Now that the Nintendo Switch has been out for a few years, you 8217;ll probably find yourself wanting to add co-workers and pals to your friend list. While the process isn 8217;t too complicated, there are a few ways to add friends on your Nintendo Switch, and we 8217;ve got the details below. Keep in mind that the Switch caps your friend list at 300 people, so make them count.
On the home page, click on your account icon in the upper left-hand corner, represented in the image below as 8220;Steve 8217;s Page. 8221;
Your friend code is available in two places: On the landing menu (Profile), and under the Add Friend menu. This is the code you should send your friends so they can find you.
On the user page, click Search with Friend Code and type a user 8217;s 12-digit code to send a Switch friend request.
If entered correctly, your friend 8217;s nickname and user icon will pop up, and you can confirm that you want to send the request.
Back at the Add Friend menu, you can check on your pending requests under Sent Friend Requests.
Unlike previous friend code systems, the user on the receiving end of the request does not need to know the sender 8217;s friend code to become friends. Once accepted, the user will show up in your Friend List on the user page.
When someone sends you a friend request, a notification dot will show up next to the Add Friend section of the user page. The Friend Requests inbox at the top of the menu lets you know that someone has added you.
Click Friend Requests to see the requesting user 8217;s icon and nickname. From here, you can either accept, reject, or block the user.
If you 8217;re having a few friends over, you won 8217;t have to bother with friend codes to add new pals.
You can search for nearby Switch players under Search for Local Users on the Add Friends menu of the user page. To find one another, you each have to click the same symbol. Our best guess is that this is a parental control feature, albeit not an incredibly sophisticated one.
After agreeing on a symbol, find the user 8217;s nickname and icon and send a request.
Note that adding friends locally doesn 8217;t go into effect until both users have logged onto the online service.
Out of the gate, the Switch seemingly lets you add users that you 8217;ve played with before. After playing a multiplayer game, head over to the Add Friends section on the user page. Here, click on Search for Users You Played With. However, this option seems to only work for friends you played with over local wireless at this time. We played numerous online races in Fast RMX, but none of the users we played with have shown up here.
Friends from official Nintendo apps 8212; Super Mario Run, Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes 8212; linked to your Nintendo account will show up under Suggested Friends in the Add Friends menu of the user page. From here, you can skip the friend code process by clicking on a user and sending a request.
While this doesn 8217;t technically net you more friends, you could end up exchanging friend codes by sharing images over social media. The Switch has a rather nice share feature that allows you to add image captions and create memes to upload to Facebook and Twitter.
On the user page, click on User Settings and scroll down to Posting to Social Media to link your Switch to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Once linked, go to the home page and select Album.
Unfortunately, the Switch doesn 8217;t allow screen captures inside the album, but you can select an image, add a caption, and click Post to blast it across social media.
If you 8217;re particularly fond of a particular friend, you can elevate them to Best Friend status. Navigate to your friend list and choose one of your favorite pals. Click the Best Friends option.
That user will now have a star in the upper left-hand corner of their icon. Sadly, your bestie won 8217;t get notified of their newfound importance in your life as marking best friends is a one-way street, but the star could come in handy if you have a plethora of friends with the same avatar.
If you no longer want to be friends with a particular user, you can unfriend them. You can take it a step further by blocking the user, which prohibits them from adding you again.
Head over to your Friend List and select the friend that you want to remove.
Either pick Remove Friend or Block. If you change your mind later, you can go into User Settings and choose Manage Blocked-User List to open the door for becoming friends again.