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How to Sign In to a Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch Using a Smart Device

In this article, you'll learn how to sign in to a Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch using a smart device.


  • Learn more about creating a new user account on your Nintendo Switch.


  • If linking a Nintendo Account to a user account, make sure you sign in using the correct Nintendo Account you want to link. Once a Nintendo Account is linked to a user account, this link cannot be undone. 

Complete these steps

  1. When prompted, select Sign in with smart device.

  2. Use a smart device with a camera to scan the QR Code that appears on the screen.

  3. The internet browser will open on your smart device and prompt you to sign in to your Nintendo Account using your Nintendo Account e-mail address/Sign-in ID and password or an Apple, Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. If you have set up 2-step verification, follow the prompts to authorise the sign-in.

    • If you are already signed in to a Nintendo Account on your smart device, you will have the option to select the current Nintendo Account you are signed in with or to use a different account.


    • Make sure you sign in with and select the Nintendo Account you wish to use on Nintendo Switch. If it is the incorrect Nintendo Account, log out and start this process again from step 1


  4. You will be presented with a 5-digit confirmation code. Enter this confirmation code on your Nintendo Switch.

    • The confirmation code is only valid for a short time and cannot be repeatedly entered incorrectly. If the confirmation code is not accepted, start this process again from step 1.


  5. Review the Nintendo Account details to confirm it is the correct account, then select Link to finish signing in.

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