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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 to sign in to an existing Nintendo Account or to create a new Nintendo Account has been discontinued. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you are having difficulties signing in to your Nintendo Account and previously used a Nintendo Network ID, information is available on accessing your Nintendo Account.

    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?


    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. Select the sign-in information for your Nintendo Account:
      • "Sign in using an email address or Sign-In ID" - Enter the email address (for users 16 and older) or Sign-In ID and password associated with your account, then select "Sign in”.
        • If you have set up 2-step verification for your Nintendo Account, you will also be prompted to enter your Google Authenticator code.
      • "Quick sign in via smartphone": Use a smart device to sign in to your Nintendo Account using your Nintendo Account password or other account sign-in information (Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter) and receive a code to enter on your Nintendo Switch console. See our full steps on How to Sign In to a Nintendo Account on Nintendo Switch Using a Smart Device.
      • If you have forgotten your Nintendo Account sign-in information, click here.
    5. 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.
    6. 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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