I never really envisioned myself writing this kind of blog post, but I recently spent hours (yes, HOURS) trying to figure out how to connect a supervised Nintendo Switch account to Epic Games. That time was too much to waste, so thought I should share what I finally figured out. Once it was all said and done, I found I could do it in about 10 steps (see below).
Our oldest son received some gift cards for Fortnite V-bucks. You must redeem these types of gift cards on the Epic Games website. However, he has a supervised Nintendo account, so no email is associated with his Nintendo account. This made it difficult to connect his account rather than my parent account to an Epic Games account. V-bucks are non-transferrable, so we had to figure out how to redeem them on his own account.
Fix the “Nameless” Epic Games Account
Since he had already played Fortnite on his Nintendo Switch, he had what some refer to as a “nameless Epic Games” account. When he first started playing Fortnite, he chose a screen name and was automatically assigned an Epic ID. I had to figure out how to access this “nameless” account and connect it to his Nintendo Switch supervised account.
It seemed that I should be able to choose the option on Epic Games to sign in using a Nintendo account, but it kept taking me to a form that required an email address rather than opening a window to sign in a Nintendo account. I felt like I was going round and round in circles! Then I stumbled on the key to making it work. The key? Use an incognito window in my browser. Once I did that, it was smooth sailing. It’s painful now to think of how much time I spent. I listed step by step instructions below. I hope this saves you some time!
10 Steps to Connect a Supervised Nintendo Switch Account to Epic Games
I wrote these instructions assuming your child already has Fortnite installed on their Nintendo Switch and has a “nameless Epic Games” account (see above).
- Open incognito window in your browser. I used Chrome.
- On epicgames.com click sign in. Do not use any previous Epic login information.
- Click on the option to sign in using a Nintendo account
- A window should pop up with the Nintendo sign in page.
- Log in using your child’s Nintendo sign-in ID and password.
- You’ll be prompted to ask permission from your parent.
- Check the parent’s email used for their Nintendo account for the permission request email.
- Open that email and click on the link and sign into the parent account to approve sharing of information with Epic Games. NOTE: I went through this process again for my other son since originally posting these instructions. There were some additional steps to confirm that you are an adult. Just follow the instructions as they come up. After confirming I was an adult, it automatically brought me to the page I needed to create my son’s account.
- Go back to Epic to sign in using your child’s Nintendo account again.
- Enter an email address. You will need a previously unused email address to create the Epic Games sign in.
- You should be logged in and able to view your child’s Epic account display name at the top right hand corner of the window.
Now you’re all set up to redeem the V-bucks gift cards to your child’s own Epic account!
NOTE/UPDATE 9-25-22: Per one of the comments below, if in the EU/UK, children under 10 will lose the voice chat option once the accounts are linked. Something to be aware of.