Nintendo released an update to its Nintendo Switch Online app on Tuesday, which allows Nintendo Switch owners to access game-specific services, find friends online, and use voice chat during online matches. via smartphone or tablet. With the update, users can finally send friend requests directly from the app.
As detailed in the Nintendo Switch Online version 2.2.0 release notes, the app now has the ability to send friend requests using Nintendo’s friend code. Additionally, Nintendo says users can now copy their friend code as a URL or save it as a QR code to share with others, making it easier to send friend requests.
However, at least for now, you can only accept a friend request from a Nintendo Switch console. This means that you cannot accept a friend invite from a smartphone or tablet, even if the Nintendo Switch Online app is installed.
As noted The edgethe Nintendo Switch’s new code system for multiplayer matches is considered a “step backwards” from the Nintendo Network ID system used by the Wii U. Now it looks like Nintendo has tried to fix this problem with new ways for users to find and add their buddies.
Nintendo Switch Online now requires iOS 14
Last month, Nintendo confirmed via a tweet on its Japanese account that an update to the Nintendo Switch Online app would drop support for some older iPhone and iPad models. Now the day has come.
Today’s iOS app update now requires a device running iOS 14, while the previous version was compatible with iOS 12 and later. In other words, the app no longer works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air 1st generation, iPad mini 3 and iPod touch 6th generation.
If for some reason you have a newer device that still has iOS 12 installed, you can simply update it to the latest version of iOS to continue using the app. You can check the iOS version of your iPhone and iPad by going to Settings > General > About.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is available for free on the iOS App Store.