How to Check Connection on Nintendo Switch

Introduction

Like all modern video game consoles, including your Nintendo Switch, you can connect to the internet in order to play with friends, download and purchase new games, and enjoy sharing your experience with others online. Checking your Nintendo Switch's connection to the internet is quick and easy to do.
Nintendo Switch device displaying Wi-Fi status icon.

Out of the box, your Nintendo Switch can only connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. An additional USB accessory can be purchased to allow the Switch to make use of a hardwired Ethernet connection.

1 Am I Connected to a Network

You can see whether or not you are connected to a network by following these steps.

  1. Select the System Settings icon.
    Main Menu with System Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and select Internet.
    System Settings with Internet Highlighted
  3. Depending on you connection status, you will see one of the following:

    Connected
    Connected to network

    Not Connected
    Not connected to network

2 Connection Test

  1. Select the System Settings icon.
    Main Menu with System Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and select Internet.
    System Settings with Internet highlighted
  3. Select Test Connection.
    System Settings with Test Connection highlighted
  4. When the test is complete you will get one of the following:

    Successful Connection
    Successful Connection Test

    Failed Connection
    Failed Connection Test

If the connection failed:
Navigate to https://www.nintendo.com/consumer/network/en_na/network_status.jsp to check the status of Nintendo's online services.

? Did the connection test pass?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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Like all modern video game consoles, including your Nintendo Switch, you can connect to the internet in order to play with friends, download and purchase new games, and enjoy sharing your experience with others online. Checking your Nintendo Switch's connection to the internet is quick and easy to do.
Nintendo Switch device displaying Wi-Fi status icon.

Out of the box, your Nintendo Switch can only connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. An additional USB accessory can be purchased to allow the Switch to make use of a hardwired Ethernet connection.

You can see whether or not you are connected to a network by following these steps.

  1. Select the System Settings icon.
    Main Menu with System Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and select Internet.
    System Settings with Internet Highlighted
  3. Depending on you connection status, you will see one of the following:

    Connected
    Connected to network

    Not Connected
    Not connected to network

  1. Select the System Settings icon.
    Main Menu with System Settings highlighted
  2. Scroll down and select Internet.
    System Settings with Internet highlighted
  3. Select Test Connection.
    System Settings with Test Connection highlighted
  4. When the test is complete you will get one of the following:

    Successful Connection
    Successful Connection Test

    Failed Connection
    Failed Connection Test

If the connection failed:
Navigate to https://www.nintendo.com/consumer/network/en_na/network_status.jsp to check the status of Nintendo's online services.

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