Defeat Your Gaming Enemies Faster with a Nintendo Switch VPN

PIA VPN gives you the toolkit to stay safe while immersed in the worlds of Nintendo.

  • Defend your device from DDoS attacks and malware
  • Connect to our lightning-fast servers and defeat lag
  • Encrypt your data and bypass ISP throttling
Defeat Your Gaming Enemies Faster with a Nintendo Switch VPN

Ultimate Nintendo Switch Gaming with PIA VPN

Before you blast down Rainbow Road, make sure you’re protected.

Connect to a PIA server to mask your location and block DDoS attacks. Our servers also encrypt your gaming data to shield you from ISP throttling.

Set Up PIA VPN on Nintendo Switch in 3 Steps

Nintendo Switch doesn’t natively support VPNs, but don’t worry. Just install PIA on your router. That way, any device connected to your Wi-Fi gets protection, including your Nintendo Switch.

Step 1

Sign up for Private Internet Access

Step 2

Set up PIA on your router

Step 3

Choose a server & start playing Nintendo Switch

Select Your Virtual Location

Select Your Virtual Location

Connect to one of our servers in 154 locations to change your IP address and protect yourself from DDoS attacks. Choose a virtual location with cheaper pricing to save money when you buy games.

Fast Speeds for Instant Gaming

If your game lags, you’ll be a sitting target in Super Smash Bros.

PIA establishes a direct connection through our servers to reduce ping and cut lag. Our VPN also masks your IP address and encrypts your data to prevent ISP throttling.

Fast Speeds for Instant Gaming
Get Ultimate Nintendo Switch Protection (and More)

Get Ultimate Nintendo Switch Protection (and More)

You’ll need to install PIA on your router to protect your Nintendo Switch, or tether your Switch to another VPN-compatible device.

PIA VPN works on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Connect up to 10 devices simultaneously with one account.

PIA’s Top Nintendo Switch VPN Features

We’ve spent a decade optimizing our VPN for your gaming needs. From cutting-edge security to lightning-fast connections, you’ll get it all.

No Logs Policy
High Level Encryption
Unlimited Bandwidth
Open Source Transparency
24/7 Customer Support

How to Play Nintendo Switch with a Router VPN

Nintendo Switch doesn’t natively support VPNs, so you’ll need to install PIA on your router. Once you’ve done this, any device connected to your network gets protection, including game consoles and IoT hardware.

Step 2

Buy a compatible router, preferably a FlashRouter.

Step 3

If you buy a FlashRouter, follow the instructions that come with it.

Step 4

For any other router, follow the steps on this page.

How to Create a Virtual Router

An alternative option for a Nintendo Switch VPN is to create a virtual router. Like a physical router, this lets you protect any connected device, including your gaming consoles.

Step 2

Install the app on your computer and connect to a server

Step 3

Create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your computer

Step 4

Connect to your hotspot and start playing Nintendo Switch

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Yes, but Nintendo Switch doesn’t natively support VPNs. To get a gaming VPN for Nintendo, you’ll need to install PIA on your router. This gives VPN protection to any connected device, including all your gaming consoles.

It can, but it depends on your location and the game you’re playing. All VPNs slow down your connection a little bit, but with PIA it’s hardly noticeable. One advantage of using our VPN is it creates a more direct connection between your console and the gaming server. A direct connection gives your data a shorter round trip, dodges ISP throttling, and can decrease lag.

Our NextGen servers deliver some of the fastest VPN speeds on the planet, so you can enjoy responsive, lag-free gaming anytime.

No. Games only ban cheating or abusive players — they don’t ban gamers for using a VPN. Encrypting your data, hiding your IP address, and getting faster speeds are perfectly okay. Subscribe to PIA VPN and play Nintendo Switch worry-free.

The biggest benefit is security. Using PIA VPN while playing Nintendo Switch hides your IP address and scrambles your data using VPN encryption. This keeps your information hidden from third parties, protects you from DDoS attacks, and bypasses ISP throttling.

PIA VPN also finds the shortest route to your gaming server to give you a faster ping.

Once you’ve put PIA VPN on your router, any connected device will be protected. That includes your PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. One PIA account lets you connect 10 devices simultaneously, and your router only counts as one device.

Reach out to our 24/7 Customer Support team if you have questions about using PIA VPN to play games.

You can install PIA VPN on your router to protect your Nintendo Switch. That said, we recommend buying a FlashRouter. These routers are designed for VPNs and offer a quick plug-and-play solution. Other routers work as well, but they require more setup. Any device on your network, including your Nintendo Switch, will be protected once you’ve set up PIA VPN on your router.

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