessary information.
    5. Check your email for a verification message. Follow the instructions in the message you receive to verify your email address.

    For unique situations where maybe the child has set up his/her account first or you want to transfer family management from one adult account to another, follow the instructions at the bottom of this article.

    Second, the parent will add child account(s). This can be done from a web browser or the PS5 console. Both methods are explained on Sony’s own support page and are very easy to follow.

    Third, the parent (family manager) can manage device-wide controls. This is done via the PS5 Console Restrictions option, accessed via: main screen -> Settings (gear in the upper right) -> PS5 Console Restrictions.

    There are 3 very important steps for parents to take here in order to prevent children from changing the parental controls:

    1. Set a System Restrictions passcode. The default is 0000 (4 zeroes). You’ll want to change this.
    2. Set a login passcode. This is at the individual account level. Example – if 10-year-old daughter has different controls set than dad with his account, then we don’t want her using dad’s account.
    3. Disable new user creation and guest access.Similar to Chromebooks where we want to turn off the exact same two settings, this allows us to limit who uses the console to only those people that we’ve authorized.

    Each of these can be set up in PS5 Console Restrictions via the console’s prompts. If you need additional guidance, follow Sony’s article.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

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    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Picture this, you bought a game for your PS4, you were up all night stuck on a level which seemed impossible to solve. You spent the next day thinking about all strategies, only to find out that your flatmate or cousin completed that level for you. This bugs me a lot because it ruins the experience. I create an extra user but that doesn’t guarantee they’d keep away. Thankfully, PlayStation allows you to set a PIN on your account. This would prevent anyone from hijacking my game progress in the future.

    Setting up a passcode on your PS4 is really simple, you just have to follow a few steps to turn the security feature on. You can set up a 4 digit code which uses PS4 controller keys instead of alphabet and numbers. Think of it like a cheat code which we used to have in old retro games, up, up, down, R2 or any combination of keys that you can imagine.

    Put a Password on a PS4 Account

    First, power on your PS4 or PS4 Pro, and login to your account. After booting up the console, press up and scroll to Settings icon from the list of options.

    In the Settings page, Scroll down to Login Settings, open the selection by pressing X.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    You can adjust all the settings related to login and security. Select Login Passcode Management from the list of options. Not only you can set a passcode, but you can also enable face recognition if you have a webcam plugged into the console.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    When entering the login Passcode Management for the first time, Enter a 4 digit passcode using the PS4 controller. You can use the keys mentioned below to create a passcode for your account.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Change Passcode on PS4

    Now, that you’ve created a passcode for the PS4, no one would be able to log in to your account without the passcode. However, if you ever need to change the passcode, you can simply go to login passcode management and change Login Passcode. It’ll show you the following two options: Change Login Passcode and Delete Login Passcode.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Before you can change your passcode, verify the current password by entering in the field that looks like the image below.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    After successful verification, the PS4 screen would prompt you to Set a new Login Passcode. Enter, verify, and you’re done. Your Passcode has been updated.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Remove Passcode on PS4

    Go to Login Passcode Management and select Delete Login Passcode.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Enter the current passcode to verify your identity and to delete the passcode from the System.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    It would show you a warning screen, Press OK and you’ve successfully removed passcode from your account.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Delete Users on PS4

    If you have kids in your house then you may want to keep them from accessing adult content. By default, anyone with a PSN account can log in to your PS4 and play games. Even if you secure your account with a passcode, they can still log in with a new account and play games. You can fix this problem by deleting all the other user accounts and disabling new account creation.

