How to redeem a code on Nintendo Switch

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If you don’t know how to redeem a code on Nintendo Switch, you’re missing out on a whole world of fun. Nintendo distributes codes to get you all kinds of bonuses, from Nintendo eShop credit to Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions to entire games.

However, that doesn’t mean they make the method to redeem the codes particularly obvious. The “redeem” function is tucked behind a few menus, but is easy to access once you know how.

If you’ve bought, or have been gifted, a code for a Nintendo product or service, read on to find out how to redeem your Nintendo Switch code. This method will work no matter what Switch model you're using, whether it's the base Switch, Switch Lite, or Switch OLED.

How to redeem a code on Nintendo Switch 

1. On your Nintendo Switch home page, select the “Nintendo eShop” icon. Look for the yellow shopping bag icon along the bottom row.

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2. Once you’ve selected a user profile, you’ll be connected to the Nintendo eShop. Select “redeem code” from the menu on the left-hand side.

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3. Select or tap the entry box, then enter your code using the on-screen keyboard. Once you’ve typed it in, select OK on the keyboard.

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And that’s it! If your code was for a game, simply wait for the game to be downloaded.

If you’re away from your Nintendo Switch, there’s another way to redeem your code by heading to the “redeem” page on the My Nintendo Store website. If you use this method to enter a Nintendo Switch game code, the game will start downloading on your Nintendo Switch, and be ready to play when you get back. (As long as your console is connected to the internet and logged into your Nintendo eShop account.) 

If you need help getting started, check out how to set up your Nintendo Switch, and how to connect your Nintendo Switch to a TV. If you have a code for an Xbox product or service, check out how to redeem an Xbox code. Or if you’re still trying to get your hands on a PS5, check out our PS5 restock guide.

Millie is a Deals writer at Tom's Guide specializing in deals content. She also covers the latest tech news and and creates how-to articles about everything from phones, streaming devices, and headphones to apps and video games. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming on her Nintendo Switch and creating digital art.