Can You Play Switch Games From SD Card?

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By Eric Wilson

If you own a Nintendo Switch, you may have wondered whether it’s possible to play games directly from an SD card. The answer is yes, you can! But there are a few things you need to know before you start.

Firstly, not all Nintendo Switch games can be played from an SD card. Only digital games that are downloaded from the Nintendo eShop can be stored and played directly from an SD card. Physical game cartridges must always be inserted into the console itself.

To play Switch games from an SD card, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Insert your SD card into the Nintendo Switch console. Make sure it is properly seated in the slot.

Step 2: Next, download the game(s) you want to play onto your SD card from the eShop. To do this, go to the eShop and select “Download” or “Purchase” on the game of your choice. You will then be prompted to choose where you want to download it – either onto the console’s internal memory or onto your SD card.

Step 3: Once the game has finished downloading onto your SD card, go back to the home menu and select “Album”. From there, select the game icon of your downloaded game and start playing!

It’s important to note that while playing games directly from an SD card may save space on your console’s internal memory, it may also result in slower load times and performance issues. This is because reading data from an external source like an SD card takes longer than reading data stored on internal memory.

If you experience any performance issues while playing a game directly from an SD card, try transferring it back onto the console’s internal memory instead.

What Size SD Card Should You Use?

The Nintendo Switch supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size (although no such cards currently exist). However, the average user will likely never need more than a 128GB or 256GB card. If you plan on downloading a lot of games, it’s best to get an SD card with as much storage as you can afford.

  • 32GB: This is the size of the internal memory of the Nintendo Switch. It’s enough for a few digital games, but you’ll quickly run out of space.
  • 64GB: A decent upgrade from the internal memory, this size should allow you to store more games and DLC.
  • 128GB: A good option for those who plan on downloading many games or larger games.
  • 256GB: The largest size recommended for most users. This should provide enough space for all but the most hardcore gamers.


So, can you play Switch games from an SD card? Absolutely!

Just make sure to download digital games onto your SD card and follow the steps outlined above. And don’t forget to choose an SD card with enough storage to fit all your favorite games. With this knowledge and some extra storage space, you’ll be ready to enjoy all of your favorite Switch titles in no time!