Nintendo has just rolled out a new system update for the Switch along with the new Switch Online service. The new service replaces the existing online infrastructure that has been in place since the system launched last year. Switch Online functions like PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, where users will be required to pay for a membership to the service in order to access network features in most games.
For now, Nintendo is offering a 7-day free trial for those who want to try out the premium benefits of Switch Online before committing to a full purpose of a membership. But, there’s a catch: you’ll end up being charged if you’re not careful.
This charge occurs a few hours prior to the end of the free trial, defaulting to the lowest-cost of all the membership options: $3.99. While this isn’t a huge charge, most folks won’t be happy to receive a surprise charge unless they’ve already fully committed to doing so beforehand. But, there is a way around this.
All you have to do is disable auto renewals via the Switch eShop. You do this by going to your account information, which is accessed by tapping the user icon on the top-right of the main eShop menu. Once there, simply head down to the last tab titled “Your Subscriptions”. This page will show you what payment method the auto-renewal will send the charge to and what services/games you’re subscribed to. Here’s how it looks:
To disable the auto-renewal for the Switch Online membership, simply hit the big “Turn Off Automatic Renewal” button. Be mindful that there’s a deadline as to when you can disable the charge. In my case, it’s just two hours prior to when my membership began next week (September 25, 2018 @ 10:06 PM). Your deadline will depend on when you start your free trial.