Controls & Settings guide

Nintendo 3DS

Through the use of a Parental Controls PIN you can tailor/restrict Internet Browsing, Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services, Display of 3D images, Sharing Images/Audio/Video, Online Interaction, StreetPass, Friend Registration, and DS Download Play.

What do I need?

A Nintendo account (email address/Password)

Restrictions you can apply

Inappropriate content

Game ratings




Browser access

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Step by Step Instructions


​Open the System Settings software from the HOME Menu.


Select Parental Controls and follow the on-screen instructions.


Choose a PIN code to ensure that your child cannot change your chosen settings. You will be asked to enter the PIN twice to confirm.


Select a secret question and answer in case you forget your PIN. This can used to retrieve access to Parental Controls if you forget your PIN


Register an email address that your child does not have access to. If you forget your PIN and the answer to your secret question, you can request for a master key to be sent to your registered email address.


Select “Parental Controls Settings” once you have completed the PIN set up.


By default, all Parental Control options are enabled. You can individually configure the settings to your needs by selecting the separate topics.


Once you are satisfied with your settings, tap the “Done” button to confirm. You will be taken back to the Parental Controls front screen.

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