Nintendo Switch Online

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About this app

The Nintendo Switch Online app enhances your online gameplay experience on your Nintendo Switch™ system. With this app, you can access game-specific services, view your online friends, and use voice chat during online play—all of which allow you to get even more out of online play.

Note: A Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) is required to use certain features of this app.

◆ Software with game-specific services:

 ・ Splatoon™ 3
   ・ Check the online status of friends playing Splatoon 3
   ・ View detailed results from battles or Salmon Run
   ・ Check the upcoming Stage Schedule

 ・ Animal Crossing™: New Horizons
   ・ Send custom designs made in Animal Crossing
    titles for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems to
    Animal Crossing: New Horizons
   ・ Use your smartphone to input chat messages
    for in-game communication
   ・ Check whether your Best Friends are online

 ・ Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate
   ・ View posted videos and images
   ・ Queue up user-created stages for downloading to your game
   ・ View notifications about upcoming events

 ・ Splatoon™ 2
   ・ View detailed results from battles or Salmon Run
   ・ Check rankings and stage schedules

◆ View your online friends
You can see which of your friends are online from your smartphone—and which games they're playing. You can even send friend requests right from the app!

Note: Some friend features, like adding friends, can only be accessed from a Nintendo Switch system.

◆ Use voice chat during online play
From this app, you can join in on voice chat while playing supported software online. By using the app, your voice-chat status will be automatically synced with the game status—and in games that support team battles, like Splatoon 3, you can choose to chat with just the players who are on your team.

● Nintendo Account age 13+ required to access some online features, including voice chat and social-networking services.
● Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) required to use certain features.
● Nintendo Switch system and compatible Nintendo Switch software required to use voice chat and other features.
● Compatible smartphone required.
● Persistent Internet connection required.
● Data charges may apply.
● May include advertising.

Nintendo Switch Online is not available in all countries. Terms apply.
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Updated on
May 18, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

61.2K reviews
Clone Mike The Hedgehog
February 20, 2023
This app is good at what it does, but It proposes a problem: "What if I want to voice chat with my friends?" That might sound simple, just text them on discord or something, but what if you only know them on the switch? You can't communicate to them AT. ALL. the only way you can is if you both are friends on animal crossing, which is hard. Its good for its job, but nintendo really needs a text-chat feature either on the app or on the switch itself. We just need to message our friends. That's it.
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Autumn Sprinkles (Kyana)
October 31, 2020
I love using this app to communicate with friends while playing Smash Ultimate or Animal Crossing, but the latest update has a few some issues. After updating the app, as soon as I tried to open ACNH companion software the interface/buttons began to glitch, flicker, or even flash in and out of view. It was pretty strange, so I immediately closed the app and haven't used it since. I'm not sure what could have caused this, but please fix it if you can.
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A Google user
July 9, 2019
Desperately needs a overhaul and new features. This far into the Switch's life, we should have been been able to message our friends, have game hubs, use voice chat from the console instead of the app, and over more features for a paid subscription. The Xbox app for example, has a ton of features in such a small package, and doesn't even require Xbox Live Gold to get any real use out of.
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What's new

Bug fixes implemented.