Reset PS2 Parental Controls or Password

Written by Nilpo in Miscellaneous | 48 Comments

Despite the fact that this is a Windows site, I often get questions that aren’t Windows related. For example, on several occasions I’ve received questions about clearing or resetting the parental control passcode on Sony’s PlayStation 2 (PS2) consoles. Since I’ve received the question on a number of occasions, I decided to go ahead and post the solution.

The Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) has a parental control feature that restricts DVD playback based upon the movie’s rating by requiring you to enter a 4-digit passcode before playing movies above the specified rating limit.

Upon attempting to play a DVD above the current control limit, you will be prompted for the 4-digit passcode. If you’ve purchased a new PlayStation 2 or bought one used you may not know the parental control code. To begin, try using the factory default code of 0000. This will work for all new systems and may work for used systems since there’s a good chance that the previous owner never set a passcode. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to reset the passcode using the instructions below.

To reset PlayStation 2 (PS2) Parental Control Passcode:

  1. Insert a DVD requiring a passcode and switch on the console. Attempt to play the DVD and wait to be prompted for the current passcode.
  2. At the passcode prompt, press the SELECT button. You should now be prompted to delete the current passcode.
  3. Enter the master control password 7444. You should now be prompted to enter a new passcode.
  4. Enter a 4-digit passcode that you can remember easily. You’ll be prompted to enter the code a second time for verification.
  5. You have successfully reset your passcode.

You may wish to change or reset the parental control level in order to control when or if you are prompted for a passcode. The parental control settings can only be reset during DVD playback. If the current settings require it, you’ll need to enter the current passcode to play the DVD. If you do not know it, follow the steps above to reset the code before continuing.

To change or disable PlayStation 2 (PS2) Parental Controls:

  1. The parental control menu can only be accessed during DVD playback. Be sure that you have inserted a DVD and that it is playing before continuing. You may need to enter a passcode to initiate playback.
  2. While the DVD is playing, press the SELECT button to bring up the DVD control menu.
  3. You should be presented with a series of icons. Highlight the Stop icon (a square) and press X to stop DVD playback. Do not exit the menu!
  4. Next, select the Settings icon (a briefcase) below the number 7. Press X to enter the Settings menu.
  5. Scroll down and select Parental Controls. Press X to enable its options.
  6. Be sure that the Region setting is set to your current country or region. This ensures that DVD are handled properly for your area.
  7. You will also be able to set the control level by selecting a value between 1 and 8. A value of 1 will require a passcode to play any DVD. The higher the setting, the less restrictive the parental control will be. You may also set the DVD control level to Off. DO NOT EXIT THE MENU AFTER SETTING THE NEW CONTROL LEVEL!

    Warning: The Off setting will completely disable the parental control feature. The PlayStation will never prompt for a passcode regardless of the nature of the DVD.

  8. With the parental control menu still showing, eject the DVD and remove it from the tray. If your PlayStation does not reset, you should manually switch it off by using the power switch in the back (or by holding the Reset button until it turns red on second generation consoles).
  9. Leave your PlayStation switched off for 5-10 seconds before attempting to power it back on. Your settings should have been saved.


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  • thank you very much. worked perfectly

  • You are very welcome. Thank you for your comments.

  • Nilpo You are the Man Thank You Sir !!!!

  • I actually did not think it was possible!thank you a thousand times over! U made my son very happy! You are great!

  • Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to comment.

  • Thanks for the help! However, on my PS2 I am not able to select the parental controls option. It is grayed out and I am unable to change the level to a higher number. Any suggestions??

  • Hello maya,

    Are you trying this during DVD playback? The options aren’t available unless you have a paused video.

  • thanks this info will really help me out!:)

  • You’re very welcome, Blair. Glad I could help.

  • I’m having the same problem as Maya. My DVD is stopped and I can enter Settings but I cannot enter the Parental Controlls. This is very frustrating!

  • ah ha! i figured it out!

  • Thank you so much I used your info and it worked great!!!!

  • Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  • I tried the instructions you gave and it didn’t work. We weren’t able to even change the settings because we can’t get the password correct. We made sure it was on dvd playback. We even tried a universal code I found on several sites. (7444) and that did not work either.

