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How to Access the Hidden Web Browser on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has always been quite strict about how users can interact with its devices. Even features that are built into the Switch, such as Bluetooth, were only enabled when Nintendo deemed it appropriate. Among the features that Nintendo will likely never officially enable is a dedicated web browser. However, some resourceful users have managed to find a workaround by exploiting the hotspot feature.

To access the browser without using the typical hotspot method, you need to trick the console by manually entering a primary DNS address. We will guide you on how to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser by utilizing SwitchBru, a free hosted DNS server that redirects your queries to Google’s public DNS servers. According to SwitchBru, your connection is encrypted.

However, it is important to note that you will be connecting to a third-party service. SwitchBru claims that it doesn’t collect information like your IP address and browsing habits, but it does offer a free service for storing your favorite links and preferences.

Steps to Use the Web Browser

Step 1: Access the System Settings by tapping or selecting the gear icon on the home screen.

How to use hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 1

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Internet option on the following screen.

Step 3: Choose Internet Settings on the right.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 3

Step 4: Tap or select an internet connection.

Step 5: On the next screen, tap or select Change Settings.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 5

Step 6: Scroll down and select DNS Settings.

Step 7: Opt for Manual in the pop-up window at the bottom.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 7

Step 8: Choose Primary DNS, remove all the zeroes, and enter this address:

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045.055.142.122

Select OK or tap the “plus” button to proceed.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 8

Step 9: Tap or select the Save button.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 9

Step 10: Tap or select Connect to This Network on the next screen.

Step 11: The connection might appear to fail and require registration. Tap or select Next.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - Step 11

Step 12: You will now see the SwitchBru DNS homepage on your screen. Here is the actual address you can access on any device:

https://dns.switchbru.com

As shown below, you can tap or select the Continue to Google button to load a basic Google search page. On the left, you’ll find six categories:

  • Google: Search the internet.
  • Enter URL: Enter a specific address.
  • News: The latest news from SwitchBru.
  • Feedback: Take SwitchBru’s survey to provide feedback about the browsing experience.
  • Useful Links: Add custom links and access general and Switch-related links.
  • Settings: Change the theme (white or black), manage notifications, disable ads, and more.

How to use the hidden Nintendo Switch browser - SwitchBru DNS page

Disconnecting the Web Browser

To revert to the original settings and disable the web browser, follow the earlier instructions from Step 1 to Step 5. Alternatively, when you reach the connection settings screen, follow these steps:

Step 1: Scroll down and select the DNS Settings option. A pop-up page will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Choose the Automatic selection.

Step 3: Press the Save button. After doing this, click the OK button to complete the process.

We should note that if you encounter any connection issues using the Automatic setting, you can use these instructions to manually adjust the primary and secondary DNS numbers. For example, Google’s DNS addresses are:

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8.8.8.8 (primary)
8.8.4.4 (secondary)

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