Nintendo Support

How to Add Members to a Family Group

Additional Information:

  • Up to 7 additional members can be added to a Nintendo Account family group. When any member of a family group purchases a Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership, the Nintendo Switch Online service is available to everyone in the family group.

  • Each family group has one Admin. The admin is the only person that can add or remove members to the family group.

  • Children under age 13 can only be added by an admin aged 18+.

  • Nintendo Accounts that are already included in a family group can be removed from the group or added to a different family group.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Log into the admin Nintendo Account for the family group.

  1. Select “Family group.”

  2. Select “Add member.”

    • This option only appears for the family group’s admin member.

    • If this option isn’t appearing, review the other members in the family group to verify the admin. The admin will need to either add the new member or transfer the admin rights to you before you can continue.

Applies to: 12 and under

Nintendo Accounts for children aged 12 and under can only be added by an admin aged 18+.

  1. Enter the following information into the fields:

  • Nickname - 10 characters or less

  • Child account Sign-In ID - This is the username the child will use to log in with.

  • Child account password - Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and include a combination of characters from 2 of the following categories: letters, numbers, and punctuation.

  • Gender (Optional)

  1. Check the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then click “Submit.”

  2. Select “OK” to create the account.

  3. Provide the Sign-In ID and password to your child so that they can use the account.

  • The child’s Nintendo Account will now appear in the “Family group” area of your account settings, and you can adjust various settings (password, parental controls, etc) from there. 

Applies to: 13 and over – No Nintendo Account

  1. If the person you want to add does not yet have a Nintendo Account, they will need to first visit and create one.

  2. Now follow the steps in the section below to add them to your family group.

Applies to: 13 and over - Already have a Nintendo Account.

  1. Select “Invite someone to your family group.”

  2. Enter the e-mail address that is registered to the Nintendo Account that you want to add, then click “Submit.”

  • A verification e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address that you entered.

  1. The owner of the other Nintendo Account will need to do the following to agree:

    1. Open the e-mail and click the verification link.

    2. Sign in to their Nintendo Account.

    3. Click “Join family group” to move the Nintendo Account into the admin’s family group.

  2. Once the Nintendo Account owner has agreed, their account will appear in your “Family group” section and can be set as a parent / guardian or supervised account if desired.