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How to Set Up the Nintendo Switch

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need to know

  • Open the new game console and follow the onscreen instructions to configure preferences such as language, region and Wi-Fi network.
  • You can configure the Wi-Fi and then connect a Nintendo Account.
  • After installing the console, press the home button and insert a game cartridge to start playing.

This article teaches you how to set up a new Nintendo Switch and get started. Instructions cover Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

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How to set up Nintendo Switch

Setting up the Nintendo Switch is pretty simple and intuitive, but it’s useful to know what to expect. Take a look at the best way to set up Nintendo Switch so you can play quickly.

The configuration is the same for all Switch devices.

Turn on Nintendo Switch.

Tap the language in which you want to use the Nintendo Switch.

Tap on your geographic area.

Nintendo Switch setup screen with geo-region options

To touch Next.

Nintendo Switch Setup Screen with Next highlighted under Important Information

Tap on your choice of Wi-Fi network.

Nintendo Switch setup screen with internet settings highlighted

You can skip this step by clicking the X to return later.

Enter your network password.

To touch OK.

Tap your time zone.

Nintendo Switch setup with highlighted time zones

To touch Next.

To touch Create new user.

Nintendo Switch Setup with Create New User

If you’re switching from an existing Nintendo Switch console, tap . Import a user.

Select your profile icon.

Nintendo Switch Setup Add User screen

Enter your nickname and tap . OK.

Choose to link your Nintendo Account or choose to do so later.

Nintendo Switch setup with highlighted login and link to link a Nintendo Account

Add or tap additional users Bounce.

Nintendo Switch Setup Screen with Add User highlighted

To touch Next.

To touch Bounce or choose Set parental controls now.

Nintendo Switch setup with Set Parental Controls options highlighted

tighten house Press the button to start using your Nintendo Switch.

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Using your Nintendo Switch can be a little confusing at first, so here’s how to get started.

Insert a game cartridge into the top of the Nintendo Switch console and tap the game to start playing.

Nintendo Switch home screen with a highlighted game to play

Alternatively, go to the Nintendo eShop to purchase digital download games to play on your console.

You need a Nintendo Account to purchase games this way.

Tune in system settings by going to System Settings and tweaking anything you think needs tweaking.

How to Link a Nintendo Account to Your Nintendo Switch

If you’ve set up your Nintendo Switch and realized you want to add a Nintendo Account, the process is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it.

To touch Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo Switch home screen with Nintendo eShop highlighted

To touch Sign in and connect.

Choose to sign in to an existing account using an email address or smartphone, or tap . create a new account.

Link a Nintendo Account screen on Nintendo Switch

Creating a new account on your PC, Mac or smartphone should be complete.

Complete the process so you can now purchase items and add friends from the Nintendo eShop.

What else can I do with my Nintendo Switch?

Besides playing games, you can do other things on Nintendo Switch. Here’s a quick overview of what you can do.

  • watch youtube. You can watch YouTube videos on your Nintendo Switch just as you would on your smartphone or computer.
  • Buy Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo Switch Online is a paid subscription that lets you play online multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and download games like Tetris 99. It also gives you access to NES and SNES games from the growing library of free games.

Connecting Nintendo Switch to TV


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How to Set Up the Nintendo Switch

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What to Know
Turn the new games console on and follow on-screen instructions to set up preferences like language, region, and Wi-Fi network.
You can set up Wi-Fi and link a Nintendo account at a later time.
Press the home button, then insert a game cartridge to begin playing once you’ve set up the console.

This article teaches you how to set up a new Nintendo Switch and how to begin using it. Instructions cover the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Nintendo Switch (OLED model).

Check out more on Nintendo Switch OLED setup
How to Set Up the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch setup is pretty straightforward and quite intuitive, but it’s helpful to know what to expect. Here’s a look at how best to set up the Nintendo Switch so you can be gaming in no time. 

Set up is the same for all Switch devices.

Turn the Nintendo Switch on.

Tap the language you wish to use the Nintendo Switch in.

Tap your geographical region.

Tap Next.

Tap your choice of Wi-Fi network.

You can skip this step by clicking X to return to it later.

Enter your network password.

Tap OK.

Tap on your time zone.

Tap Next.

Tap Create New User.

If you’re moving from an existing Nintendo Switch console, tap Import a User.

Choose your profile icon.

Enter your nickname and tap OK.

Choose to link your Nintendo account or opt to do it later.

Add additional users or tap Skip.

Tap Next.

Tap Skip or select Set Parental Controls now.

Press the home button to begin using your Nintendo Switch.

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How to Use Nintendo Switch the First Time

Using your Nintendo Switch can be a little confusing at first, so here’s how to get started.

Insert a game cartridge into the top of the Nintendo Switch console, then tap on the game to begin playing it.

Alternatively, scroll down to Nintendo eShop to buy digital download games to play on the console.

You need a Nintendo account to purchase games this way. 

Adjust System Settings by scrolling to System Settings and tweaking anything you feel needs adjusting. 

How to Link a Nintendo Account to Your Nintendo Switch

If you’ve set up your Nintendo Switch and realized you wish to add a Nintendo account, the process is quite simple. Here’s how to do it.

Tap Nintendo eShop.

Tap Sign In and Link.

Choose to sign in to an existing account via an email address or smartphone, or tap Create a new account.

Creating a new account must be completed on your PC, Mac, or smartphone.

Complete the process so you can now purchase items from the Nintendo eShop as well as add friends.

What Else Can I Do With My Nintendo Switch?

Besides playing games, you can also do other things on the Nintendo Switch. Here’s a quick overview of what you can do.

Watch YouTube. You can watch YouTube videos on your Nintendo Switch just like doing so on your smartphone or computer.
Purchase Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo Switch Online is a paid subscription that allows you to play online multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and download games such as Tetris 99. It also gives you access to NES and SNES games in a growing library of free games.
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