    First, delete all the other accounts from the PS4, go to Settings and select Login Settings.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    In the Login Settings, Scroll down to User Management and press X to open the list of options.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Select your user to delete by Pressing X on your Controller. We’re going to delete all the users which you don’t want associating to your PS4.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    It would prompt you a few times to confirm before erasing all the contents of the user. Confirm all the prompts and now the user has been deleted.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Disable New User Creation and Guest Logins

    After deleting all the users from your console, it’s time to disable new user creation. It would not only prevent them from creating new accounts but also keep them using guest logins. Go to Settings, scroll down to ‘Parental Controls/ Family Management‘ and Press X to open.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Select ‘PS4 System Restrictions‘ from the list of options and Press X to open.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    It would prompt you to enter the passcode before proceeding any further. If you’ve never changed the passcode before, you can enter 0000 by pressing the Square(□) button four times on the controller.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    You’ll see ‘Allowed’ next to ‘New User Creation and Guest Login’.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Press X to open a list of options on the right and select ‘Not Allowed‘. Now no one would be able to create a new user to play games on your PS4.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Secure your PS4

    This was a quick way to set up a passcode on PS4. This is a good practice to have a PIN on your account if you’re worried about other people ruining your Campaign or story. If you have any 18+ games and you don’t want young people paying those games, setting up a passcode can really help. Removing a passcode is just as easy and you can do it in the same window. If you face any problem during setting up the passcode, drop us a comment below.

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    To view and edit information for your account, select (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Account Information].

    • The account information available to you varies depending on the country or region and the type of account. For details, visit the customer support website for your country or region.
    • You can view or edit certain account information from your PC or smartphone using (PlayStation App) or by visiting this website.
      http://account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/

    Upgrade Your Account

    Upgrade a child account to an adult account. When you upgrade, you can experience even more of PlayStation®, free of parental control restrictions.
    This option is available for child accounts when the child reaches a certain age.

    Sign-In ID (Email Address)

    View or change your email address. When you change your email address, an email will be sent to the new email address.

    Security

    Create a password and configure other settings related to account security.

    Password

    Change your password. You’ll need to enter your new password twice for verification.

    Your password must:

    • Not contain your sign-in ID or online ID
    • Contain valid characters only
    • Contain at least eight characters
    • Not contain letters or numbers used three or more times in a row (e.g. 333 or BBB)
    • Include at least two of these character types: letter, number, symbol
    • Not contain three or more sequentially ordered letters or numbers (e.g. 345 or ABC)

    Security Question and Answer

    Specify a personalized security question and answer.

    Mobile Phones

    Register and manage your mobile phone.

    2-Step Verification

    Set up and activate the 2-step verification feature.
    Enter the verification code that is sent to your mobile number to sign in to PlayStation™Network if you’ve set up the 2-step verification feature.
    You can also use compatible authenticator apps. After entering your sign-in ID and password on your PS4 system, you can complete the sign-in process by allowing the app access.
    You can download compatible authenticator apps from Google Play™ or the App Store. We do not guarantee the functionality of all authenticator apps.

    Wallet

    You can use funds in your wallet to purchase content and services in places like PlayStation™Store.

    • This feature is available only for adult accounts.
    • Child accounts do not have a wallet. Children can purchase content and services by using their family manager’s wallet.
    • Funding methods and currency, for example, vary depending on the country or region of residence. Visit the customer support website for your country or region for details.

    Payment Methods

    View and change your payment method and your credit card information.

    Add Funds

    Add funds to your wallet using options such as a credit card or a PlayStation™Network Card.

    Transaction History

    Review your purchase history.

    Purchase Settings

    Choose whether you’d like a password to be required for purchases, and whether you’d like funds to be added to your wallet automatically.
    When you set [Fund Wallet Automatically] to [Yes], funds for your wallet will be automatically drawn from your credit card.

    • Subscriptions are services that you pay for regularly and use for a predetermined period. Depending on the service, when a subscription period expires, another subscription period is automatically purchased.
    • If your credit card information is saved and you purchase certain subscriptions, [Fund Wallet Automatically] is automatically set to [Yes].
    • When there are insufficient funds in your wallet to purchase a subscription, either the remaining balance or the minimum charge amount (whichever is greater) will be charged to the credit card and added to your wallet.

    Profile

    View or change personal information such as your real name, online ID, profile picture, and cover image.

    Address

    View or change your address.

    Language

    Select the language displayed in PlayStation™Store.
    This option is available only for specific countries or regions.

    Subscriptions

    Manage PlayStation®Plus and other subscriptions.

