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Nintendo Switch Online app makes it easier than ever to make friends

The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app has just made it much easier to send friend requests to your friends.

Updating to the latest version of the Nintendo Switch Online app allows you to copy your long friend code as a URL. By sending this URL to a friend, they can tap it to open their app and instantly send you a friend request. So there is no more need to manually copy and paste the friend code itself into the friend request section of the app (thanks, The edge (opens in a new tab)).

Alternatively, you can now save your Nintendo Switch friend code as a QR code. When shared with others, they can scan the QR code to send you a friend request, essentially bypassing the need to interact with Nintendo’s cumbersome friend code system.

How to Update the Nintendo Switch Online App

The Nintendo Switch Online app is free to download from App Store on iOS (opens in a new tab) and the Play Store on Android (opens in a new tab). But if you have already downloaded the app, it may not update automatically.

To resolve this issue, simply go to the Nintendo Switch Online app store page and tap “Update”. This will download the latest version of the app (Ver. 2.2.0), adding the new friend code features in the process.

Nintendo Switch Online App

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Nintendo embraces modernity

Prior to this update, I always viewed the Nintendo Switch Online app as a wet squib. It allows you to browse your friends list and start (extremely poor quality) voice chats. Some specific services for a handful of the best Nintendo Switch games are also available to browse. But that’s about all.

Now, however, the app’s ability to share friend codes has improved significantly. Prior to the update, your only option for sharing friend codes was to copy them in plain text. A shocking half-baked implementation, then, but at least it’s now ready to go out of the oven thanks to these improvements.

Having a variety of ways to send friend requests is obviously nothing new on competing platforms. But Nintendo has always been crippled in this regard due to its frustrating commitment to the clumsy friend code system we’ve had to deal with since the days of the Wii.

So in the grand scheme of things, these friend request improvements aren’t a big deal. But for Nintendo, it’s a step away from its archaic friend code-sharing trappings. Even if it’s more of a slight tiptoe than a full stride.