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How to Archive Software

Description:

Instructions for archiving downloadable software on Nintendo Switch.

Additional Information:

  • Downloadable software can be archived in order to free up space.

  • Once archived, you can redownload the software by selecting the software icon on the HOME Menu.

  • Archiving software will not impact your save data.

Important:

system update is required for some of these features to be available.

Complete These Steps:

Archiving software can be done in the following ways:

From within Data Management

Use one of the following options:

  • Manage Software

    • This allows you to archive and manage individual software titles.

      1. From the HOME Menu, select "System Settings" > "Data Management" > "Manage Software."

      2. Select the software title you would like to archive, then select "Archive Software" > "Archive."

  • Quick Archive

    • This allows you to archive multiple software titles simultaneously.

      1. From the HOME Menu, select "System Settings" > "Data Management" > "Quick Archive."

      2. Select all the software titles you would like to archive, then select "Archive Data" > "Archive."

From the Software Options Menu
  1. Select a software icon from the HOME Menu.

  2. Select "Options" at the bottom of the screen, or press the "-" or "+" Buttons on the Joy-Con controllers.

  3. Select "Manage Software," then "Archive Software."

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