The Nintendo Switch Online app is designed to help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch™. With this app, you can check game-specific services (e.g., SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2), invite friends to play with you via social media, and use voice chat while gaming.

◆ Do you play Splatoon 2? If so, you can make use of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service!

You can use SplatNet 2 to check all sorts of vital battle-related information, including match results, stages, and rankings!

◆ Inviting friends via social media

You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can easily invite your Nintendo Switch friends, too!

◆ Using voice chat while gaming

You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing. Chat with everyone in your room or split voice chat into teams and have it out head-to-head!

*In order to use these services, a Nintendo Switch game compatible with this app is required. Splatoon 2 is compatible with this app.


● You can use the Nintendo Switch Online app for free until the paid subscription service launches in 2018.

● A persistent Internet connection is required to use this app. Cellular data may be used.

● A Nintendo Switch console, a Nintendo Account, and supported game are required.

● You must be at least 13 years or older to use this app.

● Your use of this app is subject to the Nintendo Account User Agreement, available at

What's New

Version 1.1.3

Implemented bug fixes.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5

501 Ratings

501 Ratings

This should be built into the Switch..

Ryan The_Creeper_DJ

It’s 2017 for crying out loud! This should be built into the the switch! All the other consoles you can chat and talk to your friends without this app... even the Xbox 360 and PS3 had it, so power should not be an issue. If you want to hear your game, and not just your chat, you are going to need a bunch of adapters in order to do this not to mention phone chargers and your Switch undocked with it charging in the awful place the charger is located at.. with all of this... my Switch is my console for Nintendo exclusives... and my Xbox One is for everything else... it’s almost to the point where you might was well use Skype because it doesn’t drain you phone battery as quickly!

The first party games on Switch, make it 100% worth getting one... (Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Metroid Prime 4)(and many more if you never had a Wii U.. (I have one) )but all the other games.. are better played on all other platforms, unless you want to play on the go...

Good Ideas, Bad Base


I love splatnet for Splatoon it's a really good idea I Actually wouldn't mind this app if the Switch app had a different base but sadly it does not. The main point from what I understand was the chat system and It failed bad. I tried to be optimistic but it's like a worse discord + the only saving grace that is splatnet.
1.For one you can't chat while your not playing a game.
2.You can't leave the app and still hear anybody. It doesn't really affect much but it's dumb.
3. It supports nothing else. I'll be honest I don't
Have MK8DX or Arms. But it doesn't support it. I understand that MK8 and Arms can't have something like splatnet but why can't you voice chat with it on those games. I hope they add it sooner but once again it's dumb. How are you gonna release an app and have it only support one game.
As I stated earlier this app is pretty much only useful if you have Splatoon 2 because of Splatnet which is once Again a REALLY good idea and it works really well. But besides that your better off just using discord. Me and my friends end up using discord over the app even when where playing Splatoon 2. Note:Use headphones when using Discord it'll be hard to hear otherwise. I can see this app getting better. It's not broken and can definitely improve but as it stands it's only really good for splatnet.

Just One Suggestion

LKN Cyclone

I actually love this idea. The Switch needs internet to chat, but it's portable so can't always have it. What do we all have on us that always has an internet connection? A phone. Why not just use an app that can be used at home or away, solving all connection problems? And bundle with it a companion to make Splatoon 2 a much easier experience? Genius, Nintendo. Genius.

But this next part is not so genius. Why do we have to go in game to chat? Why can't we just chat with our friends anytime, or in other games at least like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or ARMS? I hope support comes shortly because if this app is only going to be used for Splatoon 2, I may not drop $20 on the subscription for next year.


Nintendo Co., Ltd.
97.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2017 Nintendo Co., Ltd.


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