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    How to Add Friends

    Instructions on adding friends on Nintendo Switch.


    Complete These Steps:

    1. Select your user icon (User Page) on the HOME Menu.
    2. From this screen, you can see Friend Suggestions and Add Friends.
    3. Friend Suggestions:

      Select this this option to send friend requests to users that you are friends with on Nintendo smart device apps, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Facebook, or Twitter.


      • You must link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account to be able to find your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS friends.
      • You must sign in to your Facebook or Twitter account in order for your friends to be visible over these services.
      • If you do not want Friend Suggestions to display, open the Nintendo Account settings screen from your smart device or computer and change your Friend Suggestions settings.
    4. Add Friends:

      Select this option to accept pending friend requests that have been sent to you, view pending friend requests you have sent, or use the following methods to send friend requests.
      • Search for Local Users:

        Select this option to exchange friend requests with nearby users.


        If the Nintendo Switch console is not connected to the internet, the friend request will be temporarily saved on the console. The friend request will then be sent automatically the next time the console connects to the internet.
      • Search for Users You've Played With:

        Select this option to send friend requests to users you have played with in internet matches or other online play.
      • Search with Friend Code:

        Select this option to send a friend request to another user by entering their friend code.

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