Nintendo Switch Users Are Advised To Secure Accounts After Numerous Unauthorised Login Reports


On this weekend, hundreds of Nintendo Switch users reported unauthorized third-party logins on their Nintendo accounts on social media. This leads to the concern of users over the security of Nintendo’s user data handling. The situation got worst when some users reported that their payment details have been used to purchase digital items from Nintendo’s eShop.

This weekend was full of a rush for Nintendo as well for its users. Nintendo Switch users in the US were flooding Twitter and Resetera with their accounts being accessed unwillingly even after having a unique password. Well, if you have also been facing the same problem or even didn’t got such problems, there is a solution to secure your account.

Just a week before, Nintendo started running a new social media campaign to promote 2-Step Verification which is a security measure to counter unauthorized access to an account. Before posting that tweet, Nintendo has issued a warning to Nintendo users in Japan to add this 2-Step Verification in their account as the number of user inquiries relating to credit card fraud had been increasing. A similar tweet has also been published by Nintendo to western players. 

So, all Nintendo Switch users are advised to use 2-Step Verification yourself in their account to stop or prevent unauthorized logins to your account. If you don’t know how to enable it, here we have laid a step-by-step process to add one.

How to Enable 2-Step Verification in Nintendo Account

Step 1: Visit the Nintendo website and sign in with your credentials.

Step 2: Select Sign-in and security settings, then scroll down to 2-Step Verification and click Edit.

Step 3: Click on 2-Step Verification settings.

Step 4: Click Send email to receive a verification code sent to the email address on file.

Step 5: Enter the verification code from the email, then Submit.

Step 6: Install the Google Authenticator app on your smart device. This is a free app, available through Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS).

Step 7: Use the Google Authenticator app to scan the QR code displayed on your Nintendo Account screen.

Step 8: A 6-digit verification code will appear on your smart device. Enter the verification code into the field under step 3 on the Nintendo Account screen, then Submit.

Step 9: A list of backup codes will appear. Click Copy to copy all the codes, then paste them somewhere safe. (A backup code will be required to log in if you don’t have access to the Google Authenticator app. MAKE SURE TO KEEP THESE SOMEWHERE SAFE.) You can use these (one time each) if you do not have access to the Google Authenticator app.

Step 10: Click I have saved the backup codes, then OK.

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