How to Share Games on Your Nintendo Switch

Just like the Xbox Series X and the PS5, you have the option to gameshare on your Nintendo Switch. Whether you own a digital copy of a game, you can easily share it with a friend using the original Switch, Switch OLED, or even the Switch Lite. Here’s a guide on how to gameshare on the Nintendo Switch.

What You Should Know Before Starting

Before diving into gamesharing, there are a few important details to keep in mind. Gamesharing on the Nintendo Switch only applies to digital games; physical games must be shared in the traditional way. Additionally, only one player can access a game at a time. The primary console, typically your own Nintendo Switch, grants you access to all games, both online and offline. On the other hand, the secondary console, the one you’re sharing with, can only access games when connected to the internet.

Nintendo Switch Lite

How to Gameshare on Nintendo Switch

Gamesharing on the Nintendo Switch is essentially a matter of signing out from your account on one console and signing into your account on another. To get started, you’ll need a user account, an internet connection, and a digital game you want to share. However, before proceeding with gamesharing, there are a few necessary steps to take.

Step 1: Purchase the game using your Nintendo account. It’s crucial to buy the Switch game you want to share through your own Nintendo account. This refers to the account you usually use on your own Switch system.

Nintendo Switch Homescreen

Step 2: Open the eShop as usual, buy the game, and fully download it onto your system.

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Step 3: Remove your primary console registration. Go to the eShop, then tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner.

Step 4: At the very bottom of the screen, you’ll find an option labeled “Primary Console.” Deactivate this option. As long as you’re still signed in to your Nintendo account on this console and have an internet connection, you’ll still be able to access your games.

Nintendo Switch Console Comparison

Step 5: Designate the second Switch as your new primary console.

Step 6: On the second Nintendo Switch, which you’ll be gamesharing with, sign in using the same Nintendo account used on the first system. Since you’ve already removed the registration on the first Switch, the second Switch will automatically become your primary console.

Step 7: Download the game you want to play onto the second Switch.

Nintendo Switch

How to Play Online Simultaneously

As the second console is now your primary console, you can access the games you’ve purchased. However, if you want to play online at the same time as the first Switch, you need to sign in with a different Nintendo account on the new primary system. This should be the account you’re sharing the game with. If both consoles are online simultaneously using the same account, the game will be paused on the first Switch.

The Fine Print

Nintendo requires that non-primary accounts must be connected to the internet to access games. Keep this in mind going forward. Both players can download and play the shared game, but not at the same time. Additionally, you can still download any other games associated with your Nintendo account.

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Words of Warning

During this process, do not delete your Nintendo Switch user profile from your first Switch system. Doing so will erase locally stored saved data. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership and use the cloud backup system, you can still restore your saves. However, note that a few titles, including Pok√©mon: Let’s Go, cannot be backed up online.

It’s important to mention that local cooperative games cannot be played together using this method. If you want to enjoy a platformer with a friend, you’ll still need to stick to using one Switch system, either with a stand or connected to a television.

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