As one of the best handheld consoles ever made, and arguably one of the best games consoles you can currently buy, it can be easy to spend a lot of time on your Nintendo Switch. And that’s before you consider how many hours you can put into a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, what with all the shrines to unlock, outfits to find and Korok seeds to uncover. And then you have a game like Super Mario Odyssey that can suck up huge amounts of time, let alone all the multiplayer and indie games that fill up Nintendo’s online store.
With all that in mind, you might be wondering how much time you have actually put into such games. Or if you have a child, you might want to get an idea of how long they spend on their Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite. This is where the automatic logging of game time can come in hand.
Getting hold of that information might not be immediately obvious. So here’s our quick guide to how to check your play times and those of your friends.
1. Go to your profile screen. Located at the top left of the Switch home screen are one or more profile icons. Tap or select the icon for the profile you want.
2. Scroll through your Profile tab to see your hours played. The first tab is for your profile information and on the bottom right will be a listing of Play Activity. The hours are given for each game, but the time count isn’t super specific. You’ll get summaries like “Played for 100 hours or more” and “Played for a little while.” A “little while” seems to mean less than an hour, and the activity log isn’t immediately updated every time you check it.
3. Check your friends’ play times. If you tap on the Friend List tab on the left and select anyone on your list, you’ll get a similar looking Activity Log of games they’ve been playing.
4. Check play time with the Parental Controls app. Play times can also be monitored, down to the minute, with the Parental Controls app. The detailed play times are only shown for the current day, then the app shows a similar breakdown of hours played on a monthly basis.
Read our guide for more information about setting up the Parental Controls app.