  • OMG! Thank you so much! Seems like I spent hours at the STUPID playstation website only to be more aggravated than I could’ve EVER imagined!!! Your instructions were perfect! Thanx again so much!!! stef_honey555

  • You are all so very welcome. Glad you found this post useful.

  • thank u very much it worked perfectly

  • Love this page, is it updated often? Bookmarked 🙂

  • Thank you! It’s been years since I set this up and tried every number I could. It didn’t work at first and I was ready to give up buit I tried a different controller and it worked like a charm! Thank you again!

  • I’m glad that this worked for you. You are most welcome.

  • hello nilpo…my ps2 will not play any games rated above T..or any dvd rated above G..i have the parental controls set to off and even tried setting it to 8, but still no plays T and under just fine, but when the rating is higher all it does is spin the disk. please help

  • my mom and i have been at this stupid PS2 for awhile and still we cant figure it out. She says that the parental control was nvr set but we still have no idea. We followed the instructions but yet a blue box appears were the numbers shud be… are doing this all wrong or wat?? Plzzzzzz help us out :L

  • thanks, it was getting really anoying having to put in a password every time i tired to watch a movie on my ps2 lol

  • nice article written, i added your site to my favorite.


  • I tried all the options but my PS2 gives me insists that the password is invalid

  • Whooohooo! I’m in…this worked like a charm..You the man.. Thanks!!!

  • Tried the code 7444 and it didn’t work. Neither did 0000 or 1111. Bought ps2 used and am at a loss how to make it work. Any help would b greatly appreciated

  • would not let me enter 7444 to change anything but i kept trying things and it let me delete 7444 and then enter my new password. persistence is key.hope this may help someone else.

  • I have tried everything that you suggested and it still doesn’t work. I have stopped playback and brought up the settings menu and the parental controls are greyed out. I am ready to launch this thing through the window. I have to enter a code everytime my kids want to watch a movie or play a game. Please help me.

  • Keith,

    Don’t stop playback! You have to bring the menu up WHILE it is playing!

    Let me know if that works for you.

  • It still is greyed out

  • I have the same prob as keith. I have tried to do this at the beginning of a restricted disc, cannot go right from the parental control to the region. Tried this on a G rated disc before and during playback, even while the disc was paused. Same thing, cannot highlight region.

  • Worked great thanks so much

  • I found that I had to change to password ~first~ before I could get the DVD playing to be able to get to the menu. Hope this helps others, but thanks for the instructions.

  • I hit select when asked for a password, then used 7444 to delete the password. Entered a new password, and entered it again to confirm. PS2 said it was complete and started playing the movie. As soon as I got to the main menu of the DVD I started playing the actual movie. Hit select to bring up settings and the parental controls are still greyed out. Turned off my PS2 for about 5 mins and turned it back on. It asked to change levels and I said yes. It asked for my password, and I put in the one I just changed it to 5 minutes ago and it is saying invalid. Any ideas?

  • I believe I had to press the select button twice to get the menu to the bottom of the screen. After I opened the menu there, I was able to change the parental controls.

    What pisses me off is the people here that say “Oh nevermind, I figured it out” bullshit, when several people before them and after them cannot get the option to ungray.

  • Thank you. It worked great.

  • Tried all of the suggestions and it still says everything is invalid. I’ve tried the 7444 while its playing at the menu on the bottom of the screen, anything. I’m desperate. I can’t even play a barbie movie for my little girls. Please help!

  • it worked thanks !!

  • Thank you, work perfectly on my used PS2!

  • man you are a life saver.I had no idea how to get this used ps2 to play dvd’s. something told me to just type it in online and..
    WALAH!! my dissapointment was gone..again thanks son is sooo happy.

  • You’re all very welcome. I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • Sometimes developers do not understand the pain it is to use their products, especially problem solving issues. When someone provides direct step by step instructions with no extraneous information it is like a God-send. Thank you very much for your help, my familiy really appreciates the time you’ve spent to benefit strangers. Thank you =)

  • Richard, thank you very much for your kind words.

  • Thank you, very helpful

  • Thanks a million. Stupid PS2 had me stumped forever.

  • Thank you, Sir. It worked very well and on the first try following your instructions. Now my 3y.o. son can enjoy some simpler classic games and DVDs on a simpler console and leave my PS3 alone.

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