You can now access your digital Switch library on other consoles

The latest update for Switch gives users the ability to designate primary and non-primary consoles.

Thanks to a new update for Nintendo Switch, you can now access and play games on other consoles, not just your own. To do this, you’ll first want to make sure your Switch has downloaded and installed the 6.0 update. After that, you’ll be asked to indicate a “primary” and “non-primary” console using your Nintendo Switch account.

With this established, you’ll be able to access your Switch account on a different console and use it to play digital games. For example, say you’re at a friend’s house and want to play your copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Rather than having to bring your Switch console with you, you can simply use your friend’s Switch console.

Note that you’ll be required to maintain a constant internet connection when playing games on a non-primary Switch. Should you lose connection, the game will pause and become temporarily unavailable to you until you reconnect to the internet. Furthermore, you can only designate one primary Switch and one non-primary Switch at a time.

If you deactivate your primary console, the next Switch you sign into using your Nintendo account will become your primary. To make sure your primary console has been properly designated, you can check the “Primary Console Status” located in the Nintendo eShop Account Information area.

While the addition of primary and non-primary consoles may not be necessary to some Switch owners, others will likely find the update convenient. Whether you enjoy gaming with your friends, or have multiple systems in your home (one for you, one for your kids), it’s nice to have easy access to your digital library via your Nintendo Switch account.

What do you think of the new update? Have you designated a primary and non-primary Switch yet? Let us know down in the comments below!

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