Nintendo Switch Family

Purchasing a Nintendo Switch Online family membership provides the Nintendo Switch Online service to everyone in the purchaser’s Nintendo Account family group (up to 8 Nintendo Account users).

Nintendo Switch New User Videos! On behalf of Nintendo, we thank and congratulate you on recently acquiring a Nintendo Switch. To help you get started with set-up and use of your system, we have created the videos below. Allows up to eight Nintendo Accounts in a family group to use Nintendo Switch Online services, provided the accounts are set to supported countries. Family memberships can be purchased only.

  • Family memberships can be purchased by anyone aged 18+.
  • Family memberships can include members with Nintendo Accounts with different country settings, but keep in mind that not all features of the Nintendo Switch online service are available in all countries.
  • Players using a family membership can access the Nintendo Switch Online service via the same Nintendo Switch system or multiple systems – everyone does not have to use the same system.
  • Multiple users on the same console are not automatically covered by a family membership. If one player purchases a family membership, the others will still need to be added to the family group to use the service.
  • The Nintendo Switch Online membership will automatically apply to everyone in the family group, including people that are added to the group later.
  • The purchaser does not have to be the account admin for the group. However, only the account admin for the family group can add or remove people from the group.
  • If the person that purchased the family membership leaves the family group, the other members of the family group can no longer use the features of the Nintendo Switch Online service (including Save Data Cloud backup) until they become a member again.
  • If a person that did not purchase the family membership leaves the family group, they will no longer be covered by the service.
  • Nintendo Accounts covered by a family membership cannot purchase or redeem a code for an individual membership.
  • Family memberships cannot be combined with individual memberships to extend the membership term.
    • If someone with an individual membership joins a group with a family membership, they will receive the service for the length of time that is longest – they will not receive both time-frames total.
    • If you are added to someone else’s family membership, make sure to adjust your auto-renewal settings appropriately.

Create Nintendo Accounts for kids to let them earn and redeem their own My Nintendo points.

If you’re a parent or guardian of children ages 12 or younger, you can create and manage separate Nintendo Accounts for them with a Nintendo Account family group.

This lets kids have fun earning and redeeming My Nintendo points on their own accounts, while letting you manage multiple Nintendo Accounts within your family group. Plus, you’ll get notifications at your registered email address any time something is purchased using the child’s account.


Parents, here’s how you can get your child set up:

Step 1:

Log in to your Nintendo Account at If you don’t yet have one, you need to create an account for yourself first.

Step 2:

Select “Family group” from the menu on the left. Select “Add member,” then “Create an account for a child.”

Step 3:

Enter the child’s date of birth.

Step 4:

When you create the first Nintendo Account for a child age 12 or younger, it will require you to provide verifiable parental consent. This is done by processing a one-time $.50 charge using your credit card. Once this charge is processed, you may add accounts for additional children to the family group with no additional verification required. (There can be up to 8 members total in a Nintendo Account family group.)

Step 5:

After the consent process has been completed, you can create additional accounts at any time.

YYour child’s Nintendo Account will appear in the “Family group” area of your account settings. You can adjust settings such as purchase restrictions for Nintendo eShop and for each account.

Remember to share the User ID and password with your child so that he/she can use the account.

Step 6:

You’ll receive an email notification any time a purchase is made on a Nintendo system, the Nintendo website, or via a Nintendo smartphone app using the child account.

A note about family groups:

Keep in mind that you’ll only see the “Add member” option on your Nintendo Account settings page if you are the admin of your family group.

Nintendo Switch Family

If this option isn’t appearing and you are part of a family group already, check to see who the admin of the group is. The admin will need to either add the new member or transfer the admin rights to you before you can continue. To be an admin, you must be at least 18 years old.

To learn more about different roles within family groups, visit Support.

Nintendo Switch Family Group

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Note that you can also create accounts for children between the ages of 13 and 17 without the one-time verified parental consent fee. Visit your Nintendo Account page to get started at any time.