Select the user icon (user page) on the HOME Menu, then select "Add Friend".
There are two ways to become friends with someone: send them a friend request that they accept, or accept a friend request that they've sent to you.
Either method requires an internet connection.
Sending friend requests
You can send a friend request using the following methods:
- Send to local users
- Send to users you've played with
- Send via friend code
Send to local users
You can send friend requests to nearby people with Nintendo Switch consoles.
Select "Search for Local Users" and follow the on-screen instructions.
If your console is not connected to the internet, your friend request will be saved temporarily and will be sent automatically the next time you connect to the internet.
Send to users you've played with
You can send friend requests to users you've played with online.
Select "Search for Users You've Played With", then select the user you'd like to become friends with and send them a friend request.
Send via friend code
A friend code is a number that is issued to each user once they have linked to a Nintendo Account.
Have the person you'd like to become friends with tell you their friend code. Then select "Search with Friend Code" and send them a friend request.
You can check your friend code on the "Profile" screen.
You can also check your friend code from User Settings ⇒ Friend Settings.
If your Nintendo Account is also linked to apps like Miitomo, users who you're friends with on those apps will be displayed and can easily be added as friends on Nintendo Switch.
If you don't want suggested friends to be displayed, visit the Nintendo Account website via a smart device or PC and select "Friend Suggestions" to change your settings.