Nintendo Support

Nintendo Switch System Updates

Nintendo constantly aims to improve the functionality of its systems and services in order to provide the easiest, most user-friendly experience possible. As a part of these efforts, we are making Nintendo Switch system updates available for download via the Internet.

Latest version: 13.0.0 (Distributed September 15, 2021)

Performing the System Update:

In most situations, the Nintendo Switch will automatically download the most recent system update while it is connected online. You can verify your current menu version and manually start the update from the System Settings menu if necessary.

If you are unable to perform the system update, restart your console and try again.

Version 13.0.0 Released on 15/09/2021

Bluetooth® audio support was added.

  • Headphones, earbuds, speakers, and other audio devices that connect with Bluetooth can now be paired with Nintendo Switch family systems for audio output.

    • Bluetooth microphones are not supported.

    • Up to two compatible wireless controllers can be connected to the system while using Bluetooth audio.

    • Bluetooth audio cannot be used while local wireless communication is active.

    • Depending on the Bluetooth audio device, there may be some audio delay.

    • For more information, see How to Pair and Manage Bluetooth Audio Devices.

“Update Dock” was added under System in System Settings for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems, allowing for software updates to Nintendo Switch docks with a LAN port.

  • Dock software updates are not available for Nintendo Switch docks without a LAN port.

  • This feature was not added to Nintendo Switch Lite.

  • For more information, see How to Update the Dock Firmware.

“Maintain Internet Connection in Sleep Mode” was added under Sleep Mode in System Settings.

  • When this setting is enabled, systems with wired internet connections will maintain internet connection even while in sleep mode. This allows for software and add-on content to download to the system while the system is in sleep mode.

    • The setting is enabled by default.

  • When this setting is disabled, the system will connect to the internet only periodically, which decreases power consumption and delays downloads while in sleep mode.

Note: Systems that are not updated to version 13.0.0 or later behave as if this setting is enabled.

The method to initiate “Calibrate Control Sticks” in System Settings was changed.

  • From System Settings, go to Controllers and Sensors, select Calibrate Control Sticks, then fully tilt the control stick in any one direction and keep it tilted for a few seconds to begin calibration.

Users can now view whether their wireless internet connection is using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency band under “Connection Status” after selecting Internet in System Settings.

 ** The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nintendo is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.


Information on Previous Versions:

Version 12.1.0 Released on 06/07/2021

Added the following system functionality:

  • If there is not enough space remaining on the system memory (internal storage) or microSD card when downloading game software update data, you can now delete old data for that software, enabling you to download the new data.

    • When deleting the old data, you won't be able to play the game until the new data has finished downloading.

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 12.0.3 Released on 08/06/2021

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 12.0.2 Released on 12/05/2021

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 12.0.1 Released on 20/04/2021

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 12.0.0 Released on 06/04/2021

We fixed the issue with the save data backup feature, where in rare cases, the automatic backup of save data is interrupted if a communication error occurs during completion of the save data backup process.

Ver. 11.0.1 Released on 11/12/2020

Corrections for the following problems that occurred with system update version 11.0.0

  • Corrected a problem where some games couldn't be played correctly.

  • Corrected a problem where, in combination with some TVs, the image would not be displayed in TV mode and an error occurred.

  • Corrected a problem which changed how the Control Stick and the C Stick on the Nintendo GameCube controller responded.

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.


Ver. 11.0.0 Released on 01/12/2020

Nintendo Switch Online was added to the HOME Menu.

  • Access all Nintendo Switch Online services, from getting the latest information to checking your membership status.* This feature is not available in some countries/regions.

A new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud.

  • When using software with the same Nintendo Account linked to multiple systems, save data backed up from one console will automatically be downloaded to your other system(s).*To use this feature, it must be enabled under System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud.*Save data will not be downloaded automatically unless save data for that software exists on the console. The first time only, users must download the save data manually.*A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Save Data Cloud service.


A new Trending feature was added to the User Page.

  • Users can check what software their friends are playing or have started playing recently. Information will not be displayed for friends who have their online status set to display to no one.

Users can now transfer screenshots and videos from Album to their smart devices.

  • Users can wirelessly connect their smart devices to Nintendo Switch to transfer the screenshots and videos saved within their Album.

