How to Redeem a Download Code on Nintendo Switch eShop

In this article, you'll learn how to redeem a software download code in the Nintendo Switch eShop.


  • Download codes from retailers are located on a receipt or card.

  • An Internet connection and Nintendo Account are required to access the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Complete these steps

  1. Select Nintendo eShop on the HOME Menu to launch the Nintendo eShop.

  2. Select the account you want to use.

  3. Select Redeem Code on the left side of the screen.

  4. Enter the 16-character download code.

    • Some retailer cards for Nintendo Switch software will include both a Control Number and a Download Code. Make sure that you are entering the Download Code and not the Control Number

    • Any letters and symbols not used with prepaid codes (i.e. O, I, Z, commas, hyphens, etc.) will be disabled from the on-screen keyboard.

  5. Select OK to confirm. The game will begin downloading once the code is confirmed.

    • The game icon will appear on the HOME menu, with a download status bar. The status bar will disappear once the game download is complete.