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How to transfer your save data to a nearby Nintendo Switch

Instructions on how to transfer your save data for a specific game from one Nintendo Switch console to another.


  • This does not create a copy of your save data. Once the transfer is complete, the save data file on the source system is deleted.

  • Both systems must have system menu version 8.0.0 or higher, be connected to the Internet, and near each other.

  • Save data can only be transferred between users that are linked to the same Nintendo Account.


  • This feature allows you to move a save data file per game, per account from one Nintendo Switch system to another that is nearby.

  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to use this feature.

Complete These Steps:

On the Source Console

  1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings” > “Data Management” > “Transfer Your Save Data.”

  2. Select “Send Save Data to Another Console,” then select the user whose save data file you wish to transfer.

  3. Select the save data file for the software title you want to send to another console. 

  4. Select “Send Save Data.”

Important: Once sent, the save data file will be deleted from the source console.

On the Target Console

  1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings” > “Data Management” > “Transfer Your Save Data.” 

  2. Select “Receive Save Data” and place both consoles near each other. 

    • Important:

      • If there is existing save data for the same software on the target console, you can either cancel the transfer or select “Overwrite Save Data” to continue. 

      • Keep in mind that, once deleted, overwritten save data cannot be recovered. 

  3. Once the save data transfer is complete, select “OK.” You can now resume your game on the target console.

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