Now that you’ve got your Nintendo Switch, it’s time to set it up. In this article, we’ll take you through the Setup and also give you a few tips on charging and using it.
Before you start the Setup, you’ll need to connect the ‘Joy Controllers’ to the console and plug it into a power supply. The controller with the directional buttons slides onto the left side of the console, and the one with the X, Y, A & B buttons goes onto the right-side.
The first screen asks you to pick your Language. When you’ve chosen the one you want, press the A button.
Choose your Region and press A.
Read the 'Important Information' by highlighting it, and then press A.
Scroll down using the directional buttons on the left controller, then press B to go back.
Highlight Next and press A when you’re happy to continue.
Pick the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to and press A.
Type your Wi-Fi password, then choose OK. If you’re not sure what your password is, it should be printed on your router.
After a few seconds, you should see two ticks confirming that your Switch has connected to your router and has access to the internet. Choose OK to continue.
Pick your Time Zone and press A.
Press A to choose your icon and nickname.
Highlight the icon you'd like to use and press A, or choose Create Own Icon to make a custom one.
When you’ve picked your icon, enter your nickname, and choose OK. Then press A to confirm your icon and nickname.
To get the most out of your Switch, you’ll need to link it to a Nintendo account, but if you tap ‘Create Account’ you’ll be told that ‘A system update is required’. So tap Later and we’ll show you how to set up and link a Nintendo account later.
You can add more users if other people will be using your Switch by choosing Add Another User. If nobody else will be using it, tap Skip.
If the Switch is for a child, you can Set Parental Controls which let you monitor usage and set time limits. This can be set up at any time, so we’re going to Skip it for now.
That’s the Setup done, press the Home button on the right controller to go to your Home Menu.
Now that your Switch is set up, the first thing to do is check for a System Update to make sure everything’s up-to-date. Here’s how it’s done.
From the Home screen, go to System Settings and press A.
Scroll down to System and choose System Update.
If there’s an update available, press A to download and install it.
Choose OK to start the update.
The Switch will download and install the update, then restart. When it’s done, you’ll be taken to your Home screen.
Linking a Nintendo account to your Switch helps you get the most out of it. With a linked account, you can use online features like multiplayer, and Nintendo eShop. Here’s how to set up and link your account.
From the Home screen, go to your user icon in the top-left, then press A.
Go to Profile > Link to a Nintendo Account then press A.
Choose Create Account (or if you already have a Nintendo account, choose Sign In).
You’ll need to use a mobile, tablet, or computer to create your account. Pick Send account creation instructions via email and Nintendo will send you a link. Type in your email address and press OK.
We used a smartphone to set up our account, but the steps are the same whatever kit you have. Open your email and click the link to go to the ‘Nintendo Account Creation’ page.
Choose to set up An account for myself or An account for a child. Child accounts let you monitor usage and purchases through the Nintendo eShop.
Choose whether you’d like to receive emails from Nintendo with offers and benefits. Then tap Confirm & Register.
Nintendo will email you a verification code, enter the code in the box and tap Confirm.
Your account is now set up. Tap Display verification code and to get the verification code you’ll need to put into the Switch to link your account.
On your Switch, type in the five-digit Verification code and choose OK.
You’ll see a message saying your account was successfully linked. Press OK.
You’ll see some information on what you get with your Nintendo Account. You can sign up to Online Membership here if you want, which gives you access to online gaming, cloud backups and a library of classic NES games. To skip this, choose Continue.
Choose whether you want to get emails from Nintendo about free demos and special offers. Press Confirm to finish linking your account.
Your Nintendo account is now linked to your Switch. Press B to go back to the Home page.
Charging the Switch is straightforward, but there’s a little more to it than just plugging it in. The Switch comes with two ’Joy-Con’ controllers which can be connected to the switch itself, or can be used separately when it’s in TV or Tabletop mode.
There are two ways to charge your switch, you can plug it directly into the mains using the AC adapter. Or connect the Switch Dock to a power supply using the same AC adapter and slot the Switch into the Dock.
There are two ways to charge the controllers, too. They’ll stay charged while they’re connected to the Switch, but if the switch isn’t plugged in, it will only charge the controllers if they need a boost. And they will only be charged up to 50% to make sure they don’t drain the battery in the Switch.
Connecting the Switch to a power supply while the controllers are attached will charge everything.
There are three main ways you can use your Switch, TV, Tabletop and Handheld Modes. Here’s how each one works, and how to set them up.
TV mode lets you use your Switch like a regular games console. Here's what you’ll need to set it up:
Open the cover on the back of the Switch dock. Plug the power lead into the top socket, labelled ‘AC Adapter’ and the mains plug into a wall socket.
Connect the HDMI lead to the bottom socket, labelled ‘HDMI Out’ and to an empty HDMI socket on your TV.
Remove the controllers from your Switch and then slot it into the Switch ‘Dock’. When it’s pushed in correctly, the Switch screen will turn off.
Turn your TV on and make sure it’s on the right HDMI input channel.
Tabletop mode lets you play like you would in front of a TV, but if you’re out an about, or don’t have access to a bigger screen.
Flip out the stand on the back of your Switch and remove the controllers. It’s as simple as that.
Handheld mode is even more straightforward than tabletop mode. Just connect the controllers to the Switch and off you go.
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