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What Happened With Nintendo Switch Family Groups? (Answered 2024)

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What happened Switch groupAs you meander through the digital forest, you come upon a quaint wood cabin with smoke curling from its stone chimney. You smell something savory cooking inside, so you knock. A smiling bearded man opens the door and welcomes you in from the cold.

You ask him about the enticing smells. I’m making mushroom stew. The mushrooms come from my garden out back. I started it when my wife and I built this cabin after we got married. Now my children help tend it.

We share the bounty of the garden, just as families can share Nintendo Switch online services when they join Family Groups. After a few more exchanges, you thank your host and continue on your way through the forest, pondering the concept of Family Groups.

Key Takeaways

  • Age 13+ is required to create an account, but there are issues with the verification code that prevent creation.
  • Child accounts have different levels of freedom and parental oversight.
  • Family groups have limitations on switching and leaving.
  • Removing from the family affects purchases and features.

How Family Groups Work

How Family Groups Work
You’re only allowed to switch family groups once per year, so if you’ve recently joined a new one, you’ll have to wait before moving again. Leaving a family group has consequences – you lose access to shared purchases and content, plus shared Google One cloud storage if applicable.

There’s a 12-month waiting period after joining a new family before being allowed to switch again.

Child accounts can’t voluntarily leave family groups; they can only transfer between them. Removing a child account from a group lifts restrictions but loses parent access and affects features like Nintendo eShop and online play.

Invited users have only two weeks to accept a family group invite before it expires.

Understanding the rules around switching, joining, and leaving family groups will prevent issues accessing purchased content and features.

Joining a Family Group

Joining a Family Group
You can join a family group by accepting an invitation from the group manager. The invitation will expire after 2 weeks if not accepted.

Once joined, you’ll share content, storage, and subscriptions with other members. However, you can only switch groups once per year and must wait 12 months after joining before doing so.

Here are 5 key things to know about joining a family group:

  1. Accept the invitation within 2 weeks or it expires.
  2. Gain shared access to content, storage, and subscriptions.
  3. Can only switch family groups once per year.
  4. Must wait 12 months before switching groups.
  5. Benefits include shared purchases and Nintendo online access.

Joining a family group provides the ability to share digital content and services across accounts. But limitations on switching groups exist, so review the benefits and commitment before accepting an invitation.

Troubleshooting Problems

Troubleshooting Problems
Unfortunately, expired family group invitations, disabled family groups, and existing membership in another group can all prevent you from joining a new family on Google. If you get locked out due to an expired invite, you will have to wait for the group manager to send you a new one.

If your family group is disabled by Google for policy violations, the only way to resolve it is by appealing the decision. Before joining a new family group, you must leave your current one because each user can only be a part of one family group.

Overcoming these roadblocks requires patience and understanding that strict family group rules are in place to protect user privacy and safety.

Expired Invitation

Your invitation to join the family group has expired. Let’s get you a new one so you can access the shared content and features. Family group invitations expire after two weeks. Have the manager resend an invitation to your Apple ID.

Once accepted, you can enjoy the benefits like shared purchases and storage. Act quickly so you don’t lose access again. Community policing through account management maintains strong community relations.

Disabled Family Group

Sounds like the manager deleted the family group, so you’ve lost access to payment, content library, and storage. Without the family group, your account no longer shares benefits like online play, parental controls, or family content.

You’ll need to set up your own payment method for purchases. Your content restrictions and playtime limits have been removed since parental supervision ended. Consider asking the former manager to add you back or transfer supervision. Leaving the group has downsides but also liberates your account.

Already in a Family Group

I hear you, being in multiple family groups isn’t allowed. The system only lets you join one to share stuff and costs. But hey, we’ll get this sorted so you can fully enjoy the perks. Since you’re already in a family group, you’ll have to wait 12 months after joining before you can switch.

In the meantime, you can transfer supervision of your account or remove it to exit the family circle and end parental oversight. This will proceed membership expiration but may affect access to storage, purchases, services, and account setup.

