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How to Connect A Supervised Nintendo Switch Account to Epic Games

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).

  1. Open incognito window in your browser. I used Chrome.
  2. Click sign in. Do not use any previous Epic login information.
  3. Click on the option to sign in using a Nintendo account
  4. A window should pop up with the Nintendo sign in page.
  5. Log in using your child’s sign-in ID and password.
  6. You’ll be prompted to ask permission from your parent.
  7. Check the parent’s email used for their Nintendo account for the permission request email.
  8. Open that email and click on the link and sign into the parent account to approve sharing of information with Epic Games.
  9. Go back to Epic to sign in using your child’s Nintendo account again.
    1. Enter an email address. You will need a previously unused email address to create the Epic Games sign in.
  10. 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!

4 replies on “How to Connect A Supervised Nintendo Switch Account to Epic Games”

This has already helped a ton. Seems like I am in the same boat you were in.
I’m getting hung up on step 5, for some reason I can’t enter my child’s info into the Nintendo account. He is 10 and not able to have one of the 13-17 accounts so my question may be targeted at a different age group.
My kiddo has a supervised account under my primary account, and I am able to successfully, at least they say it’s successful, update his password under the family group section. When I go back to enter w/ his email address and the new password I put in I keep getting email/password incorrect. Pretty sure I’ve got this all entered in correctly but after hitting this same brick wall several days in a row I’m up for any advice. Thanks for your time,

This was a life saver and I would have been lost had I not found your blog when I searched how to connect a kids fortnite acccount to Epic games. We encountered a few mores steps than the 10 you listed – first we had to realize he had his own Nintendo username under the family account (hadnt touched it since we set it up) and then we had to update his nintendo account to be able to receive/send info to 3rd party apps. Once we overcame that it was smooth sailing – unfortunely this was all after we had already attempted a vbucks card with an epic games account that I had created and attached to my husbands profile on the switch – I’m sure he will find a way to spend 1000 vbucks just fine though 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share your lessons learned that saved extended frustration into our Sunday morning – which happens to be our sons 9th birthday 🙂

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