Nintendo Switch Lite Support

  • First Time Setup

    Nintendo Switch Lite First-Time Setup and Connection

    Complete these steps:

    In this article, you'll learn how to set up your Nintendo Switch system(s) for the first time.

    Nintendo Switch Lite

    1. Connect the USB plug from the Nintendo Switch AC adapter into the USB connector on the bottom of the console, then connect the AC adapter into the wall outlet.
    2. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the first-time setup. Some of these settings can be configured later .
      • System language and region settings
      • Internet Settings (optional)
      • Time Zone
      • Set your icon and nickname or Transfer Users and Save Data (this option is available for consoles with system menu version 4.0.0. or higher)
      • Parental Controls (optional)
  • How to Perform a System Update

    The Nintendo Switch console must be connected online to download a system update. For information about Connecting Online, click here.

    In most situations, the Nintendo Switch will automatically download the most recent system update. Use the following steps if you wish to manually start the update process.

    1. Select the "System Settings" on the HOME Menu.
    2. Scroll down through the System Settings menu and select "System."
    3. Select "System Update," to start the system update process.
      • During the process, the system will first perform a check to determine if a new system update is available.
      • If an update is available, the download process will begin automatically.
    • How to Perform a Software Update

      Instructions for manually updating software on Nintendo Switch.

      Additional Information:

      • When the Nintendo Switch console is connected online, if a software update is available you will be prompted to download it upon starting the game or application.
      • Software updates can be automatically downloaded and installed by enabling this option within "System Settings" > "System" > "Automatic Software Updates."  Ensure “On” is selected.

      Alternatively, to check if an update is required for a specific game follow these steps.

      While on the Home Menu, highlight the game you want to check if an update is available and press the “+” or “-“ Button on the Joy-Con  then select “Software Update” then “Via the Internet”.

      For instructions on connecting on-line please click here.

    • How to check for Corrupt Data

      Depending on the system menu version, a system update may be required for this option to become available.

      Complete these Steps:

      1. From the HOME Menu, select "System Settings."
      2. Scroll down the options on the left and select “Data Management”
      3. On the right hand side select “Software”, then select the software title you would like to check.
      4. Select “Check for Corrupt Data”
        • If corrupt data was found select the Redownload option and follow the instructions that appear.
        • If no corrupt data was found attempt to play the software title again.

      If the problem continues please contact Nintendo Customer Service.

    • How to Add Friends

      You must link your user account to a Nintendo Account prior to sending or receiving friend requests.

      There are two ways to become friends. Either you must accept a friend request you have received or the other user must accept a friend request sent by you.

      • Select your user icon (My Page) on the HOME Menu, and then select "Add Friend."

      • From this screen, you can accept pending friend requests that have been sent to you, view pending friend requests you have sent, or use the following methods to send friend requests.
        • Via Local Users:
          Select this option to exchange friend requests with near-by users.

          If the Switch console is not connected to the Internet, the friend request will be temporarily saved on the console. The friend request will then be sent automatically the next time the console connects to the internet.

        • Via Users You Have Played With:
          Select this option to send friend requests to users you have played with in internet matches or other online play.
        • Via Friend Code:
          Select this option to send a friend request to another user by entering their friend code.
        • Suggested Friends:
          If you have linked another application (Miitomo, etc.) to the same Nintendo Account, users with whom you are friends in that application are displayed so that you can easily send them friend requests.

          If you do not want Friend Suggestions to display, open the Nintendo Account settings screen from your smartphone or computer and change your Friend Suggestion Feature Settings.
    • How to View and Manage Your Existing Friends

      To use friend features, you must link your user account to a Nintendo Account.

      Each user can have a maximum of 300 friends.

      1. Select your user icon (My Page) on the HOME Menu.
      2. Highlight "Friend List" to view a list of your friends.
      3. Select a friend to view them or perform the following actions:
        • Best Friends
          If you make a user a best friend, they will show at the top of your friend list.
        • Remove Friend
          If you remove a user as a friend, you will also be removed from that user's friend list.
        • Block
          Blocked users cannot send you friend requests, and it will be harder to encounter them in online play. Users will not be notified when you block them.
    • Nintendo Switch Software

      There are two types of Nintendo Switch software: a retail version and a downloadable version. The contents of a game will be the same no matter which version you play.

      Retail version

      The retail version of a software title is the physical copy that you can buy in shops, etc. To play the retail version of a software title, remove the game card from the packaging and insert it into the Nintendo Switch console.

      Downloadable version

      You can purchase the downloadable version of a software title in Nintendo eShop on the console.

      Distinct features of downloadable software

      • You don't have to worry about losing your game cards.
      • You can play different software without having to switch out the game cards.

      How to purchase downloadable software

      You can purchase downloadable software from Nintendo eShop on the HOME Menu.

      • Linking to a Nintendo Account is required to use Nintendo eShop.
      • You must have eShop funds in order to make a purchase on Nintendo eShop. You can add funds using a credit card or Nintendo eShop prepaid card.

      How to play downloadable software

      Download the software from Nintendo eShop. Once the download is complete, select the appropriate software icon on the HOME Menu to start the software.

      The first time you use Nintendo eShop, the console you are using will automatically be registered as the active console for downloads for your Nintendo Account.

    • How to Insert/Remove Game Cards

      Nintendo Switch is compatible only with game cards made for the Nintendo Switch system. It is not compatible with game cards intended for other systems.

      To insert game cards:

      1. Open the game card slot cover located on the top right side of the Nintendo Switch console. 
      2. Hold the game card so that the label of the game card faces in the same direction as the Nintendo Switch screen. 
      3. Slide the game card into the game card slot until it clicks into place. If the game card seems difficult to insert, remove it and verify that it is facing in the correct direction.
      4. Once inserted, the software icon of the inserted game card will be displayed on the HOME Menu.

      To remove game cards:

      Remove a game card only while on the HOME Menu, or when the console is powered off. If you have suspended a software title, make sure you have closed it before removing its game card.

      1. Open the game card slot cover located on the top right side of the Nintendo Switch console.
      2. Gently push down on the inserted game card until the card clicks.
      3. Release the game card and it will partially eject.
      4. Slide the game card out of the game card slot and close the cover.
    • Software Rating Organization Overview

      Game classifications can help you to find entertainment that is suitable for your family. All packaged Nintendo Switch games sold in Australia and New Zealand carry classification markings on the front of the packaging. For digital games sold via Nintendo eShop, the classification information is displayed prior to purchase. These classifications help parents make informed choices about suitable video game content.

      In Australia, the Classification Board is a statutory body which makes classification decisions for films, computer games and certain publications. It provides consumer advice about the content of films and computer games it classifies. Consumer advice explains the classifiable elements that have the highest impact in films and computer games. It helps consumers make an informed choice about what they read, view and play.

      In New Zealand, the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) is the organisation responsible for classifying games, films and other publications.

      • Classifications apply only to games, not to non-game applications.
      • The Nintendo Switch system is not region locked so it is possible to play games not classified by the Classification Board in Australia or the OFLC in New Zealand (e.g., games rated by CERO and PEGI). By using Custom Settings for the Restriction Level, you can select a different Software Rating Organization to determine your Restricted Software setting. If you start a game that has not been rated by the Software Rating Organization you selected, the system will apply the closest equivalent software Restriction Level.

      For Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, the Software Rating Organization setting establishes the body whose rating standards apply to your Restricted Software setting. Since the Parental Controls allow the use of Restriction Level presets for Teen, Pre-Teen, Child, and Custom Settings (by age), it is important to understand how the classifications in Australia and New Zealand interact with these levels.