How to Turn Off Player Drawings in “Splatoon 2”

Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 logo on pink background

Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 transforms the team-based first-person shooter into a non-violent game that’s suitable for a younger audience. But the game displays drawings (called “posts”) created by other players. Fortunately, you can turn them off in two ways.

What is a player post in Splatoon 2?

Splatoon 2 is an updated version of Splatoon, which was first released for the Wii U in 2015. The Wii U featured a touchscreen with a stylus and encouraged gamers to share designs through a now defunct online service called Miiverse. As a continuation of this idea, Splatoon allowed players to draw images called “posts” and display them to other users.

Splatoon 2 continues this tradition. Players can draw and share messages with others. You’ll see them hovering above the heads of other players as you stroll around Inkopolis Plaza (the main city center in the game).

Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 post example

While many of these posts are beautiful works of art, players can draw anything they want (until they are flagged and removed for offensive content). Sometimes these messages can include messages that you don’t want your kids to see. Even adults might find some of them boring.

Fortunately, there are two ways to turn them off.

How to turn off player posts in the Splatoon 2 options menu

The easiest way to turn off player posts is in-game. First, launch Splatoon 2 on your Switch, then start the game by pressing ZL + ZR. When you see your character and other players in Inkopolis Plaza (the city area), press “X” to open the menu.

Select the “Options” tab, select “Other” from the sidebar, then select “No” next to the “Post view” option.

Set the Splatoon 2 “Post Display” option to “Off”.

You can then exit the menu. You may need to force the game to reload Inkopolis Plaza for the change to take effect. To do this, press the plus sign (+) to view your inventory. Once you exit this menu, the city area will reload and you won’t see any player drawings.

Point: The “Message Display” setting also exists in Splatoon on the Wii U, so this method will work in this game as well.

How to disable player posts in Splatoon 2 via parental controls

Obviously, the in-game solution above isn’t foolproof in preventing your kids from seeing or sharing messages in Splatoon 2. They can simply turn the “Viewing Posts” option back on.

If you want to use a parental control solution and have already registered your Switch with Nintendo Switch Parental control smartphone app, just open this app on your phone or device. Select the switch on which you want to apply the new parental control setting.

Tap “Console Settings” at the bottom, then select “Restriction Level.”

Tap “Custom settings”, then tap “Communicate with other people”.

Make sure “Restrict communication with others” is turned on.

In this same menu, scroll down and activate the option “Splatoon 2”.

Once this option is enabled, players on this Switch will no longer be able to share or view player messages. In fact, if you start Splatoon 2 and check the “Show display” option in the menu, you will see a message confirming that this is limited by parental controls.

Mission accomplished: have fun on Switch!

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