Differences Between Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID

Differences Between Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID
Removing a supervised account from a family group lifts restrictions but also removes parent access to features like the eShop while keeping the account in the family Nintendo Online membership, affecting game access and purchases.

Restrictions like communication and purchases are removed when exiting a family group as a supervised account, but this also eliminates parental controls and visibility into the account’s activity.

While the account remains under the shared Nintendo Online membership for online gameplay, leaving the family results in the loss of family sharing of downloadable content purchased on the family manager’s payment method.

Supervised accounts are designed to provide parents oversight of their children’s gaming while allowing incremental autonomy, so removing an account from a family group has tradeoffs between regaining independence and losing access facilitated by parental supervision.

Account Setup

Account Setup
When creating your Nintendo Account, you’ll need to meet the 13+ age requirement, have an email address that is not already registered, overcome any issues receiving a verification code, and successfully set a password.

If your email is linked to another account, you cannot verify a new one, so please check your inboxes. For minors, a parent must consent during signup. Setting up the account can encounter obstacles, but understanding the requirements helps ensure access to digital content and online multiplayer.

Creating a Nintendo Account

You’re eager to join the online world, so creating a Nintendo Account opens that magical kingdom’s gates. To set up your portal to online play, head to Nintendo’s website and click Create Account. Choose a username and password, provide your birth date and country, and agree to the terms.

With account creation, your fantasy world awaits, though mind the policies on sharing, data retention, and leaving groups which can limit storage, split purchases, and dictate exit terms while still preserving your hard-won treasures.

Age Requirements and Eligibility

You’d have to meet the age requirements in order to be eligible to create a Nintendo Account and participate in a family group. If you are under a certain age, Nintendo limits access to certain content and implements parental controls and privacy settings.

To ensure child safety, age limits regulate account creation and content filtering. However, once eligible, you can switch accounts and join new family groups after the mandatory waiting period. Restrictions remain based on age, not prior status. Understanding the age requirements helps utilize parental tools responsibly when managing accounts.

Email Address Already Registered

You’ve already registered an email address for another group, so creating a new group with that email isn’t allowed.

  1. Check that you’re using the correct email address when registering.
  2. Try registering with a different email address that hasn’t been used before.
  3. If you think your existing email was registered by mistake, contact customer support.

Sharing game content through cartridges or multiplayer servers offers great convenience. However, transferring user data between systems risks corruption, while illegal downloading harms creators.

Not Receiving Verification Code

Sounds like you’re not receiving the verification code to set up your account. Let’s verify your number and email to ensure they’re entered correctly. Technology can be finicky at times, but we’ll resolve this issue. It appears that there isn’t enough information to verify your account.

This could occur if there’s a duplicate profile associated with that email. I recommend reaching out to support to reset the verification process or create a new account.

Issues With Setting a Password

You’re having trouble setting a password for your new account. Let’s check the requirements. Passwords should be 8-16 characters with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid common words or personal information. Write it down and keep it private. Use a password manager if needed.

Complex, unique passwords keep accounts secure. With a strong password set, you can start using your new account safely.

Family Groups and Nintendo Accounts for Children

Family Groups and Nintendo Accounts for Children
Let’s discuss family groups and Nintendo accounts for children. If you want to share online services and content with family members, you can set up a family group with up to 5 people and designate one adult as the manager.

This allows sharing of Nintendo Online membership benefits, eShop purchases, and parental controls.

For kids, you have two options – a regular child account or a supervised account. With a regular account, the child has more freedom, but parents have limited visibility. A supervised account lets you restrict content and features while retaining full parental oversight.

Understanding Family Groups

You’ll lose access to purchased content if you leave the family group before the year is up. Understanding family groups means realizing the benefits and limitations. Joining a group shares subscriptions but restricts switching.

Leaving too soon loses access to content, storage, and payment methods. However, purchased items can be kept. Contemplating changes requires weighing continued shared benefits against lost individual control.

Sharing Nintendo Points

You can share your family Nintendo membership points when you add your kid’s account to the group.

