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Nintendo Switch Online app update 2.0 adds a host of new social features

The latest update to the Nintendo Switch Online app includes additional social features and a new design.

Nintendo has rolled out update 2.0.0 for its Nintendo Switch Online companion app. Available for download on iOS and Android devices, the app now lets you see which of your friends are online and what games they’re currently playing.

The recent redesign adds a more modern and intuitive design that displays who’s currently online at the top of the screen. Clicking on a friend shows you what game they’re playing as well as how long they’ve been playing it in total.

Along with the update’s improved social features, you can now view and copy your friend code, making it easier to share with others. You can also set your online status, perfect if you don’t want to be disturbed, and view your friends’ status through the app.

Other minor changes have also been implemented; although the company hasn’t given details on what they are, they will presumably improve functionally to provide a more seamless user experience.

Here are the official patch notes from Nintendo via the App store:

  • The general design of the app has been updated.
  • You can now see which of your friends are online.
  • You can change your status settings online.
  • You can see your friend code.
  • Other minor changes were also implemented.

While the update adds plenty of social extras and is the biggest overhaul we’ve seen since the app launched in 2017, there are still friend-related features that will need to be done through the Nintendo Switch console, like adding new friends.

Elsewhere, the Nintendo eShop has gone into “maintenance mode” in Russia, as Nintendo suspends payments from all Russian customers.

If you’re looking for new Nintendo Switch games to play, check out our feature on the upcoming Switch games for 2022 (and beyond).