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How to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online

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!

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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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  2. Scroll all the way down to System.

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  3. Select System Update.

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  4. 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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  2. Look down on your left, and you will see a new selection. Choose Nintendo Switch Online.

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  3. Select Membership Options.

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  4. From here you can choose to start a 7-day free trial or you can dive right in and sign up fully.

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  5. Download the app from the eShop. This will be automatically prompted after you finish these steps.

It is essential to keep in mind that if you choose to take the 7-day free trial, it will automatically convert to a single monthly subscription once the trial period is over. That is, unfortunately, the least cost-effective way to subscribe. You would be way better off with a yearly subscription. You can pick up one of those Now for only $20.

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. Check out all of these membership options to see which one fits you best!