Nintendo Support

How to Add a New User Account

User accounts are used to manage each player’s save data and personal settings.

Up to 8 user accounts can be created on the Nintendo Switch.

A user account can also be linked to a Nintendo Account at any time after it is created.

Once a Nintendo Account is linked to the account, the system's online features will be available.

  1. Select “System Settings” on the HOME Menu. 

  2. Scroll down to highlight “Users,” then select “Add User.” 

  3. Click “Next.” 

  4. Select the icon you would like to have associated to your account.

    • Tap “More Options” for additional characters / backgrounds to choose from. 

    • If you would like to add a Mii instead of a picture, click “Mii” to create one. 

  5. Once you have selected a character, enter a nickname when prompted. Select “OK.”

    • Your nickname can be seen by other players, so don’t include any personal information. 

    • Your nickname can be changed at any time once your account is created. 

  6. Select “OK” again to confirm. 

  7. At this point, you will be given the option to link a Nintendo Account to your user account. 

Link an existing Nintendo Account

  1. Select “Sign In and Link” to link an existing Nintendo Account. 

  2. Select the sign in information for your Nintendo Account:

    • "Sign in using e-mail address or User ID” - Enter the e-mail address or User ID and password associated to your account, then click “Sign in.”
       

    • “Sign in using a different account” - Click the appropriate service (Nintendo Network ID, Twitter, Facebook, or Google) and enter your log in information for the service.*

      • Apple ID is not currently a sign-in option on Nintendo Switch. If you have created a Nintendo Account with an Apple ID only, please log into your account from a computer or smart device and register an email address or link an additional service.

                  *Please note this sign in method is not available on iOS smart devices.

  1. 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. 

  2. Select “Add User” if you would like to add additional accounts, or press the B Button to return to the HOME Menu. 

Create and link a new Nintendo Account

  1. Select “Create Account” to set up a new Nintendo Account.

    • Optional - On the following screen, you can request an e-mail with instructions to link your Nintendo Account with a confirmation code. 

  2. On your PC or smart device, visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create a Nintendo Account. 

  3. Once you have created the Nintendo Account, return to the Nintendo Switch and click “Sign in.” 

  4. Select the sign in information for your Nintendo Account:

    • "Sign in using e-mail address or User ID” - Enter the e-mail address or User ID and password associated to your account, then click “Sign in.”

    • “Sign in using a different account” - Click the appropriate service (Nintendo Network ID, Twitter, Facebook, or Google) and enter your log in information for the service.*

      • Apple ID is not currently a sign-in option on Nintendo Switch. If you have created a Nintendo Account with an Apple ID only, please log into your account from a computer or smart device and register an email address or link an additional service. 

                  *Please note this sign in method is not available on iOS smart devices.

  1. 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. 

  2. Select “Add User” if you would like to add additional accounts, or press the B Button to return to the HOME Menu. 

Proceed without linking

  1. Select “Later” if you do not wish to create or link a Nintendo Account at this time.

    • Note that many of the system’s online features are not available until a Nintendo Account is linked. 

  2. Once your account is created, you will return to the System Settings. Select “Add User” if you would like to add additional accounts, or press the B Button to return to the HOME Menu.