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How to Link a Nintendo Account to a Nintendo Switch Console

Instructions on linking a Nintendo Account to an existing user on a Nintendo Switch console.

Important

The ability to use a Nintendo Network ID, Facebook, or Twitter to sign in to an existing Nintendo Account or to create a new Nintendo Account has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you are having difficulties signing in to your Nintendo Account and previously used one of these services, please refer to the following:

Additional Information:

Complete These Steps:

  1. At any point after you have created a user, select "System Settings” on the HOME Menu.

  2. Scroll down to highlight "User”, then select the appropriate user to access your User Settings.

  3. Select "Link to a Nintendo Account”.

Do you have an existing Nintendo Account or do you need to create a new one?

Link an existing Nintendo Account
  1. Sign in to your Nintendo Account.

    • If you have forgotten your Nintendo Account sign-in information, click here.

  2. Select "Link" to link your Nintendo Account to the user on the console.

    • Once the Nintendo Account is linked, it can't be unlinked or changed for that user.

  3. You will receive a confirmation message that your Nintendo Account is now linked to your user. Select "OK” to return to the system settings.

Important: If your Nintendo Account was previously linked to a different Nintendo Switch console, the first console may still be set as your primary console. There are differences with how downloadable content can be accessed between your primary console and a non-primary console. If you wish to change which Nintendo Switch console is the primary console for your Nintendo Account, follow our steps on How to Set the Primary Nintendo Switch Console for a Nintendo Account.

Create and link a new Nintendo Account
  1. Select "create a Nintendo Account" to set up a new Nintendo Account.

    • Optional - On the following screen, you can request an email with instructions to link to your Nintendo Account using a verification code. If you would like to have instructions sent to you, click here for help using this alternate method. (This is not required.)

  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 console and select "Sign in”.

  4. Sign in to your Nintendo Account.

  5. You will receive a confirmation message that your Nintendo Account is now linked to your user. Select "OK” to return to the system settings.

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