  • For screenshots, users can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots and 1 video capture at once.*To connect, users must use their smart device to scan the QR Code displayed on the Nintendo Switch screen. For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.*“QR Code” is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos.

  • Users can use a USB cable to connect Nintendo Switch to their computers to copy the screenshots and videos saved under Album.* A USB charging cable [model HAC-010] or a USB-IF certified USB cable that supports data transfer is required to connect to a computer.For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.* Connection via the Nintendo Switch dock is not supported. Please connect the Nintendo Switch system directly to the computer.

Users can now select what download to prioritize when there are multiple downloads in progress.

  • When there are multiple software, update data, or downloadable content downloads in progress, users can now select which they want to download first.

  • You can set this under Download Options by selecting the icon for the software you want to download first on the HOME Menu.

User icons were added.

  • 12 user icons that commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series were added.

Users can now name preset button mappings with the Change Button Mapping feature.

Brazilian Portuguese was added as a supported language.

  • When users set their region to the Americas and their language to Português, the language used on the HOME Menu and in certain software will be displayed in Brazilian Portuguese.

Several issues were fixed, and usability and stability were improved.

Ver. 10.2.0 Released on 15/09/2020

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 10.1.0 Released on 14/07/2020

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 10.0.4 Released on 05/06/2020

We have fixed the issue where it was not possible in some countries or regions to add funds using a new credit card or to register credit card information in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Ver. 10.0.3 Released on 26/05/2020

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 10.0.2 Released on 30/04/2020

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including a solution for the following:

We have fixed an issue where a Nintendo Switch console with system menu version 10.0.0 or 10.0.1 does not set up a new Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, sometimes causing incorrect joystick control.

Ver. 10.0.1 Released on 22/04/2020

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 10.0.0 Released on 14/04/2020

Added a bookmark feature to News. This feature allows you to bookmark your favourite news items.

  • A maximum of 300 news items can be bookmarked.

  • An Internet connection is required to view bookmarked News items.

  • News items that are no longer available cannot be viewed, even if they were bookmarked.

Added an option to transfer software data between the system memory and an SD card.

  • Users can now transfer downloadable software, update data, and DLC from the system memory to an SD card (and vice versa).

  • Note that save data and some update data cannot be transferred to an SD card.

Added an option to remap the controller buttons.

  • Analog stick and button configurations can now be changed for each paired controller.

  • Custom configurations can be saved as favourites in System Settings > Controllers and Sensors.

    • Custom configuration are stored on the Nintendo Switch system.

    • Configurations can be customised for the following controllers: Joy-Con(L), Joy-Con(R), Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Button configurations can also be customised on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.

    • This feature is not available for other controllers.

    • On each system, up to five favourite custom configurations can be saved for Joy-Con (L), five for Joy-Con(R), and five for Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Five configurations can also be saved as favourites for Nintendo Switch Lite.

Added a new section in User Settings for Play Activity Settings.

  • The options for “Display play activity to:” and “Delete Play Activity” have been moved from Friend Settings to the new Play Activity Settings.

Added new selections to the lineup of user profile icons.

  • Select from 6 new icons from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game for your user.

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 9.2.0 Released on 03/03/2020

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 9.1.0 Released on 05/12/2019

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including a solution for the following:

  • Resolved an issue where the colour animation was not displaying correctly when attaching a Joy-Con to the Nintendo Switch console.

Ver. 9.0.1 Released on 30/09/2019

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including a solution for the following:

  • Resolved an issue that may have triggered errors during game play.

  • Resolved an issue that may display an instruction to remove the Joy-Con during the initial setup of Nintendo Switch Lite.

Ver. 9.0.0 Released on 10/09/2019

Added a search feature for the News Channel.

  • Channels can be searched using filters or free text.

Added “Display QR Code to Check In” to User Settings

  • You can display a QR Code on-screen to check in using your Nintendo Account.

Alarm Notifications has been added to System Settings > Notifications.

  • You can check or delete pre-set alarms.

  • Alarms can be set up only within supported software (to be added at a later time)

  • A controller firmware update may be required to this feature.

You can now configure touch screen sensitivity settings.

  • Select between Standard and Stylus sensitivity (optimized for stylus input).

Added the option to turn on/off the system button input (Nintendo Switch Lite only).

