Can You Download Switch Games From PC to SD Card?

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By Ralph Torres

As a Nintendo Switch owner, you may be wondering if it’s possible to download games directly onto your SD card from your PC. The short answer is no, it’s not possible. However, there are a few workarounds that can help you save space on your console.

Why Can’t You Download Switch Games From PC to SD Card?

The Nintendo Switch uses a proprietary file system that only the console can read. This means that if you want to download games onto the console, you have to do it through the eShop or via physical game cartridges.

Workaround 1: Downloading Games onto Your Console and Transferring Them to Your SD Card

While you can’t download games directly onto your SD card from your PC, it is possible to transfer them after downloading them onto your console. Here’s how:

  • 1. Go to the eShop on your Nintendo Switch and purchase or download the game you want.
  • 2.

    Open System Settings on your console and select Data Management.

  • 3. Choose Move Data Between System / microSD Card.
  • 4. Select the game you want to move and choose Move to microSD Card.

This will move the game from your console’s internal storage to your SD card.

However, do note that not all games are eligible for this transfer process due to their size or other restrictions.

Workaround 2: Use Homebrew Software

Another option is to use homebrew software, such as Tinfoil or Goldleaf, which allows you to install games directly onto your SD card from a PC using a USB cable or Wi-Fi connection.

However, using homebrew software can be risky as it can potentially damage your console or violate Nintendo’s terms of service.

The Bottom Line

While it may not be possible to download Switch games directly onto your SD card from your PC, there are workarounds that can help you save space on your console. However, it’s important to exercise caution when using homebrew software and to always follow Nintendo’s guidelines to avoid damaging your console or voiding its warranty.