How to Add Friends on the Nintendo Switch

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Games are more fun when played with friends. On the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to add someone to your friend list before you can play a game with him. Here’s how to send and receive friend invites on the Switch.

How to Add a Friend on the Nintendo Switch

There are two ways to add a friend on the Nintendo Switch: send a friend request using someone’s friend code, or accept a friend request sent to you. Additionally, you can search for friends locally using Bluetooth.

Related: What’s Included with a Nintendo Switch Online Subscription?

Once you’ve added a friend on the Nintendo Switch, both of you must have purchased a Nintendo Online Subscription to play any games online.

How to Find Your Friend Code

After following the Nintendo Switch setup process, you’ll be assigned a 12-digit friend code automatically. This friend code will start with “SW” and can be viewed on your main profile page or at the bottom-right of the “Add Friend” page.

The Profile Page is located in the top-left corner of the home screen. Use your left Joy-Con to navigate to your avatar, and then press the physical “A” button on the right Joy-Con.

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To add a friend on the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to share your friend code (or receive another players’ friend code).

First, navigate to your Nintendo Switch Profile Page on the Home menu, and then navigate to the “Add Friend” tab.

Your Nintendo Switch Friend Code is located in the bottom-right corner, and it typically starts with “SW,” followed by 12 digits.

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You can choose to manage any received friend requests, search for local users, use a friend code to send a friend invite, or check on the requests you’ve sent.

Accept a Friend Request

Any friend requests you receive will appear in the “Received Friend Request” menu. You can choose to accept or decline these.

Select "Received Friend Requests" to accept or decline.

Send a Friend Request

If you’ve acquired someone’s friend code, you can input the code by selecting “Search with Friend Code” from the “Add Friend” menu.

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Type the friend’s 12-digit code, and an outgoing friend request will be sent to that person. Any sent friend requests can be managed by navigating to the “Sent Friend Requests” menu option under “Search with Friend Code.”

Add Friends Locally

This option will let you exchange friend requests with people in the same room. It doesn’t require an internet connection, as it uses Bluetooth to search for local consoles.

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To add friends locally, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. If the Nintendo Switch console is not connected to the internet, the friend request will be temporarily saved on the console. The friend request will then be sent automatically the next time the console connects to the internet.

Add Friends You’ve Played with Before

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Some online multiplayer games will pair you up with random online players that you can send friend requests to later. From the “Add Friend” submenu, select “Search for Users You Played with,” and then invite someone you recently played with to connect.

Friend Suggestions

Select the “Friend Suggestions” option to send friend requests to people you’re friends with on Nintendo smart-device apps, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Any social media accounts must be linked before the Nintendo Switch can search for friends. To link a social media account to your Nintendo Account, select an option by clicking the “L” or “R” trigger on your Joy-Cons. Follow the onscreen set-up instructions.

Nintendo Switch User Settings

If you’d like to reissue a new friend code, manage your blocked-user list, or clear any linked social media accounts, you can do so under the “User Settings” submenu. Select your avatar on the Switch’s home screen to get to this submenu.

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This is also where you manage your nickname, icon, account information, and eShop settings.

Once you have some friends added, you can begin connecting in multiplayer games more easily.

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