Can I Transfer Switch Games From One SD Card to Another?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you tired of running out of storage space on your Nintendo Switch? Have you considered transferring your games from one SD card to another? If so, you’re not alone.

Many Switch users have wondered if it’s possible to transfer their games in this way. The good news is that the answer is yes! In this article, we’ll discuss the process for transferring Switch games from one SD card to another.

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, let’s talk about what you’ll need to complete this process. First and foremost, you’ll need both SD cards – the one with the games already installed and the new one that will be receiving those games. You’ll also need a computer with an SD card reader or an external SD card reader.

Step 1: Insert Both SD Cards Into Your Computer

The first step in transferring your Switch games is to insert both SD cards into your computer. If your computer doesn’t have an SD card reader built-in, you can use an external reader that connects via USB. Once both cards are inserted, open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and locate the two drives.

Step 2: Copy Games From Old SD Card

Next, locate the folder on your old SD card where your games are stored. This should be in a folder called “Nintendo” at the root level of the drive. Copy this entire folder and paste it onto your desktop or another location on your computer.

Step 3: Format Your New SD Card

Insert your new SD card into your computer and format it using the “exFAT” file system. This can be done by right-clicking on the drive in File Explorer or Finder and selecting “Format.” Make sure to select “exFAT” as the file system type before formatting.

Step 4: Copy Games to New SD Card

Once your new SD card has been formatted, you’re ready to transfer your games. Simply copy the “Nintendo” folder from your desktop or other location and paste it onto the root level of your new SD card.

Step 5: Insert New SD Card Into Your Switch

Finally, insert your new SD card into your Nintendo Switch and turn it on. Your games should now be available on the new card.

  • Note: It’s important to keep in mind that any saved game data or user profiles are stored on the Switch’s internal memory, not the SD card. This means that if you switch between multiple SD cards, you’ll need to move those files over as well.
  • Another Note: If you have a lot of games installed, this process may take some time. Be patient and make sure not to remove either SD card during the transfer process.

The Bottom Line

Transferring Switch games from one SD card to another is a relatively simple process that can help free up storage space on your device. With just a few steps, you can easily move all of your games from an old card to a new one. Whether you’re upgrading to a larger capacity card or simply looking for more space, this process can be a lifesaver for avid Switch gamers.