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    How to Purchase or Extend a Nintendo Switch Online Membership on Nintendo Switch

    In this article, you'll learn how to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

    Additional Information:

    • You can choose between various Nintendo Switch Online membership plans:
      • Individual membership plans provide the service to the Nintendo Account user that purchases the membership.
      • Family membership plans provide the service to everyone in the purchaser's Nintendo Account family group (up to 8 people).
    • You can purchase multiple of the same membership plan to extend your overall membership time.
    • If you already belong to a family membership, you cannot purchase, redeem a download code for, or change to an individual membership.
    • If you already have an existing membership, you can change from an individual membership to a family membership, or to a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, for a discounted price. The discount amount is based on the number of remaining days on your existing membership, up to the full cost of the new membership. For more details, review our Information on Changing a Nintendo Switch Online Membership Plan.

    Complete These Steps:

    1. Select "Nintendo eShop" on the HOME Menu to launch Nintendo eShop.
    2. Select the account you want to use.
    3. Select "Nintendo Switch Online" on the left side of the screen.
    4. Select "Membership Options" to see the current membership pricing and plans.

    Are you using a prepaid Nintendo Switch Online download code?



    1. Scroll down to "Redeem Code" and select "Enter".
    2. Enter the 16-digit download code for the Nintendo Switch Online membership, then select "OK".
      • Make sure to review and accept any required terms that appear on the screen.
      • Any letters and symbols not used with prepaid codes (i.e. O, I, Z, commas, hyphens, etc.) will be disabled from the on-screen keyboard.
    3. Select "Confirm" to complete the transaction.
    4. Choose the payment method for automatic renewal you would like to set for the membership (Credit Card, PayPal, or Nintendo eShop funds). You will not be charged at this time.
      • For Credit Card - Enter the credit card information when prompted.
      • For PayPal - You will need to link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, if you have not already done so.
      • Your membership will be set to renew automatically using your available Nintendo eShop balance when the validity period of your membership ends. If you have selected "Credit Card" or "PayPal", any additional funds will be charged to the payment method you chose. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
    5. Review the on-screen information about automatic renewal and check "Agree" if prompted to complete the redemption.
      • For help adjusting your auto-renewal settings, click here.

    1. Choose the membership plan you want to purchase, then select "Proceed to Purchase".
      • To purchase a family membership, you must be aged 18+.
        • Family memberships can still be purchased using available Nintendo eShop funds, Credit Cards, or PayPal accounts.
        • If you currently have an individual membership on your Nintendo Account, you will be offered a discounted price for a family membership based on the number of remaining days on your individual membership.

    How do you want to pay for the Nintendo Switch Online membership?



    1. Select "Credit Card".
    2. Enter the credit card number, expiry date and security code, then select "Confirm".
      • If you are using saved credit card information, you will not need to re-enter the credit card information to complete the purchase.
      • Nintendo Account owners aged 18+ can click the "Save" box on the credit card entry screen to store credit card information.
    3. Select "Purchase" to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will automatically be set to auto-renew using your Nintendo eShop funds. Any additional balance will be charged to the payment method you used to place the order. The automatic renewal feature is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your auto-renewal settings, click here.

    1. Select "PayPal."
    2. Link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, if you have not already done so.
    3. Select "Purchase" to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will automatically be set to renew automatically using your Nintendo eShop funds. Any additional balance will be charged to the payment method you used to place the order. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your automatic renewal settings, click here.

    1. Select "Funds Only".

    Are there enough funds to complete the purchase?



    1. Select "Purchase" to complete the purchase.
    2. Review the on-screen information about automatic renewal and check "Agree" if prompted to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will be set to renew automatically using your Nintendo eShop funds. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your automatic renewal settings, click here.

    How do you want to add funds to purchase the Nintendo Switch Online membership?



    1. Select "Credit Card".
    2. Enter the credit card number, expiry date and security code, then select "Confirm".
      • If you are using the saved credit card information, you will not need to re-enter the credit card information to complete the purchase.
      • Nintendo Account owners aged 18+ can click the "Save" box on the credit card entry screen to store credit card information.
    3. Select "Purchase" to complete the purchase.
    4. Review the on-screen information about automatic renewal and check "Agree" if prompted to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will be set to renew automatically using your Nintendo eShop funds. Any additional balance will be charged to the payment method you used to place the order. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your automatic renewal settings, click here.

    1. Select "Nintendo eShop Card".
      • If the Nintendo eShop Card option doesn't appear, redeem the card prior to finalising your purchase.
    2. Enter the 16-character code, then select "OK".
      • Any letters and symbols not used with prepaid codes (i.e. O, I, Z, commas, hyphens, etc.) will be disabled from the on-screen keyboard.
    3. Select "Confirm", then select "Purchase" to complete the purchase.
    4. Review the on-screen information about automatic renewal and check "Agree" if prompted to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will be set to renew automatically using your Nintendo eShop funds. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your automatic renewal settings, click here.

    1. Select "PayPal".
    2. Link your PayPal account to your Nintendo Account, if you have not already done so.
    3. Select "Purchase".
    4. Review the on-screen information about automatic renewal and check "Agree" if prompted to complete the purchase.
      • Your membership will be set to renew automatically using your Nintendo eShop funds. Any additional balance will be charged to the payment method you used to place the order. Automatic renewal is unavailable for Nintendo Accounts under the age of 18.
      • For help adjusting your automatic renewal settings, click here.