Update for Nintendo Switch Online 2.0 app adds an easier way to copy your friend code

Nintendo has updated its Switch Online mobile apps for iOS and Android to version 2.0, bringing a modified design and some minor quality of life improvements. The app was launched shortly after the Nintendo Switch in 2017. It is designed to work with the console and offers features such as online voice chat that are not available on the Switch itself.

For my money, the most interesting improvement to the 2.0 update is that it provides an easier way to find and share your friend code, the cumbersome 12-digit identifier that is the main way to add friends on Nintendo’s online service. Rather than having to manually copy the code from your Switch console itself before sharing it with a friend, the update allows you to simply copy it from within the app with a single tap. Your friend will still have to manually type the 12 digits to add you on their console, but at least sharing the code is now easier.

The other updates available with the 2.0 update are less important. Nintendo advertises that the app will now show you which friends are online and also let you “change your online status settings”. These are both such basic features that it’s surprising they weren’t already available in an app launched nearly five years ago, but it’s no big surprise given Nintendo’s traditional focus on single and local multiplayer games.

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