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How to check hours played on Nintendo Switch games 2022

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My Nintendo Switch is one of my main sources of entertainment. I take it with me just about everywhere, and as such, I've put a lot of hours into my favorite Switch games. If you're like me and curious about just how much time you put into a particular adventure, there's a way to look up your Switch and Switch Lite playtimes. I'll show you how to look at the number of hours played on Nintendo Switch games, how to look at the number of hours your friends have put into their Switch games, and - for those that prefer some privacy - how to make it so your friends cannot see your play hours.

How to check Switch hours played

  1. From the Switch's main menu, select your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. This page will open on the Profile tab. Use a joystick to scroll right.Source: iMore

How to view hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

How to view hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Scroll down the list to see all the games you've played and the number of hours put into them.

How to view hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

How to view your friends' playtimes

If you want to know how to add friends, check out this guide.

  1. From the Switch's main menu, select your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Scroll down to Friend List. The Profile icons of your friends will appear on the right.Source: iMore

How to view hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

How to view friends' hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Use the joystick to scroll over to the friend you want to view.
  2. Press A to open their profile. You'll see the games they've played on the right.Source: iMore

How to view friends' hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Press A (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Use the joystick to scroll down their list and see how many hours they've put into various games.
  2. Please note: if your friend has made it so others cannot view their play settings, their profile will look like this.Source: iMore

How to view friends' hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

How to view friends' hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

How to make it so friends cannot view your play activity

If you want to know how to add friends, check out this guide.

  1. From the Switch's main menu, select your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Scroll down to User Settings.Source: iMore

How to view hours played Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

User Settings Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click on Play Activity Settings.
  2. Select Display play activity to:.Source: iMore

Nintendo Switch Settings Play Activity Settings (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Switch Setting Display Play Activity (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you only want good friends to see your play activity, select Best Friends. If you'd rather no one could see your play activity, select No One.
  2. You can also make it so none of your friends can tell you're online. To do that, press the B button to back up to the last menu.Source: iMore

Nintendo Switch Setting Display Play Activity No One (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Switch Settings Play Activity Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Friend Settings.
  2. To hide your online status, click on Display online status to:.Source: iMore

Friend Settings Nintendo Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Nintendo Switch Settings Display Online Status (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you only want good friends to see your online status, select Best Friends. If you'd rather no one could see your online status, select No One.

Switch Settings Display Online Acitivity No One Edited (Image credit: iMore)

Now no one but yourself will be able to see how many hours you've played on your various Switch games.

How to check Switch hours played

It's both a source of pride and shame for me to see just how much time I've spent playing certain Nintendo Switch games (I'm looking at you, Animal Crossing). Now that you know how to look up your playtimes, you can compare with friends and see which games you all love the most. Have fun with your Nintendo Switch adventures. I hope you're able to sync as many hours as you can into your favorite games.

Additional Equipment

I use these Switch accessories. What makes them so great is that they work on both the original Switch and the Switch Lite. They are a great way to round out your gaming experience.

SanDisk 128GB microSD card

SanDisk 128GB microSD card (Image credit: SanDisk)
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SanDisk 128GB micoSD Card (opens in new tab) ($21 at Amazon)

Give your Switch or Switch Lite additional storage space with this nifty, Mario-themed, 128GB microSD card. That's plenty of space for your downloads, screenshots, and game data.

Hori compact playstand for Nintendo Switch

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Hori Compact Playstand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

This stand is perfect for when you're playing in tabletop mode or when you want to watch Hulu or YouTube on your Switch. It offers three different positions and is sturdier than the Switch's kickstand.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (Image credit: Nintendo)
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Pro Controller (opens in new tab) ($59 at Amazon)

This traditional controller feels better in your hands than Joy-Cons and includes HD rumble, amiibo functionality, and motion controls.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.