Nintendo Switch Lite Support

    • Can I use an SD card on Nintendo Switch?

      Only microSD cards can be used on the Nintendo Switch console. Due to the slot size, SD cards and miniSD cards are not compatible with Nintendo Switch.

    • Which microSD cards are supported?

      The following types of microSD cards are supported on Nintendo Switch:

      • microSD (up to 2 GB)
      • microSDHC (4 GB - 32 GB)
      • microSDXC (64 GB and above)

      Important: In order to use a microSDXC card on the Nintendo Switch console, a system update is required.

      In order to improve your gameplay experience, using a microSD card with a higher transfer speed is recommended.

      High-speed microSD card guidelines:

      • UHS-I (Ultra High Speed Phase I) compatible
      • Transfer speed 60 - 95 MB/sec (the higher the transfer speed, the better gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch)
    • What information can be saved to a microSD card on Nintendo Switch?
      • Downloadable software
      • Software update data
      • Downloadable content (DLC)
      • Screenshots and captured videos

      Important: Game save data is stored to the System Memory and cannot be copied or saved to a microSD card.

    • Can I move data from the system memory to a microSD card?

      Screenshots and captured gameplay videos can be moved from the system memory to a microSD card, and vice versa. Downloadable software cannot. If you want to free up space on the system memory, simply delete or archive any saved software, and redownload it from the Nintendo eShop while a microSD card is inserted in the console.

      • When a microSD card is inserted in the console, it becomes the default save location for downloadable software.

      Game save data cannot be copied to a microSD card.

    • Can I use multiple microSD cards with my system?

      We recommend using a single microSD card with your Nintendo Switch console. If you run out of space, you can copy over all the data to a larger microSD card.

      • Keep in mind that downloadable software saved to multiple microSD cards cannot be combined later into a single microSD card.
    • How to Insert/Remove microSD Cards

      In this article, you'll learn how to insert or remove a microSD card on a Nintendo Switch system.

      Complete these steps:

      Insert a microSD card Bottom of Form

      1. Power off Nintendo Switch System, then gently open the microSD card slot cover.
      2. Ensure the microSD card is properly positioned with the label facing away from the system.
      3. Insert the microSD card into the slot and gently push down until it clicks into place, then close the slot cover.

      Remove a microSD card

      1. Power off Nintendo Switch Lite, then gently open the microSD card slot cover.
      Gently push down on the top of the microSD card until you hear a click, then slide it out of the microSD card slot.
  • Data Management

    Here's an introduction to the types of data that can be saved on Nintendo Switch and the different ways you can manage that data.

    Types of data

    • Software data
    • Save data
    • Screenshots taken using Capture Button

    What is software data?

    Software data includes downloadable versions of software, downloadable content and update data. It doesn't include save data.

    Save destinations for data

    The data mentioned above can be saved in the following locations:

    • The console's system memory
    • A microSD card
    • Save data
    • Screenshots
    • Software data

    The possible save destinations differ depending on the type of data.

    • Software data/screenshots

    This data is saved to a microSD card if one is inserted and will be saved to the system memory if the microSD card is full.

    You can select a save destination for screenshots via System Settings ⇒ Data Management ⇒ Save Data/Screenshots ⇒ Manage Screenshots.

    Save data

    This data is saved in the console's system memory. Even if you are playing the retail version of a game, this data will not be saved to the game card. It cannot be saved to a microSD card either.

    Managing software data

    On Nintendo Switch, you can archive software data to clear up free space in a given save destination. Only save data and the icon on the HOME Menu will remain for archived software.

    If you would like to archive software, select that software on the HOME Menu, press the + or - Button and then select Data Management ⇒ Archive Software.

    Only the icon on the HOME Menu will remain for archived software. An icon will display before the software name to show that it has been archived.

    You can select this icon to redownload the software. Redownloading may not be possible for software that is no longer being distributed.

    If you want to delete the software icon, too

    Open the options menu for the software you'd like to delete, then select Data Management ⇒ Delete Software. Save data will not be deleted.

    Managing save data/screenshots


    Open Album on the HOME Menu, then press [X Button] on the list of screenshots to select images to delete.

    If you'd like to manage all of your screenshots at once, go to System Settings ⇒ Data Management ⇒ Save Data/Screenshots ⇒ Manage Screenshots. There you can delete all of your screenshots or copy data between the microSD card and the system memory.

    Save data:

    All of your save data will be saved in the system memory. You can delete save data for each individual software by selecting System Settings ⇒ Data Management ⇒ Save Data/Screenshots ⇒ Delete Save Data.

    Deleting all data

    You can delete all data and return the Nintendo Switch console to the state you bought it in by restoring factory settings. All information saved on the Nintendo Switch console, including user information, internet settings and game-related news articles, will be deleted.