How to Redeem a Download Code on Nintendo Switch eShop

Applies to: Nintendo Switch

Instructions on redeeming a software download code in the Nintendo Switch eShop.


  • You can only redeem codes on the active Nintendo Switch console for your Nintendo Account. If you see a message that says another console is set as the active console, you will need to either deactivate the other console first OR use the other console to redeem the code.

Additional Information:

  • Download codes from retailers are located on a receipt or card.
  • An Internet connection and Nintendo Account are required to access the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Select “Nintendo eShop” on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.
  2. Select the account you want to use.
  3. Select “Enter Code” on the left side of the screen.
  4. Enter the 16-character download code.
    • 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.
  5. Select “Send” to confirm. The game will begin downloading once the code is confirmed.
    • The game icon will appear on the HOME menu, with a download status bar. The status bar will disappear once the game download is complete.