The information in this article can help you when there is not enough space to download digital content or a specific game from the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Storage requirements vary by game.
Information about specific game storage requirements (including whether a microSD card is required) is always located on the game packaging (physical versions) and in the Nintendo eShop (digital versions).
You should always verify that you have the required storage space before making your purchase.
Expand the available memory on your Nintendo Switch system by purchasing a microSD card.
A microSD card can be used to save screenshots and software data, including downloaded software, software updates, and DLC.
MicroSD cards are available in different sizes, and are also useful for future digital purchases.
Nintendo does not currently sell microSD cards. However, they are available through many different retailers.
Learn more about using microSD Cards on Nintendo Switch.
Free up currently used storage space on your Nintendo Switch system.
Verify the current amount of storage space on your Nintendo Switch console, and delete or archive files that you are not currently using.
Game save data is stored on the console’s System Memory, and cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card. You can free up space in the System Memory using Manage Save Data/Screenshots.
Software data (including downloaded software, software updates, and screenshots) can be stored on the System Memory or on a microSD card.
Learn more about data management on Nintendo Switch.