Yesterday, Nintendo released a new version of the Switch OS: version 5.0. The new update adds a few new features, but not anything major. Well, at least not on the surface.
One of the new features that were added is allowing you to link up your Twitter and Facebook profiles in order to add friends from those lists who also own Nintendo Switch systems. Eagle-eyed Switch users have poked around this new feature and have found that allows you to easily access Nintendo Switch’s light Internet Browser.
Yes, the Switch does have a browser, although it’s very lightweight and basic. There have been ways to access it in the past, but most of those paths have been either blocked or require you to jump through a lot of hoops. So, what’s the deal with this new exploit?
Well, all you have to do is go over to the new Facebook/Twitter tabs in the ‘FRIEND SUGGESTIONS’ tab of the Profile menu. There will be a button that says ‘Link to a Twitter/Facebook’ account. This will send you to a landing page which wants you to authorize the app. Instead of hitting the ‘Authorize’ button, all you have to do is hit the logo for the app (Twitter or Facebook) and it will take you to the mobile-version of the actual website. This will allow you to post and browse around like you would on a mobile phone, although you can only stay on these specific pages. So, you still cant’ access YouTube or any other websites.
LOL So I accidentally managed to view my Twitter account through my #NintendoSwitch.. Guess Nintendo's gotta patch that one, eh? @AndreSegers Have you noticed this loophole yet? pic.twitter.com/1xolt8AqNM
— Pariah Mentality (@PariahMentality) March 13, 2018
While this is a pretty cool exploit, it’s still nothing major. You’re better off just browsing the Internet via a phone or mobile device since this exploit doesn’t give you access to a fully-fledged Internet browser. Switch owners have been begging fans to add a true browser to the system since launch, but we’ll have to wait and see if it ever comes about.
Still, if you would like to try this out for yourself, you better act fast. Knowing Nintendo, this exploit could be patched up quickly.