How to Set Up a Nintendo Switch

Introduction

The Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.

This guide will help you set up your Nintendo Switch for the first time.
A nintendo switch

1 Charging

  1. Connect the USB plug from the Nintendo Switch AC adapter into the USB connector on the bottom of the console.
  2. Connect the AC adapter into the wall outlet.
    A nintendo switch showing the ac adapter being plugged into the bottom of the switch

  3. The system will power on after you connect the AC adapter provided.

2 Joy-Con Controllers

Attach Joy-Con Controllers

  1. With the Switch LCD facing you, align thesymbol on the left Joy-Con with the top left corner of console, and align the symbol on the Joy-Con with the top right corner of the console.
    Nintendo Switch screen with JoyCons, arrows highlighting + and - buttons
     
  2. Using the rail on the side of the console, slide the Joy-Con from top to bottom, until you hear a click.
    Nintendo Switch with joycon being pushed down into place
  3. Once the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the system, they are registered, and can now be detached and used.

Detach Joy-Con Controllers

  1. Press and hold the release button at the back of the Joy-Con.
    Back of Nintendo Switch console showing release button on Joycon

  2. Slide the Joy-Con from bottom to top.
    Nintendo Switch Console screen with Joy-Con being pulled up
  3. Ensure that the slide lock on the Joy-Con strap is in the unlock position (down).
    Nintendo Joy-Con strap being unlocked
  4. Make sure the Joy-Con straps are correctly oriented by aligning the + or -.
    Nintendo Joy-Con and straps showing proper alignment with + and -

  5. Attach the Joy-Con straps to the Joy-Con controllers using the rail on the side of the Joy-Con. Slide the Joy-Con strap from top to bottom until you hear a click.Nintendo Joy-Con with strap being pushed down

  6. Ensure the slide lock on the Joy-Con strap is in the lock position (up).Nintendo Joy-Con strap being locked

Checking the Charge of the Joy-Con

  1. From the Switch Home Menu, select Controllers.
    Nintendo Switch Home Menu with controllers highlighted

  2. You can see the charge of each Joy-Con here.
    Nintendo Switch controller menu with battery charges highlighted

Charging the Joy-Con Controllers with the Console

  1. You can charge the Joy-Con using the Switch Console.
  2. Attach the Joy-Con to the console.
    Nintendo switch console with joy-cons being pushed down into place

  3. Plug the console into the charger.
    Nintendo switch console with arrows showing plugs going into the console and adapter into the wall

Charging the Joy-Con Controllers with the Charging Grip

  1. Attach the controllers to the Joy-Con Charging Grip.
    Nintendo Joy-Cons being attached to the Charging grip

  2. Plug the charging grip either into the Switch Dock or the AC Adapter.
    Nintendo Joy-Con shown connecting to Switch Dock and AC adapter

 

 Take a Screenshot

  1. Press the screenshot button.
    Nintendo Switch console showing the screenshot button highlighted on the left Joy-Con

3 Language, Region, and EULA

  1. Select your language by tapping or using the controller.
    Nintendo switch setup screen showing english selected

  2. Select your Region.
    Nintendo switch setup screen showing region selection

  3. Accept the EULA.
    Nintendo switch setup screen with EULA.

4 Internet Settings

  1. After accepting the EULA, the Switch will search for available wireless networks.
    Nintendo switch searching for networks

  2. Select your Network.
    Nintendo switch network list

  3. After typing in your password, the Switch will try to connect.
    Nintendo switch successfully connected

5 Time Zone

  1. Select your time zone.
    Nintendo switch time zone selection

6 Account Setup

  1. Set your Icon.
    Nintendo switch icon selection

  2. Select a Background Color.
    Nintendo switch background color selection

  3. Enter a nickname.
    Nintendo switch nickname

  4. From here you can sign in and link your Nintendo Network ID or skip the process.
    Nintendo switch Nintendo network ID link page

7 Parental Controls

  1. Configure your Parental Controls by tapping it on screen.
    Nintendo switch configure parental controls

  2. You can choose whether to set up your Parental Controls by using a mobile device or the console.
    Nintendo switch select of whether to setup parental controls with a smart device or with the console

  3. Using the console you can restrict gameplay based on age settings or create your own custom restrictions.

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The Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.

