Active Console for Downloads

Applies to: Nintendo Switch


One Nintendo Switch console can be registered as the active console for downloads for each Nintendo Account. Nintendo eShop software can only be purchased, downloaded and played on the console currently registered as the active console for that account.

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The first time you use Nintendo eShop, the console you are using will automatically be registered as the active console for downloads for your Nintendo Account.

Downloaded software can be played by any user on that console.

FAQ - active console for downloads

  • In our household, we share one Nintendo Switch console. Can the same console be set as the active console for downloads for all of our Nintendo Accounts?
  • I own multiple consoles. Can all of them be registered as active consoles for downloads?
  • I recently exchanged my old console for a new one. Can I register the new one as my active console for downloads?

Before exchanging/disposing of a Nintendo Switch console

Before you exchange or dispose of a Nintendo Switch console, please make sure that it is no longer registered as your active console for downloads.

If the console is registered as the active console for multiple Nintendo Accounts, deregister it individually for each Nintendo Account.

→Deregistering the console

Checking the active console for downloads

In Nintendo eShop, you can check whether the console in use is registered as the active console for downloads.

1. Go to Nintendo eShop on the HOME Menu, then select the appropriate user.

2. Select the user icon ("Account Information") on the top right of the screen. Go to "active console for downloads" and check whether the console is active.

Deregistering the console

If you would like to register a different console as the active console for downloads for a Nintendo Account, you must first deregister the current console.

This process can only be done using the active console itself. Furthermore, if a console is deregistered from a Nintendo Account, any software purchased using that Nintendo Account will no longer be playable on the console.

Software purchased using a Nintendo Account can be redownloaded on a console by registering that console as the active console for downloads for the Nintendo Account.

Deregistration process

1. Go to Nintendo eShop on the HOME Menu, then select the appropriate user.

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2. Select the user icon ("Account Information") on the top right of the screen. Go to active console for downloads and select "Deregister" to deregister the console.

Registering another console as the active console for downloads

Link your Nintendo Account to a user on the console. Then, access Nintendo eShop with that user to automatically register the console as the active console for downloads for that Nintendo Account. Once the console is registered, you will need to redownload the Nintendo Switch software you purchased using that Nintendo Account.

The active console for downloads will also be deregistered in the following situations:

  • If the Nintendo Account is unlinked from the user
  • If the user linked to the given Nintendo Account is deleted
  • If the console is restored to factory settings


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