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How to Sign Up for a Free Nintendo Switch Online Trial Membership

Instructions on setting up your free 7-day trial Nintendo Switch Online membership.


  • When you start the free trial, auto-renewal will automatically be activated for an Individual 30-day Membership, to begin when the trial ends. If you cancel the auto-renewal [before the 7-day trial period ends, you will not be charged.

Additional Information:

  • Nintendo Account users can sign up for a free trial Individual membership for Nintendo Switch Online.

  • The free trial is available once per Nintendo Account.

  • The free trial can’t be used with Nintendo Accounts that already have an Individual or Family membership. However, it can be used after the end of your existing membership.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Select “Nintendo eShop” on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.

  2. Select the account you want to use.

  3. Select “Nintendo Switch Online” on the left side of the screen.

  4. Select “Free Trial” from the banner at the top of the screen.

    • If this option does not appear, then you either already have an existing Nintendo Switch Online membership or you have already received the free trial.

  5. Choose the Membership plan you want (Free Trial, 1-month Individual Plan, etc), then select a payment method when prompted.

    • If you select “Credit Card,” enter the required credit card information when prompted.

    • If you select “PayPal,” you will need to Link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, if you have not already done so.

    • The payment method you select will be set up to renew automatically when the 7-day trial ends. If you cancel the auto-renewal before the 7-day trial period ends, you will not be charged.

  6. Select “Start Membership” to begin your free 7-day trial.

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