The Nintendo Switch is missing a lot of basic features at this point, like streaming services and support for wireless headphones. One app that’s notably absent is an activity log, much to the chagrin of many stats-obsessed gamers. But it turns out there’s a simple workaround that should give gamers at least an idea of how much time they’re spending on their new console.
The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app is designed to keep kids from playing too much, but it also has a useful feature for those without kids. An in-app activity log shows how much gaming time a user spends on their Switch each day.
Under the “Game Time” tab in the app, players can find the games they viewed on a given day and the total time they spent on the hardware. It doesn’t get much more specific than that, however, and there are no filtering options for more granular records.
There is also a monthly summary that will be sent each month, listing the most played games each month and for how long. A glimpse of this is seen in Nintendo’s official – and adorable – instructional video for the app.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U both had logs detailing how many hours gamers spent on their games overall and on a regular basis, which was a fun way to statistically track favorite titles. Without the Parental Controls app, the closest the Switch comes to a native activity log is a record of every game a user has played and when they first played it. It’s… not exactly the same thing, and it won’t satisfy obsessed archivists.
The Parental Controls app isn’t a perfect solution, but if you want to brag to your friends that you’ve already logged over 100 hours of online time breath of the wild, iOS and Android free download is the way to go.