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If unwanted friend requests on the Nintendo Switch are getting on your nerves, it’s easy to disable them completely in Settings without affecting your current friend list. Best of all, you can still add friends later if you need to. Here’s how to  do it.

First, on the Nintendo Switch Home Menu, select your user profile icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.

In the sidebar menu of your profile page, select “User Settings.”

On your Switch profile page, select "User Settings."

In “User Settings,” scroll down the page and locate the “Friend Functions” section. Select “Friend Settings.”

In Switch User Settings, select "Friend Settings."

In “Friend Settings,” toggle “Receive Friend Requests” to “Off.” This turns off friend requests.

In Switch User Settings, turn "Receive Friend Requests" to "Off."

After that, press the “B” button several times to exit the “User Settings” Menu.

With “Receive Friend Requests” set to “Off,” you will no longer receive friend requests. But you can still add a friend by using the features on the Profile > Add Friend page, including exchanging a friend code or searching for local users. Have fun!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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