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How to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online
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Play your favorite Nintendo Switch games online with your friends and family with Nintendo Switch Online. Membership to Nintendo Switch Online gives you access to a free library of more than 70 Super NES and NES Classic games, cloud backup data, and a way to connect through voice chat with your friends on the mobile app. You can get a membership every month, a 3-month membership, a year-long membership, or for a family of up to 8 users for a year. You also get special deals on Nintendo products. Follow our step-by-step guide to get signed up!

Make sure you are up to date

The first thing you are going to need to do is to ensure that your Switch has the newest firmware installed. Here's how to do that.

  1. From your home screen, select System Settings.

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  1. Scroll all the way down to System.

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  1. Select System Update.

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  1. If your Switch needs to be updated. Now is the time to do so.

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Now that your Switch is all up to date and ready to go, you can sign up for the service.

Sign up!

  1. From your home screen, select Nintendo eShop.

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  1. On the menu on the left choose Nintendo Switch Online.

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  1. Select Membership Options.

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  1. From here you can choose an Individual Membership or Family Membership.
  2. Download the app from the eShop. This will be automatically prompted after you finish these steps.

Get your online membership today

Nintendo Switch Online lets you save data online through Cloud, use the smartphone app for features like voice calling, and playing online with your friends and family. If you want a little more out of your membership and would like to also add Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 games to your library, you will want to see how to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Check out all of these membership options to see which one fits you best!

Nintendo Switch Online 3-Month Membership

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Nintendo Switch Online 3-Month Individual Membership (opens in new tab) ($8 at Best Buy)

This Nintendo Switch Online membership comes with access to Cloud storage, multiplayer options, and access to the smartphone app for three months.

Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership

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Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Family Membership (opens in new tab) ($35 at Best Buy)

This Nintendo Switch Online membership comes with access to Cloud storage, multiplayer options, and access to the smartphone app for twelve months for up to eight users.

Alex Huebner
Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.