PARENTAL CONTROLS WITHIN FORTNITE
PARENTAL CONTROLS VIA GAMING PLATFORM (INCLUDES PURCHASE CONTROLS)
EPIC GAMES STORE PARENTAL CONTROLS FOR FORTNITE (INCLUDES PURCHASE CONTROLS)
Fortnite offers a range of parental controls to help you manage what a player can see and do in Fortnite. In addition to the controls within Fortnite, you can make adjustments through the Epic Games Store as well as your preferred gaming platform, including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. The parental controls through the Epic Games Store and your preferred gaming platform include the option to restrict purchases.
Parental Controls Within Fortnite
1. Launch Fortnite on your platform of choice.
2. Once in the Lobby, open the menu in the upper-right of the screen.
3. Select “Parental Controls.”
4. You will be asked to confirm the email address linked to the account. If no email address is linked to the account, you’ll be guided to a web browser so that you may link one.
5. Set a unique six-digit PIN. This PIN will be required to change parental controls in the future, so make sure to set a PIN that is different from other PINs that you use and is easy for you to remember.
6. Set the parental controls that you wish to have enabled or disabled.
Can See Mature Language – ON or OFF
Can Accept Friend Requests – ON or OFF
ON: Player receives all friend requests as normal.
OFF: Player cannot receive friend requests. Incoming friend requests will be automatically denied.
Non-Squad Members Can See Your Name – ON or OFF
Can See Non-Squad Member Names – ON or OFF
Voice Chat – ON or OFF
NOTE: This setting only enables/disables Fortnite’s in-game voice chat. The platform you are playing on may have additional communication features that must be restricted separately. Information on platform-specific controls can be found below or by clicking the “More Settings” button in-game.
Houseparty Video Chat in Fortnite – ON or OFF
Fortnite players who use the video chat app Houseparty can link their Houseparty and Epic accounts and have their Houseparty video chat shown alongside their Fortnite game. Houseparty video chat is currently available to Fortnite players on PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4.
NOTE: Because Houseparty is a separate application, this Fortnite parental controls setting does not control any features within the Houseparty app and does not prevent a Houseparty user from joining a room which is being shown in another player’s Fortnite game.
NOTE: This setting cannot be enabled if Voice Chat is disabled through parental controls.
- ON: If they have linked their Houseparty and Epic account, a player can set their Houseparty video chat to show up on the same screen they are playing Fortnite on. While in use, Houseparty friends and friends-of-friends can be seen and heard while playing Fortnite.
- OFF: The player is not able to set their Houseparty video chat to show up on the screen they are playing Fortnite on (this will not affect the player’s ability to use Houseparty outside of Fortnite).
Weekly Playtime Reports – ON or OFF
NOTE: Click on the “More Settings” button in-game to learn about playtime restrictions for your platform.
Text Chat – ON or OFF
NOTE: This setting only enables/disables Fortnite’s in-game text chat. The platform you are playing on may have additional communication features that must be restricted separately. Information on platform-specific controls can be found below or by clicking the “More Settings” button in-game.
Use the SAVE button to save your selections. If you wish to change any of these settings in the future or disable parental controls, you will need to enter your PIN. The email associated with the account will be notified whenever a PIN is changed.
PARENTAL CONTROLS VIA GAMING PLATFORM
The parental controls within Fortnite only apply to the features in Fortnite, regardless of the platform that it’s being played on. This means that if you, for example, turn off voice chat in Fortnite, you may still be able to access voice chat for the game using communication methods outside of it, such as by using the party system built into your console.
If you would like to more broadly restrict access to such features, you can do so at the platform level on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, iOS, and Google Play. This includes restricting access to purchases.
Platforms offer a range of parental controls, including restrictions on:
Communication with other players
Access to multiplayer
Which games can be played and downloaded
What content can be seen and shared
The details that can be seen about other players
Access to web browsing
The use of VR
Links to information on each platform’s specific parental controls and how to set them up are provided below.
Sony’s PlayStation controls include controls over spending limits, social features, and access to games, content, and the internet.
Microsoft’s Xbox controls include restrictions on purchasing, broadcasting gameplay, and access to social features including communication and multiplayer modes.
Learn more about Xbox parental controls.
Nintendo offers controls over features including purchasing, playtime management, content viewing and sharing, and communication on Nintendo Switch.
Learn more about Nintendo Switch parental controls.
With the controls Windows 10 provides, you can set restrictions on activities including purchasing, playtime, access to content, broadcasting, and more.
Learn more about Windows 10 parental controls.
Apple iOS allows you to block or limit specific apps and restrict the settings on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including for purchases and downloads, access to explicit content, and privacy. Please note that iOS purchasing restrictions do not apply to in-game Fortnite purchases made through Epic direct payment. To restrict purchases made through Epic direct payment, use the Epic Games Store parental controls detailed below.
Learn more about iOS parental controls.
Google Play offers controls for restricting mature content, accidental purchases (via password protection), the ability to share apps in a Family Library, and more. Please note that Google Play purchasing restrictions do not apply to in-game Fortnite purchases made through Epic direct payment. To restrict purchases made through Epic direct payment, use the Epic Games Store parental controls detailed below.
Learn more about Google Play parental controls.
What about the Epic Games App on Android?
For Fortnite on the Epic Games App on Android, you can use the in-game Fortnite parental controls to restrict or allow specific types of behavior. In-game purchasing restrictions for Fortnite on the Epic Games App are managed by Epic Games Store parental controls, detailed below.
Epic Games Store Parental Controls for Fortnite
On the Epic Games website, you have access to parental controls for the Epic Games Store. These controls offer you the ability to use a PIN to restrict Epic Games Store purchases (as well as to restrict access to content on the Store based on age ratings). Epic Games Store purchases include in-game Fortnite purchases made through the Epic Games Store (purchases on PC, Mac, the Epic Games App on Android, and iOS and Google Play through Epic direct payment).
NOTE: Purchases made through the Epic Games Store do NOT include in-game Fortnite purchases made through PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store. For info on parental controls for these, please refer to the “Parental Controls via Gaming Platform” section above.
How to Adjust Parental Controls for the Epic Games Store
There are two paths to open the Epic Games account settings to adjust parental controls:
Directly from epicgames.com
Go to epicgames.com.
Log in at the top right.
Hover over your account name.
Select “Account” to go to your account settings.
From the Epic Games Store Launcher on PC/Mac
Open the Epic Games Launcher and log in.
Click on your account name in the bottom-left corner.
Select the Manage Account option. This will open a web browser with your account settings.
Now that you’re in the account settings, scroll down to the Parental Controls section in the General Settings page.
From here, you can set or enter your six-digit PIN.
This PIN will be required to change parental controls in the future, so make sure to set a PIN that is different from other PINs that you use and is easy for you to remember. If you already have a PIN for Fortnite, your PIN # will carry over.
If you forgot your PIN or just want to change it, you can follow the steps in our support article on how to reset your PIN for parental controls.
Epic Games Store parental controls include:
Changing your PIN.
Requiring a PIN for Epic Games Store purchases.
Limiting access to games based on their ESRB, PEGI, or GRAG age rating.
When you’re done setting your options for parental controls, save them before closing the options window. To turn parental controls off, select “Turn Parental Controls Off” in the Parental Controls section of the General Settings page and input your PIN.