How to Manage User Profiles on a Nintendo Switch

Introduction

Having a Nintendo Network ID and Local User profile on the Switch will enable the console to store your saved game data, achievements, screenshots and video to the cloud as well as remember your preferences.

What you need before you start:

  • The Nintendo Switch should be connected to a reliable Internet connection.

? What would you like to do?

  1. Create a Nintendo Network ID
  2. Create a new user profile
  3. Delete a User Profile
  4. Create a Child's Account
  5. Nothing, I'm done

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Having a Nintendo Network ID and Local User profile on the Switch will enable the console to store your saved game data, achievements, screenshots and video to the cloud as well as remember your preferences.

What you need before you start:

  • The Nintendo Switch should be connected to a reliable Internet connection.
  1. Select System Settings.
    Nintendo Switch home screen highlighting the system settings icon.
  2. Scroll down to Users.
  3. Select the User.
    Nintendo Switch system settings menu highlighting the user option, and the available user accounts.
  4. Select Link Nintendo Account.
    Nintendo Switch user settings menu highlighting the link to a nintendo account.
  5. Select Create Account.
    Nintendo Switch new user screen highlighting the create account button.
  6. On your PC or smart device, visit http://accounts.nintendo.com and create a Nintendo Account.
  7. Once you have created the Nintendo Account, return to the Nintendo Switch and click Sign In.
  8. Sign in using the information for your Nintendo Account.
  1. Select System Settings.
    Nintendo Switch home screen highlighting the system settings icon.
  2. Select Users.
  3. Select Add User.
    Nintendo Switch system settings menu highlighting the user option and the add new user button.
  4. Set your Icon.
    Nintendo Switch new user screen prompting the user to select an icon for the account.
  5. Select a Background Color.
    Nintendo Switch new user screen prompting the user to select a background color.
  6. Enter a nickname.
    Nintendo Switch new user screen prompting the user to enter a nickname.
  7. From here you can sign in and link your Nintendo Network ID or skip the process.
    Nintendo Switch new user screen displaying options for linking to a Nintendo account.
  1. Select System Settings.
    Nintendo Switch home screen highlighting the system settings icon.
  2. Select Users.
  3. Select the User Account you want to delete.
    Nintendo switch system settings menu highlighting the user option and the available user accounts.
  4. Select Delete User.
    Nintendo switch user settings screen highlighting the delete user option.
  5. Check the box next to Delete.
    Nintendo switch delete user screen highlighting the delete check box and next buttons.
  6. Tap Delete This User.
    Nintendo switch delete user confirmation screen highlighting the delete this user button.
  7. Tap OK once the account is deleted.
    Confirmation that the user account has been successfully deleted.

If you already have a Nintendo Account

  1. Sign In to your Nintendo Account at http://accounts.nintendo.com.
  2. Select Parental Controls.
  3. Select Create an account for a child.
    Nintendo Switch user settings screen highlighting the parental controls option and the create an account for a child button.
  4. Next, enter information for the child who will use the account.
  5. After confirming the content, select OK.

 If you do not already have a Nintendo Account

  1. Visit the http://accounts.nintendo.com.
  2. Select Create a Nintendo Account and follow the instructions on screen.
  3. After creating the parent or guardian's Nintendo Account, follow the instructions above to create a child account.
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