  • When this setting is turned off the system no longer receives input from the console buttons, with the exception of the Capture and HOME Buttons, and can only be operated from a wirelessly paired controller (sold separately).

  • This setting is on by default and can only be turned off if a compatible controller (sold separately) is wirelessly paired to the console.

  • The setting will automatically turn back on when the console is restarted or after returning from sleep mode.

Added “Online Play Invites” section to the User's page.

  • Invites from friends to join online play in supported software will be displayed in this section.

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Ver. 8.1.0 Released on 18/06/2019

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 8.0.1 Released on 24/04/2019

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 8.0.0 Released on 16/04/2019

Added the following system functionality:

  • A Sort Software feature is available after selecting to view All Software from the HOME Menu .

    • Software can be sorted by time last played, total play time, software title, and software publisher

    • The All Software option displays when there are 13 or more software icons on the HOME Menu

  • A View All Available News option is available within News, allowing you to view all news items currently being distributed

    • Go to News > Channel List > View All Available News

  • Select from 15 new icons from Splatoon 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World for your user

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the HOME Menu > Profile

  • A feature to Transfer Your Save Data is now available, allowing you to transfer your save data for individual games between your Nintendo Switch systems

    • Go to System Settings > Data Management > Transfer Your Save Data

    • Save data will not remain on your source system after the transfer process completes

  • A Zoom feature can be enabled from within System Settings

    • Go to System Settings > System to turn Zoom ON

    • Once enabled, you can use the Zoom feature by pressing the HOME Button twice

  • An option is available to prevent the system from waking from Sleep Mode when an AC adapter is disconnected

    • Go to System Settings > Sleep Mode > Wake When AC Adapter is Disconnected

    • This also applies when undocking your console

  • A VR Mode (3D Visuals) restriction is available within Parental Controls

    • This will also be available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app through a later update

    • Go to System Settings > Parental Controls

    • These settings can also be changed from within Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit

  • Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea is available for selection in Region

    • Go to System Settings > System > Region

  • The following names have been changed (functionality remains the same)

    • Save Data Cloud Backup > Save Data Cloud

    • Transfer Your User and Save Data > Transfer Your User Data

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 7.0.1 Released on 19/02/2019

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games cannot reconnect to the Pokémon GO app if the game software was closed after pairing with the app.

Ver. 7.0.0 Released on 29/01/2019

  • Select from six new New Super Mario Bros.™ U Deluxe icons for your user

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page > Profile on the top left of the HOME menu

  • Added additional language support to the HOME Menu for Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and Korean

    • To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > Language

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 6.2.0 Released on 20/11/2018

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 6.1.0 Released on 30/10/2018

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where certain games don’t recognise a Nintendo Switch Online membership for a short time after purchase

Ver. 6.0.1 Released on 09/10/2018

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where internet connection test does not display correct results for download and upload speed

  • Resolved an issue where some licensed controllers' motion controls such as tilt function respond incorrectly

Ver. 6.0.0 Released on 19/09/2018

Nintendo Switch Online* features and functionality have been added, including:

  • Save Data Cloud Backup

*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Save Data Cloud backup available in compatible games. Terms apply. To learn more, click here.

  • User your internet connection to back up game save data for compatible games

  • Some games are not compatible with Save Data Cloud

  • To back up save data or download a previous backup, head to System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud Backup

Added the following system functionality

  • Upload up to four Album screenshots at once on supported social network services

    • Only one captured video can be uploaded at once

  • Select from six new Captain Toad icons for your user

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

  • Play your digital software and content on non-primary consoles by linking your Nintendo Account

    • The term "active console" has been renamed "primary console" in Nintendo eShops

    • Playing software in multiple consoles has certain restrictions

  • Display of Nintendo Switch News articles will be limited to match the restricted software parental controls setting selections

    • Please note that the restriction will only apply to News articles distributed after the release of version 6.0.0.

