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How to get your Nintendo account on multiple switches at once

How to get your Nintendo account on multiple switches at once

Nintendo account service can be unnecessarily complicated. I do not know what this is about Nintendo, but there always seems to be some weird inconsistencies in their online services, you do not have to worry about other consoles or computer. One of these strange practices is how the Nintendo online account works when there are multiple switches at once, and how to handle storing data on two (or more) consoles. You’d think it would be straightforward, but it’s not like what I learned when testing my Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite piece. Here, I will break down how to properly maintain a Nintendo account in multiple settings, the differences between primary and secondary consoles and how to create an account for it and much more.

Getting Started

The first step to getting your Nintendo account in multiple switches is very easy — simply sign in! Even if the rest of the process is a bit cumbersome you will not run any errors or anything by logging in to another switch.

However, the switch has two names depending on how they view your account. The first switch you enter is the primary switch and the next switch is the secondary switch. There are ways to change it, but first, it is important to know the difference between the primary and secondary switches in order to choose the right one for your primary account.

Primary Switch Vs Secondary Switch

Unfortunately, you can not sign in to the same Nintendo account on multiple computers and get the same functionality on every console. The primary switch consoles get all the normal functions you would expect from a switch, but the secondary switches can only access and play games from your account When connected to the Internet. If your secondary switch cannot connect to the Internet, you will not be able to play games on it, which affects its portability a fair bit.

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In addition, the primary switches will always take precedence over the secondary switches in terms of content. If I start the Super Mario Odyssey on my secondary switch and try to boot it into my primary switch, it will start without problems in the primary. However, the secondary switch will boot from the game and return to the switch menu. That’s a little rude! This also applies to situations where I play a completely different game on the secondary switch. In short, if the primary switch is used, the secondary access is disconnected. This is complicated if you share accounts with family members, so if you are the only person using both switches.

Fortunately, switching between the main consoles (ha!) Is not that difficult. It’s a little hidden.

Replacing your primary switch

Selected Nintendo Switch Homescreen with Nintendo ESHAP

Replacing the primary and secondary consoles is not a system, it takes place on the Nintendo ESHAP.

To change the primary switch, you need physical access to it. Then, do the following:

  1. Go to Ishap
  2. Go to the right, highlight your avatar in the upper right corner and select it
  3. In the Account Information key, scroll down until you reach the main console area (which is near the end)
  4. Press the ‘Register’ button and enter your password to confirm registration.

You will be notified that the next switch to log in to ESHAP will be assigned as the primary console going forward. Do so on the switch you want to be primary!

Main switch What should I create?

Whether you change the primary switch depends on your situation. But, that is the general rule of thumb Whichever switch you take out of the house Will be better provided by switching to the primary switch. The switch at home will connect to the internet all the time (or most), even if you happen to run it a lot.

In the most common scenario, if you have both a normal Nintendo Switch and a Switch Lite, you may want to switch the Switch Lite to the main console. The switch light is a small console that does not have the ability to dock on your TV, so it will be the switch you take out of the house.

Understanding switch data storage

Change the settings for storing the data cloud

If you have a Switch Online account, you can set up automatically stored data clouds to upload and save, but it is hidden in the settings.

Once you connect your Nintendo account with each switch, your work is unfortunately not done yet. If you have Change the online subscription service, With a few exceptions played below, your saved data will be automatically uploaded from the cloud when you finish playing.

However, this cloud storage does not work similarly to steam. In Steam, once a storage cloud has been uploaded, you can move on to another computer, and if you are logged in, reboot where you left off. You can do something similar on the switch, but it’s not so seamless. In the beginning, it did not run by default! Enable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings and then Data Management
  2. In that subsection, scroll down to the Save Data cloud and click on it
  3. Go to Settings and you will find Automatic Storage Data Backup and Automatic Data Storage. Run both.

Plus, your cloud storage needs to be uploaded and downloaded from your Switch Online cloud whenever you connect to the Internet. But, it only works for downloaded games on both computers! If you are downloading software from eShop, your switch will not automatically pull data from the cloud.

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If you want to move software downloaded cloud storage on the switch, you must do it manually the first time. Here’s how:

  1. Close the game and exit with the switch you are playing, so the cloud saves updates.
  2. On the switch you want to constantly play, system settings, and then data management.
  3. From here, you can go to the Data Cloud Save option and find and download the game you are looking for.

There are some first-rate Nintendo games like Pokemon Titles and Super Smash Brothers that do not allow cloud data storage. Nintendo’s reason is to prevent manipulation or corruption, but in the end, it’s a big pain for consumers because some of these topics involve a fair bit of farming and grinding.

You can still move the stored data for these games between switches, but this can only be done with one switch at a time. While in the “Data Management” subsection of the system settings, you can select “Change your stored data” to move the storage for those games. Also, if you do not have Switch Online, you must use the same method to move any switch saving data between consoles.


Manipulating your Nintendo account on multiple switches is not a very confusing thing, but which switch is primary and where your latest storage data is stored are hidden enough to cause problems for anyone. Now, enjoy both your Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite in gaming!