  • Gold points can be redeemed on any linked profile.
  • Parental controls let you manage playtime.
  • Set up individual profiles to track progress.

Sharing a family membership unlocks bonuses like online play. Monitoring tools ensure a safe, enriching gaming experience.

Account for a Child Vs. Regular Account

Removing a child’s supervised Nintendo account lifts restrictions but also severs parental access to their activity. As a parent, you gain convenient control over what games and features a child can access.

However, removing supervision means losing those safeguards that protect children. Your child will gain independence, but you surrender oversight of purchases, online play, and content filters. This tradeoff between a child’s freedom and a parent’s supervision highlights the balance between developing responsibility and ensuring safety.

Supervised Accounts

Here’s how you could handle things if Junior’s getting too old for restrictions but ain’t ready to fly solo just yet.

  • Transferring to a regular account lifts restrictions.
  • Removing from the family group keeps restrictions.
  • Purchases stay limited by the family manager.
  • Parental communication options are reduced significantly.
  • Content filtering remains active until age 18.

Managing the transition to independence is about gradually removing restrictions while maintaining some parental oversight until they’re truly ready to fly solo.

Account Access and Management

Account Access and Management
If you’ve forgotten your sign-in information, need to reset a password for your child’s account, want to sign in with a different account, or manage your password, profile settings, Mii character, and promotional emails, pay attention.

Getting locked out of an account or having trouble accessing important features can be incredibly frustrating. But by learning how to reset passwords, switch between accounts, adjust preferences, and more, you’ll regain control and customize your family’s Nintendo experience.

Forgetting Sign-in Information

If you’ve forgotten your sign-in information, don’t worry – we can help you get back in so you can access your account again in no time. Contact customer support to reset your password or username. They can guide you through the process of verifying your identity and changing your login credentials.

You may need to answer security questions or provide additional proof of ownership. Act quickly so you don’t lose access. With some assistance, you’ll be back in your account soon.

Resetting Password for a Child’s Account

You’ll need to reset your child’s password if they can’t sign in to their account.

  1. Go to and select sign in.
  2. Click Can’t access your account?
  3. Select Forgot password?
  4. Enter your child’s username and click Next.
  5. Follow the steps to reset their password.

Resetting the password will allow your child to access their account again while maintaining parental control settings, content sharing, and device management. Account transfers or changes to payment and billing require additional steps. With a few quick steps, your child will be back online safely.

Signing in With Different Account

You’re adrift at sea, cast away from the safe harbor of your family’s shared online home when signing in with a different account. Previously accessible content becomes restricted. Purchases require repurchasing.

Parental controls reset. Access changes as accounts transfer or split from groups. Every login shifts the landscape. New barriers surface while old refuges sink away.

Browser Signing Out

You’ve been automatically signed out of your Google account in the browser when closing the tab where you were signed in. This happens for security purposes – to prevent others from accessing your account if you leave the computer unattended.

When reopening the browser, you’ll need to sign back in. Check that you’re using the correct account, especially if you have multiple Google accounts. Sharing subscriptions through a family plan? Leaving the group can affect access.

Accounts can transfer without exiting. The group anniversary date matters for switching.

Changing Account Password and Profile Settings

Changing your password and profile settings lets you protect your account, but leaving a Fox News family group after watching CNN for just 7 hours weekly shows significant view changes on key issues, with less support for police and Trump’s response to protests.

  • Use strong passwords with symbols, numbers, and capital letters.
  • Enable two-factor authentication for extra security.
  • Adjust parental controls and sharing settings as needed.

By taking control of your account settings, you can customize your digital experience while keeping personal data safe.

Managing Mii Character and Opting Out of Promotional Emails

You would lose access to shared content and storage if you leave your family’s Google group before the yearly switch window. Managing your family’s digital experience involves setting screen time limits, enabling parental controls, and protecting account privacy.

Regularly reviewing account usage and restricting purchases prevents issues. Safeguarding your family’s data and guiding their online activities fosters trust.

