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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 account on a Nintendo Switch console.

Additional Information:

Complete These Steps:

  1. At any point after you have created a user account select "System Settings” on the HOME Menu.
  2. Scroll down to highlight "User”, then select the appropriate user account to access the Profile 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 your Nintendo Account with a confirmation 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 or Sign-In ID and password associated with your account, then select "Sign In”.
    • "Sign in using a different account” - Select the appropriate service (Nintendo Network ID, Twitter, Facebook, or Google) and enter your sign-in information for the service.
    • If you have forgotten your Nintendo Account sign-in information, click here.
  5. Select "Link" to link your Nintendo Account to the user account on the console.
    • Once the Nintendo Account is linked, it can't be unlinked or changed for that user account.
  6. You will receive a confirmation message that your Nintendo Account is now linked to your user account. Select "OK” to return to the system settings.