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Here’s how to share Switch games between two consoles

Here’s how you can share one Switch game on two Switch consoles.

Both the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles allow you to share the best Nintendo Switch games with a friend, but is Gameshare possible on Switch? Technically, there is no game sharing service on the Switch. However, there is a way that you can share your digital games with friends as long as they have their own Switch or Switch Lite. There are definitely some risks and things to consider before doing so. We’ll go over that below along with how to Gameshare on Nintendo Switch.

Gameshare on Switch Things you need to know

  • There’s a primary console and a secondary console: When sharing games between two consoles, one will be marked as the primary console and the other will be marked as the secondary one.
  • Primary consoles can access everything while online or offline: The primary console will continue to act like normal, being able to play digital and physical games at any point.
  • The secondary Switch always needs internet access to play games: The secondary Switch cannot be used on the go to play digital games unless it has an internet connection.
  • Only one person can access the games at any given time: Whenever a game is opened, Nintendo checks online to make sure that the software is actually owned. You will not be able to play digital games on a secondary Switch if your account currently sees another Switch is playing it. That also means you can’t both be playing the same game at the same time using this method.
  • Game Sharing doesn’t let you play co-op: If your primary goal is to be able to play together than this won’t work. As mentioned previously, only one Switch can access a game at a time. To play together, you’ll need to either purchase the same copy of a game and play online from your own Switch consoles using your own Nintendo accounts, or you’ll need to gather around the same Switch and play locally.
  • This method requires that you share your Nintendo username and password with someone else: Obviously, there are always risks involved with sharing your personal info with others. Do not share with someone who might take advantage of you. Getting permenantly kicked out of your account because someone else is using it or finding that they have added expenses to your account is a real possibility.
  • Do not delete your user profile on the original Switch: If you delete your Nintendo Switch user profile on the original Switch, then you’ll also erase any save data that was stored locally on your console.
  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership allows you to restore some games: If you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership then games that use the cloud backup system can be restored on the original Switch.
  • Some Switch titles do not support cloud backups: When it comes to games that don’t support cloud backups, you will lose your game data if you change your primary console to another device.

How to Gameshare on Switch

In order to do share games on Switch, you’ll need to have access to the internet, a Nintendo user account, and a digital game to share.

  1. Purchase a digital game
  2. Deregister your Switch as the primary console
  3. Make the other Switch the primary console
  4. Log back in on the first Switch

1. Purchase a digital game with your Nintendo Account

If you already have a digital game on your Switch that you’re wanting to share then you can skip this first section.

  1. Select the Nintendo eShop icon from the main menu.
  2. Your system will ask you which account this purchase will be under. Click on your account.

  3. Now that the shop has opened, select and purchase a game. Any game purchased from the Nintendo eShop will be a digital download.

The game will automatically begin downloading. You can check its progress from the main menu. Now that you have a digital game that you want to share, you can continue on to the next set of steps.

2. Deregister your Switch as the primary console

  1. Once more enter the Nintendo eShop
  2. Select the user profile icon in the upper right corner.

  3. Select your profile name.
  4. Scroll down and select Deregister under where it reads Primary Console.

  5. Select Deregister again. This will make your console the secondary one.
  6. Enter your password.

  7. Select OK.

Once that’s done, it’s time to move on to the other Switch console.

3. Make the other Switch your primary console

  1. On a second Switch or Switch Lite, select System Settings from the main screen.
  2. Now scroll down to User.

  3. Select Add User.
  4. Choose Create New User.

  5. Choose whatever icon you want to associate this User account.
  6. Now choose your nickname. It doesn’t matter what icons or nicknames you associate with this user account.

  7. When you’re done entering your name press the + button or select OK.

  8. Select OK.

  9. Select Link a Nintendo Account.
  10. Enter the login information needed for the same Nintendo account used on the other Switch.

  11. Choose Link.

  12. Select OK.

Now this device will be registered as the primary console. You can redownload the digital game that was purchased on the first console.

4. Log back in on the first Switch

  1. Now that your account is on another Switch, select the Nintendo eShop logo.
  2. Enter your password to log back into your Nintendo account

  3. Click on your user profile icon in the upper right corner.
  4. Scroll down to Redownload.

  5. Download any games you want to play from this menu.

This makes it so you can play your games again. Remember, only one console at a time can play any given digital game at a time when there is a primary and a secondary console.

How to Gameshare on Nintendo Switch

Sharing games helps cut down on the costs of all of those expensive games. Just make sure to take into account any risks associated with sharing your Nintendo Switch account with more than one console.

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