Guide to Setting up Wi-Fi on Your Nintendo 3DS XL

Connect your 3DS to the internet to play online

New Nintendo 3DS XL
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The Nintendo 3DS XL doesn't simply play cartridge games. When connected to the internet, the 3DS can access eShop to download games and apps, take part in online multiplayer games, and even browse the web.

Connect the Nintendo 3DS XL to Wi-Fi

  1. From the HOME menu, tap System Settings. It's the one shaped like a wrench.

  2. Choose Internet Settings.

  3. Tap Connection Settings.

  4. Pick the New Connection option.

  5. Tap New Connection. You can set up three internet connections. 

  6. Choose Manual Setup, or Tutorial if you want to watch a tutorial on setting up Wi-Fi.

  7. Tap Search for Access Point to search for your Wi-Fi network.

  8. Find the name for your network and then tap it from the list.

  9. If asked, enter the password to your wireless network.

  10. Tap OK to save the connection settings.

  11. Choose OK once more to perform a connection test. If everything is fine, you'll receive a prompt letting you know that your Nintendo 3DS XL is connected to Wi-Fi.

  12. From this point forward, as long as Wi-Fi is turned on for your 3DS and you're within range of an approved access point, your 3DS will go online automatically.


If you don't see your network populate at Step 8, make sure the router is close enough to deliver a strong signal. If moving closer doesn't help, unplug your router or modem from the wall, wait 30 seconds, and then reattach the cable and wait for the device to fully power back on. (Don't attempt this if it's not your router.)

Don't know the password for your router? You might need to change the router's password if you've forgotten it or reset the router back to factory default settings so that you can access the router with the default password.