  • Change the layout of the USB keyboard to the desired language

    • To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > USB Keyboard

Removed the following system functionality

  • After installing the system update, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user

  • Compatibility improvements have been made for a controller licensed by Nintendo

Ver. 5.1.0 Released on 31/05/2018

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 5.0.2 Released on 17/04/2018

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused motion controls to respond incorrectly when playing games that use the feature

  • Resolved an issue that caused user icons for recommended friends to not display correctly

Ver. 5.0.1 Released on 27/03/2018

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 5.0.0 Released on 13/03/2018

Added the following system functionality

  • Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions

    • Friend suggestions are based on the Facebook and Twitter accounts you have linked to your Nintendo Account

    • To view your friend suggestions, from the top left of the HOME Menu head to your User Page > Friend Suggestions

    • You must be 13 or older to use this feature

  • Select from 24 new ARMS and the Kirby series icons for your user

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

  • Filter News to view only unread news or news from specific channels

  • To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad

    • When prompted to enter you Parental Controls PIN, press and hold the + Button to change between input methods

  • Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization

  • Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelist to exclude them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting

    • Play-Time Limit restrictions will still apply even when the software title has been whitelisted.

  • Receive notification when pre-purchased software is ready to play

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors will now display in the Controllers menu

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of your User Page

Ver. 4.0.1 Released on 26/10/2017

Added the following system functionality

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

    • Changed the HDMI connection process specification to match that of version 3.0.2 to address video and sound output issues with some TV models.

Ver. 4.0.0 Released on 19/10/2017

Added the following system functionality

  • Capture video on select games

    • To capture video, hold down the Capture Button during gameplay

    • Up to a maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved in the Album. You can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter.

    • As of October 19th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2

  • Select from 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons for your user

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

  • Transfer user and save data to another system

    • To transfer, head to System Settings > Users > Transfer Your User and Save Data

  • Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop

    • A pre-purchase option will be available for certain games. This option allows pre-load of the game to your system for quicker play when the game is released.

    • This feature will be supported by future game releases

  • News channel updates

    • The news feed has been updated with a new look.

    • Unfollowing a channel will remove that channel's content from the news feed and following the channel again will make it reappear.

  • Match software version with a group of local users

    • To create a group, head to the software's Options > Software Update > Match Version with Local Users

    • Everyone's software will be updated to match the most recent version in the group

    • All users must be on system menu version 4.0.0 or later to view and join a group

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Changed the specification which hid wireless networks using TKIP security from the network search results. Wireless networks using TKIP security will now display in search results as a grayed-out selection instead of not being displayed

    • The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK(AES), and WPA2-PSK(AES). If your router is using a different security type (e.g. WPA-PSK(TKIP)), you will need to change this security type within your router's settings.

Ver. 3.0.2

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 3.0.1

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Addressed an issue in which the remaining battery charge can't be displayed accurately

Ver. 3.0.0

Added the following system functionality

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games

    • To register, head to News > Find Channels

  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists

    • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions

  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online

    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications

  • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature

    • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers

  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu

    • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order

  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon

    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings

    • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button

  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack

    • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume* This setting will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled

  • Change display colours to Invert Colours or Greyscale

    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colours

  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable

    • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication* The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.

  • Update connected controllers

    • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers

  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software

    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive* User save data is not deleted

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting

  • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode

Ver. 2.3.0 (Distributed 15/5/2017)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 2.2.0 (Distributed 17/4/2017)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 2.1.0 (Distributed 27/3/2017)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Ver. 2.0.0 (Distributed 3/3/2017)

The following network features are now available * Nintendo Account required. Some features may not be available in all countries/regions.

  • Playing online

    • Online multiplayer available for free until the paid online service launches in 2018. Not available in all countries.

  • Adding friends

    • Friends can be added from My Page, head to the HOME Menu and select your icon on the upper left.

  • Sharing Album screenshots to Facebook and Twitter

  • Browsing and purchasing content on Nintendo eShop

  • Receiving News relating to games, Nintendo eShop discounts, and promotions

  • Earning My Nintendo points for game card (retail version)

Added the following system functionality

  • Update game software

  • Turn on the TV automatically when placing the Nintendo Switch console in the Nintendo Switch dock.

    • HDMI settings must also be enabled on your TV. Some TV models may be unable to use this feature. To turn on this feature for the Nintendo Switch console, head to System Settings > TV Settings > Match TV Power State

  • Display the battery percentage on the HOME Menu

    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > System > Console Battery (%)

  • Format the microSD card

    • To format, head to System Settings > System > Formatting Options > Format microSD Card