The Nintendo Switch Online app sees the rollout of its 2.0 update

Nintendo Switch with Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Switch Online app
Nintendo Switch with Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Switch Online app (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo Switch Online is an online subscription service that offers online play functionality, as well as access to a catalogue of retro games.
  • The only official way to experience voice chat functionality on Nintendo Switch is through the companion app for Nintendo Switch Online.
  • The Nintendo Switch Online app recently received its 2.0 update, featuring friends lists and a new layout.

Though fans criticised its lack of features when it first released, the Nintendo Switch Online app has continued to improve with updates over time. After four years of being available, the app finally received its 2.0 update.

User OatmealDome on Twitter highlights some of the new features of the Nintendo Switch Online app in a tweet, showing the drastic changes Nintendo made to the app's presentation.

Among the changes to the Nintendo Switch Online app include the ability to view your entire Friends List. Users can see who is online and what they're playing, with a special indicator for people listed as "Best Friends" in their Friends List. Users can view and copy their own Nintendo Switch Friend Code to paste elsewhere, as well as personalize their settings for receiving push notifications and voice chat alerts.

While the app is far from perfect and voice chat is still a pain to implement using official channels, it's always a good sign to see a company continue on working to improve their product. The update is free and available right now for all Nintendo Switch Online users.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.