Linking Accounts

Linking Accounts
You may have linked multiple Nintendo Network IDs and a Nintendo Account to access your games and online services. But if you need to change or remove a linked Nintendo Network ID, Google account, or Apple ID, you should know that it can cause issues like losing game progress or purchases.

Before linking accounts for a child, research the potential problems with changing linked accounts, such as restrictions remaining or losing parental controls.

Multiple Nintendo Network IDs and a Nintendo Account

Removing a supervised account from a family group lifts restrictions but loses parent access, according to a surprising CNN study which found that 7 hours of weekly paid CNN viewing changed Fox News viewers’ opinions on protests and the pandemic.

You can manage profile settings, link Apple ID account, change sign-in password, switch family group membership, redeem Nintendo membership points when multi-user access gets too restrictive. Carefully consider account access changes as they affect features and parent controls.

Changing or Removing Linked Nintendo Network ID

You’re stuck with that Nintendo Network ID once it’s linked to your Nintendo Account. The CNN study showed how difficult it is to change someone’s views, even when paid. Changing or removing the linked Nintendo Network ID will impact your access to online features, shared content libraries, and even purchased games.

However, you can keep your saved progress. Like the Fox viewers in the study who mostly stuck to their preferred news source, your Nintendo Account remains tied to that Network ID. Altering those links risks losing access, purchases, and progress, so proceed with caution.

Changing or Removing Google Account or Apple ID

You’ll lose some perks when you unhook your Google account from the family group, but your purchases stay put. Removing your account lets you escape restrictions, change managers, or join a new group. However, you lose shared content and features. Accounts can transfer if removed, retaining purchases and identity.

Leaving affects access and limits but not ownership. Carefully weigh options before exiting, as you must wait before switching groups again.

Troubles With Linking Nintendo Network ID

You’d face forfeiture of family features and parental access when unlinking your supervised Nintendo account from the group.

  • Trouble joining the family group due to payment issues
  • Losing access to the shared content library when leaving
  • Changes to the amount of storage from the shared Google One plan
  • Restricted account transfers still under family supervision
  • Forfeiting Nintendo Online membership benefits

Unlinking your supervised Nintendo Network ID from the family group results in lost access to shared features and content.

Linking Other Accounts to Account for a Child

Gotta link your child’s account to yours to manage their family group access. Stay calm when linking accounts to avoid conflicts. Have realistic expectations and communicate openly to build trust. Avoid frustration with preparation and patience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I join more than one family group at a time?

No, you can only be part of one family group at a time. Switching between groups is limited to once per year. Leaving a group means losing shared content access and storage. The family manager controls group membership, so joining multiple requires their permission within the one group limit.

If I leave a family group, will I lose access to content I purchased while part of the group?

You can keep the content you purchased while in the group. Leaving only restricts access to the shared content library and storage.

How do I transfer supervision of a child account to another adult in the family group?

You can transfer supervision of a child account by going to Family Link in your Google account settings. Select the child’s account and use the Transfer supervision option to move supervision to another adult in the family group.

What happens to a family group if the manager deletes their account or passes away?

If the manager deletes their account or passes away, the family group is automatically deleted, and all members immediately lose access to shared content, services, and storage. You’ll need to set up a new group and reinvite members to regain shared features.

Can members of a family group play online multiplayer games together?

You and your family can play online multiplayer games together through a family Nintendo Online membership. Sharing this digital world creates bonding moments and memories. Though screens separate you physically, gaming unites you emotionally.


You sought insight into what happened with Nintendo Switch family groups. Armed with a robust understanding of how family groups function—from joining to troubleshooting—and key differences between account types, you now have the knowledge to adeptly manage Switch accounts.

With comprehension of critical facets like sharing points, child accounts, and account access, you can confidently navigate Switch groups. What happened? You gained the expertise to master Nintendo Switch family groups.

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is an author and software engineer from the United States, I and a group of experts made this blog with the aim of answering all the unanswered questions to help as many people as possible.