Posted on July 27 2022 by John Piland
Five years after the console’s 2017 release, Switch players can finally send friend requests from their phones via the Nintendo Switch Online app.
In this new update, players can share their friend codes as a URL or as a QR code for friends to add them directly from their phones, although unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch console remains the only device on which players can accept requests. This update requires users of Apple products to have iOS 14 or greater, and Android users require Android 6.0 or greater. Additionally, support for the app has been dropped on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, 1st-gen iPad Airs, iPad mini 3 devices, and 6th gen iPad 6 devices, as they lack iOS 14 support. If you are unsure what software version your mobile device runs, you can check by going into Settings and finding the About tab. For updates, search for the Software Update in your Settings menu. iOS users may have to first go to the General tab in Settings to find these tabs.
It’s great that the players can now send friend requests via the app, though it remains odd and disappointing that the same cannot be said for accepting those requests, especially with it having taken Nintendo five years to finally add this most recent function. Hopefully, this will changed in the near future.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is available to download for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play. Do you use the Nintendo Switch Online app? Does this update mean anything to you? Let us know in the comments below!
John is an aspiring writer and filmmaker who loves to spend his free time playing video games, binging shows/movies and hanging out with his friends. He is also quietly awaiting more news on Breath of the Wild 2, where he will scream with uncontrollable joy.