Can I Move Switch Games to SD Card?

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By Eric Wilson

Are you running out of storage space on your Nintendo Switch? Do you want to know if it’s possible to move your Switch games to an SD card?

The answer is yes, you can! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps involved in moving your games from the Switch’s internal storage to an SD card.

What You Need

Before we begin, let’s make sure you have everything you need. You will need a Nintendo Switch console, an SD card with enough storage space for your games, and a stable internet connection. It is also recommended that you use a fast and reliable SD card to ensure smooth gameplay.

Step 1: Power Off Your Switch

Firstly, switch off your Nintendo Switch console by holding down the power button for a few seconds. Once it is powered off completely, remove the microSD card from its slot on the back of the console.

Step 2: Insert Your SD Card

Insert the SD card into the slot labeled “microSDXC Card” found under the kickstand at the back of your switch.

Step 3: Power On Your Switch

Power on your Nintendo Switch console by holding down the power button for a few seconds.

Step 4: Format Your SD Card

Once your console has started up successfully, head over to “System Settings” from the home menu. Scroll down and select “System.”

Next, scroll down again and select “Formatting Options.” Here you will find “Format microSD Card.” Select this option and wait for formatting to complete.

Note: Formatting will erase all data on the microSD card; ensure that any data saved on it has been backed up elsewhere before formatting.

Step 5: Move Games To The SD Card

Now that formatting is complete, navigate back to “System Settings” from the home menu. Scroll down and select “Data Management.” Next, select “Move Data Between System / microSD Card.”

Here you will see a list of all your downloaded games. Select the game you want to move and select “Move Data.” This process may take some time depending on the game’s size.

Note: Not all games can be moved to the SD card. Games that don’t support moving will have the option grayed out.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Games From The SD Card

Once the data has been successfully moved to the SD card, you can start playing your game as usual. You’ll notice that your Switch’s internal storage now has more space available for new games or other content.

– You can move multiple games at once by selecting them all at once in step 5.
– It is recommended that you use a high-speed microSD card with a minimum write speed of 60MB/s for optimal performance.
– If you need to remove your SD card for any reason, make sure to power off your console before removing it.

In Conclusion

In summary, moving your Nintendo Switch games to an SD card is easy and convenient. With just a few simple steps, you can free up space on your console’s internal storage and continue enjoying your favorite games.