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Add Account With Confirmation Code

When creating a new Nintendo Account to link to a Nintendo Switch console, you will be given the option to use a 5-digit confirmation code to complete the process. This method is only available when creating a new Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch.

This process is optional. If you don't want to use the confirmation code, or the code is missing / not working correctly, follow the standard steps for adding a Nintendo Account to a new user account or existing user account on Nintendo Switch. 

  1. When linking a Nintendo Account to a user account (new or existing), select “Create Account” when prompted, to set up a new Nintendo Account.

  2. Select “Send account-creation instructions via e-mail.”

  3. Enter your date of birth, then select “OK.” Is the person that will be using the account age 13 or older?

  4. Enter your e-mail address into the appropriate field and click “Accept.” Select “Send e-mail” to send the e-mail.

  5. Click “OK” on the Nintendo Switch console to reach the 5-digit confirmation code entry screen.

  6. An e-mail will be sent that explains how to set up a Nintendo Account on your PC or smart device. When the e-mail arrives, click the URL included in the e-mail.

    • The email should arrive shortly, and expires in an hour from when it's sent.

    • If you don't receive the e-mail, please follow the standard steps for adding a Nintendo Account to a new user account or existing user account on Nintendo Switch. 

  7. On your smart device or PC, click “An account for myself.”

  8. Create a Nintendo Account for yourself.

  9. Once the account is created, a 5-digit confirmation code will appear.

  10. On the Nintendo Switch console, enter the confirmation code into the appropriate field, and click “OK.”

  11. You will receive a confirmation message that your Nintendo Account is now linked to your user account. Click “OK” to return to the system settings.

    • If you can't find the confirmation code or it doesn't work, please follow the standard steps for linking an existing Nintendo Account to a new user account or existing user account on Nintendo Switch.

  12. You will be directed to a page requesting your parent / guardian's e-mail address.

    • You will need to have a parent / guardian set up a Nintendo Account (if they do not already have one), and then create an account for you.

  13. Have your parent / guardian enter their e-mail address into the appropriate field and click “Submit.”

  14. Click “OK” on the Nintendo Switch console to reach the 5-digit confirmation code entry screen.

  15. An e-mail will be sent to your parent / guardian that explains how to set up your Nintendo Account on a PC or smart device. Have your parent / guardian click the URL in the e-mail.

    • The email should arrive shortly, and expires in an hour from when it's sent.

    • If you don't receive the e-mail, please follow the standard steps for adding a Nintendo Account to a new user account or existing user account on Nintendo Switch.

  16. Have your parent select “An account for a child” on their smart device or PC, then create a Nintendo Account for you.

  17. Once the account is created, a 5-digit confirmation code will appear.

  18. On the Nintendo Switch console, enter the confirmation code into the appropriate field, and click “OK.”

  19. You will receive a confirmation message that your Nintendo Account is now linked to your user account. Click “OK” to return to the system settings.

    • If you can't find the confirmation code or it doesn't work, please follow the standard steps for linking an existing Nintendo Account to a new user account or existing user account on Nintendo Switch.



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