This guide will help you set up your Nintendo Switch for the first time.
A nintendo switch

  1. Connect the USB plug from the Nintendo Switch AC adapter into the USB connector on the bottom of the console.
  2. Connect the AC adapter into the wall outlet.
    A nintendo switch showing the ac adapter being plugged into the bottom of the switch

  3. The system will power on after you connect the AC adapter provided.

Attach Joy-Con Controllers

  1. With the Switch LCD facing you, align thesymbol on the left Joy-Con with the top left corner of console, and align the symbol on the Joy-Con with the top right corner of the console.
    Nintendo Switch screen with JoyCons, arrows highlighting + and - buttons
     
  2. Using the rail on the side of the console, slide the Joy-Con from top to bottom, until you hear a click.
    Nintendo Switch with joycon being pushed down into place
  3. Once the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the system, they are registered, and can now be detached and used.

Detach Joy-Con Controllers

  1. Press and hold the release button at the back of the Joy-Con.
    Back of Nintendo Switch console showing release button on Joycon

  2. Slide the Joy-Con from bottom to top.
    Nintendo Switch Console screen with Joy-Con being pulled up
  3. Ensure that the slide lock on the Joy-Con strap is in the unlock position (down).
    Nintendo Joy-Con strap being unlocked
  4. Make sure the Joy-Con straps are correctly oriented by aligning the + or -.
    Nintendo Joy-Con and straps showing proper alignment with + and -

  5. Attach the Joy-Con straps to the Joy-Con controllers using the rail on the side of the Joy-Con. Slide the Joy-Con strap from top to bottom until you hear a click.Nintendo Joy-Con with strap being pushed down

  6. Ensure the slide lock on the Joy-Con strap is in the lock position (up).Nintendo Joy-Con strap being locked

Checking the Charge of the Joy-Con

  1. From the Switch Home Menu, select Controllers.
    Nintendo Switch Home Menu with controllers highlighted

  2. You can see the charge of each Joy-Con here.
    Nintendo Switch controller menu with battery charges highlighted

Charging the Joy-Con Controllers with the Console

  1. You can charge the Joy-Con using the Switch Console.
  2. Attach the Joy-Con to the console.
    Nintendo switch console with joy-cons being pushed down into place

  3. Plug the console into the charger.
    Nintendo switch console with arrows showing plugs going into the console and adapter into the wall

Charging the Joy-Con Controllers with the Charging Grip

  1. Attach the controllers to the Joy-Con Charging Grip.
    Nintendo Joy-Cons being attached to the Charging grip

  2. Plug the charging grip either into the Switch Dock or the AC Adapter.
    Nintendo Joy-Con shown connecting to Switch Dock and AC adapter

 

 Take a Screenshot

  1. Press the screenshot button.
    Nintendo Switch console showing the screenshot button highlighted on the left Joy-Con
  1. Select your language by tapping or using the controller.
    Nintendo switch setup screen showing english selected

  2. Select your Region.
    Nintendo switch setup screen showing region selection

  3. Accept the EULA.
    Nintendo switch setup screen with EULA.
  1. After accepting the EULA, the Switch will search for available wireless networks.
    Nintendo switch searching for networks

  2. Select your Network.
    Nintendo switch network list

  3. After typing in your password, the Switch will try to connect.
    Nintendo switch successfully connected
  1. Select your time zone.
    Nintendo switch time zone selection
  1. Set your Icon.
    Nintendo switch icon selection

  2. Select a Background Color.
    Nintendo switch background color selection

  3. Enter a nickname.
    Nintendo switch nickname

  4. From here you can sign in and link your Nintendo Network ID or skip the process.
    Nintendo switch Nintendo network ID link page
  1. Configure your Parental Controls by tapping it on screen.
    Nintendo switch configure parental controls

  2. You can choose whether to set up your Parental Controls by using a mobile device or the console.
    Nintendo switch select of whether to setup parental controls with a smart device or with the console

  3. Using the console you can restrict gameplay based on age settings or create your own custom restrictions.
  1. Open the back of the Switch dock.
    Nintendo switch dock showing back panel opened
  2. Connect the USB plug from the Nintendo Switch AC adapter into the top terminal of the dock labeled AC ADAPTER, then connect the other end of the AC adapter to a wall outlet.
  3. Connect one end of the HDMI cable into the bottom terminal of the dock labeled HDMI OUT, then connect the other end into an HDMI port on your television or monitor.
    Nintendo switch dock showing AC Adapter and HDMI Out plugs
  4. Close the back of the Dock.
  5. Position the console so that the LCD screen faces in the same direction as the front panel on the dock, then insert the console into the dock.
    Nintendo switch dock showing the console inserted
  6. Turn the TV set on, and select the correct HDMI input.
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