When updating Minecraft on your Nintendo Switch to the newer Bedrock version, you will need to create and sign in to your Microsoft account, which is done through Microsoft’s remote connect service (https://aka.ms/remoteconnect).
The Bedrock Edition of Minecraft is the same version used on other platforms such as the Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile devices, which means that once you update you will be able to cross-play with friends on those platforms!
Here’s how it works:
- If you already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you can download the Bedrock version of the game for free! You may be prompted to download the new version in-game, or you can find it directly in the Nintendo eShop
- If you don’t already have a Microsoft account (also used for Xbox Live), you will need to create one here: https://aka.ms/accountsettings
- Once you have downloaded the new Bedrock edition of Minecraft, and created your Microsoft account, you will need to link them together
- Within the Minecraft home screen on your Nintendo Switch, click “Sign in with a Microsoft account”. It will give you a unique 8 digit code and tell you to navigate to Microsoft’s remote connect service
- On a separate device (a computer or mobile phone, like the one you are most likely reading this guide on), go to: https://aka.ms/remoteconnect
- Enter your unique 8 digit code from the Nintendo Switch on the Microsoft website, and sign in to the Microsoft account you created earlier
- Your copy of Minecraft should now be linked to your Microsoft account, you are ready to add your Friends and play!
- To add friends from other platforms to your Nintendo Switch, navigate to the Friends tab from the right side of your screen
- Click the “Add Friend” button
- Enter your friend’s Microsoft Gamertag to add them! (be sure to enter it exactly, and please note that only Microsoft Gamertag IDs are supported at this time)
You now have the latest version of Minecraft and can play with friends on other platforms!