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How to Download Save Data Cloud Backups

In this article, you'll learn how to download save data backups to a Nintendo Switch console.


  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use this feature.

    • If your membership expires, you can begin a new membership within 180 days to regain access to your save data cloud backups.

  • When downloading a backup from the Save Data Cloud service, the existing save data on the console for that game will be overwritten and cannot be recovered.

  • If automatic save-data download is enabled and the data stored via the Save Data cloud service is newer than the save data on the console, the newer data will automatically download while the console in sleep mode.

    • Save data will not be automatically downloaded if no save data for the software is on the console. 

Save data backups can be downloaded from the game's software menu or from within System Settings.

Complete These Steps:

To download a backup from the software menu:

  1. Open the game's software menu and select Save Data Cloud

  2. Select the desired user, then select Download Save Data

To download a backup from within System Settings:

  1. From the HOME Menu, select System Settings, then Data Management and finally Save Data Cloud

  2. Select the desired user, then choose the backup file you wish to download. 

  3. Select Download Save Data

To download a backup using automatic save-data download:

  1. Put the console into Sleep Mode. 

  2. Allow the console to remain in Sleep Mode — it may take some time for the backup to be downloaded.