Nintendo on Tuesday released an update to its Nintendo Switch Online app, which allows Nintendo Switch owners to access game-specific services, find online friends, and use voice chat during online matches through a smartphone or tablet. With the update, users can finally send friend requests directly from the app.
As detailed in the Nintendo Switch Online version 2.2.0 release notes, the app now has the option to send friend requests using a Nintendo Friend Code. In addition, Nintendo says that users can now copy their friend’s code as a URL or save it as a QR code to share with others, making it easier to send friend requests.
However, at least for now, you can only accept a friend request from the Nintendo Switch console. This means that you cannot accept a friend invitation from a smartphone or tablet, even if you have the Nintendo Switch Online app installed.
As noted before the edgeNow, it appears that Nintendo is trying to fix this in new ways to allow users to find and add friends.
Nintendo Switch Online now requires iOS 14
Last month, Nintendo confirmed via a tweet to its Japanese account that an update to the Nintendo Switch Online app would drop support for some older iPhone and iPad models. Now it’s the day.
Today’s iOS app update requires a device running iOS 14, while the previous version was compatible with iOS 12 and later. In other words, the app no longer works with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, first generation iPad Air, iPad mini 3, and sixth generation iPod touch.
If for some reason you have a newer device that still has iOS 12 installed, you can simply update it to the latest version of iOS to continue using the app. You can check the iOS version for your iPhone and iPad by going to Settings > General > About.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is available for free on the iOS App Store.
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