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How to create a new Nintendo account on Switch

Nintendo Switch screen creating an account
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If you've just purchased a Nintendo Switch system and a physical game card to go with it, you may not have even tried visiting the digital game store yet. Nintendo's eShop is where you can buy games, watch videos, and even sample demos of some games. You can do some things in the eShop without an account, but if you want to purchase a digital game, you'll need a Nintendo account. Here's how to set one up.

How to set up your Nintendo account

1. Select the eShop icon from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch, characterized by the orange shopping bag.

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2. Select your User profile.

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3. Select Link a Nintendo Account when asked to sign into your Nintendo account.

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4. Select Create Account when asked to sign in to your Nintendo account.

Creating a new Nintendo Account

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5. Select Send account creation instructions via e-mail.

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6. Enter your information, including birthday and email address.

7. Using a computer or smart device, open the email from Nintendo.

8. Click the link in the email to create a Nintendo account.

9. Select Add an account for myself.

10. Enter the relevant account information.

11. Hit Submit when you're finished. When you've created your account, you'll be given a five-digit code to enter on your Nintendo Switch.

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12. Go back to your Switch and enter the five-digit code.

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13. In the setup screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Continue.

14. Choose whether you want to always enter your password, or skip your password login while using the Switch.

Once your Nintendo account is all set up, you can add funds to it so all you have to do is hit the "Buy" button when you're ready.

Ready to go

Nintendo has streamlined their account creation so you can get set up and playing Nintendo Switch games quickly and easily: no hassle. There are tons of amazing games to explore in the eShop, including some great sales. Now that your account is ready, enjoy spending a little time looking around.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

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. 

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