Instructions on setting or changing the primary console for your Nintendo Account to move downloadable software purchases from one Nintendo Switch console to another.
You can register one primary console per Nintendo Account.
To change the primary console for your Nintendo Account, you will need to deregister your current primary console, then set the new primary console.
Once you've registered a primary console, your digital purchases can be played by anyone that uses the primary console.
Once you've purchased downloadable software, you can use your Nintendo Account to access it on any Nintendo Switch console (primary or non-primary).
When using a console that is not your primary console, you are the only player that can access downloadable software that you've purchased. Other players will not be able to access your downloadable software on a console that is not the primary console for your Nintendo Account.
Complete these steps to set the Primary Nintendo Switch Console:
Once you have signed in with a Nintendo Account, the first Nintendo Switch console you use to access Nintendo eShop will automatically be designated as your primary console.
If you want to change your primary console, you can de-register the current primary console. The primary status will automatically be set to whichever console you next use to access Nintendo eShop.
Complete these steps to change the Primary Console for your Nintendo Account:
On the primary console for your Nintendo Account, use your Nintendo Account to access Nintendo eShop and deregister the console.
Use your Nintendo Account to access Nintendo eShop on the second console. The console will automatically be set as the primary console for your Nintendo Account.
To verify, check the "Primary Console" setting in your Nintendo eShop Account Information.
If you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, download your Save Data Cloud backup files as needed.
All Nintendo Accounts on your primary console will be able to play any software that you've purchased.
If you want to change your primary console again, complete steps 1-4 to deregister this console and register a different one.
If you no longer have access to the previous console (traded in, stolen, etc.), we recommend that you change your Nintendo Account password to make sure your account isn't accessible on the previous console.