    Services List

    View your services list.

    Communication Preferences

    Configure settings for notifications.

    Personalization Settings

    Choose to allow your data to be used to personalize purchase recommendations and ads on PlayStation™Network.
    This option is available only for specific countries or regions.

    Playstation does offer some parental controls for it’s users however these can easily be bypassed if you don’t take some necessary precautions first. Here are a few steps you can take to keep things secure for your family.

    If screen time is an issue you may also set time limits for specific user accounts as well. This option is called “Play Time” on the Playstation and instructions on how to do this are located at the bottom of this tutorial.

    Instructions Provided By Playstation

    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.

    Set A Login Password

    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.

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

    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.

    1. Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management]. You may need to enter your account password.
    2. 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 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 manage Play Time controls

    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.

    SETTING UP PLAY TIME ON THE PS4

    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.

    SETTING UP PLAY TIME 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

    SETTING UP 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.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    A guide to the family-centric features now available in your PS4.

    How to restrict access to your playstation 4 with a passcode

    Hi everyone. The latest system software update (v5.50) just recently added a new Play Time Management feature for you to keep track of playtime for your kids. This new feature is part of our revamped parental control system that offers a more flexible experience for families on PlayStation 4. We put together a guide of some of the top parental control tips you can take advantage of to make gameplay much more manageable for your little gamers.

    Set Up an Account for Your Child

    First, set up your kids’ account from Family Management. You can either create a new account for your child, or add an existing PSN account to the main family account. All parental control settings can be customized for each child, so restrictions like age rating levels for games can be set separately. You can also keep each family member’s data separate and allow everyone to save their own game progress and settings, and earn their own PSN trophies.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management].
    • Select [Family Management], you will asked to enter your PSN password again.
    • Follow onscreen instructions to add family members.

    Play Time Management

    Managing your kids’ playtime on PS4 is easy with v5.50’s new Play Time Management feature.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management]> [Family Management], or log into your PlayStation account on the web to check and manage your child’s playtime each day.
    • Apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time.
    • Your child will receive notifications during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. You have the option to add extra game time via your smartphone or PC.
    • There’s also an option to automatically log the child out of their account once their playtime is over.

    Setting Age Rating Levels for Games, Blu-Ray and DVD Discs

    You can customize the age rating levels for games, Blu-ray and DVDs to ensure the games your child are playing is age-appropriate. Be sure the check the ESRB rating for each game title.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • Select the user you want to set the age level for, then select [Parental Controls].
    • Scroll down to [Age Level for Games] and press the [X] button.
    • Choose the age rating level you would like to set on this account

    For Blu-Ray and DVD discs:

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • Select the user you want to set the age level for, then select [Parental Controls].
    • Scroll down to [Age Level for Blu-ray Disc and DVD Videos] and press the [X] button.
    • Choose the age rating levels you would like to set for Blu-ray and DVD on this account.

    Set a System Restriction Passcode

    You can add an extra layer of security by setting a System Restriction Passcode on your PS4. This prevents other users from logging into your account to make changes to parental controls, or view unauthorized content.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] .
    • Select [PS4 System Restrictions].
    • You’ll be prompted to enter the default passcode before changing to a new one. The default passcode is “0000.”

    Set a Monthly Spending Limit

    Want to make sure your child is sticking to the family budget? You can set a limit directly on your PS4.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • Select the family member you wish to set a spending limit for.
    • Go to [Parental Controls] > [Monthly Spending Limit], and choose the maximum dollar amount.

    Restrict Access to Network Features

    You can choose whether to allow a child to communicate with other players on PSN, or view content created by other players.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • Select the user you want to set parental controls for, then select [Parental Controls].

    Restrict the Internet Browser

    If you want to keep your kids on the game, and off the Internet, here are the steps below.

    • Go to [Settings] > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • Select the user you want to apply Internet Browser restrictions.
    • Scroll down to ‘Use of Internet Browser’ and press the [X] button.
    • Select ‘Not Allowed’ to restrict this family member from accessing the Internet via the PS4 system’s web browser.