How to set up 2-step authentication (2FA) for the Nintendo Switch account
How to set up 2FA for Nintendo Switch account - With recent reports that more than 100,000 Nintendo accounts have had their security compromised, many gamers are concerned and wondering how they can make their Switch more secure.
Changing your password is a no-brainer, but if you want to go one step further, adding AKA 2FA 2-step verification and authentication is a great idea. Here's how to set up 2FA for your Nintendo Switch.
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Enabling Two-Step Authentication (2FA) on the Switch
Nintendo provides proper instructions on how to set up two-step verification authentication.
In typical Nintendo fashion, it's a bit tricky and time-consuming, but it's worth assuring you that it would be extremely difficult for a hacker to access your Nintendo account.
If you have reason to believe that you have been compromised or just want to be sure that no one else can, we highly recommend that you go through the process as boring as it may be.
Let's go over the 2FA setup via Nintendo:
Go to the Nintendo Account website and log into your Nintendo Account.
Select Connection and Security Settings, then scroll to Two-Step Verification and click Edit.
Click on the 2-Step Verification Settings.
Click Send Email to send a verification code to the email address on file.
- If the email address is incorrect, click the setting on the Email Address menu under User Information to change it.
- Enter the email verification code, then send it.
- Install the Google Authenticator app on your smart device.
- It is a free application, available through Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS).
- Use the smart device app to scan the QR code displayed on your Nintendo Account screen.
- A 6-digit verification code will appear on your smart device. Enter the verification code in the field from step 3 on the Nintendo Account screen, then submit it.
- A list of backup codes will appear. Click Copy to copy all the codes and then paste them in a safe place.
- A backup code will be required to log in if you don't have access to the Google Authenticator app. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THEM SAFE.
- You can use them (once each) if you don't have access to the Google Authenticator app.
- Click I have saved the backup codes, then click OK.
- Once configured, you can go back to the 2-step verification settings section to view the backup codes and remove the 2-step restriction.
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This is everything you need to know for how to set up 2FA for your Nintendo Switch. Stay safe everyone!