Can You Install Switch Games on SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

Have you ever found yourself running out of storage space on your Nintendo Switch? With a limited internal storage capacity, it’s not uncommon for gamers to face this issue.

But what if we told you that there’s a solution – installing Switch games on an SD card? Is it possible? Let’s find out.

Understanding the Basics

Firstly, let’s understand what an SD card is and how it works. An SD (Secure Digital) card is a small portable storage device that can be used to store digital files such as photos, videos, and music. It comes in different sizes ranging from 2GB to 512GB and more.

The Nintendo Switch also supports the use of an SD card as external storage for downloaded games and content. This means that you can install games on your SD card instead of using the limited internal storage of the console.

Can You Install Switch Games on SD Card?

The answer is yes, you can install Switch games on an SD card. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Firstly, not all games are compatible with external storage. Some games require the use of internal storage due to technical limitations or anti-piracy measures.

Secondly, even if a game supports external storage installation, it may not run as smoothly as when installed on internal storage. The speed and performance of the SD card can affect game loading times and overall gameplay experience.

Lastly, it’s important to note that installing games on an SD card does not mean that you can play them on another console unless you have linked your Nintendo account with the console.

How to Install Switch Games on SD Card

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Insert your SD card into the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select ‘System Settings’ from the home screen.
  3. Select ‘Data Management’ from the options.
  4. Select ‘Archive Software’ to move an installed game to the SD card or select ‘Download Options’ and then ‘Download Location’ to set the SD card as the default download location for new games.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.


In conclusion, installing Switch games on an SD card is a viable option for those who are running low on internal storage space. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all games support external storage installation and that performance may vary. Follow the above steps carefully and enjoy your gaming experience with additional storage space!