Can You Save Switch Games to SD Card?

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By Monica Bates

Are you running out of storage space on your Nintendo Switch? If so, you may be wondering if it’s possible to save your games to an SD card.

The answer is yes, but it’s not as simple as just plugging in an SD card and transferring your games. Let’s take a closer look at how to save Switch games to an SD card.

What You Need

First things first, you will need a microSD card that is compatible with the Nintendo Switch. The Switch supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size, but currently, the largest capacity available is 400GB. You’ll also need to make sure that the microSD card is formatted correctly for the Switch.

Formatting Your MicroSD Card

To format your microSD card for the Nintendo Switch, insert the card into your computer or laptop and then follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the drive where your microSD card is located.
  • Select “Format” from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose “FAT32” as the file system.
  • Make sure that “Allocation unit size” is set to “Default.”
  • Select “Start” to begin formatting your microSD card.

Moving Games to Your MicroSD Card

Now that your microSD card is formatted correctly, it’s time to move some games over. Here’s how:

  1. Insert the microSD card into your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Power on your Switch and navigate to System Settings > Data Management > Move Data Between System / microSD Card.
  3. Select “Move Data to microSD Card.”
  4. Select the game or games that you want to move to your microSD card and then select “Move Data.”

Playing Games from Your MicroSD Card

Once you’ve moved your games to your microSD card, you can play them just like you would if they were saved on the Switch’s internal storage. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Firstly, if you remove the microSD card from your Switch, the games saved on it will no longer be available to play. Additionally, some games may have longer loading times when played from a microSD card compared to the Switch’s internal storage.


Saving Switch games to an SD card is a great way to free up space on your console. With the right microSD card and proper formatting, moving games to your SD card is simple and straightforward. Just make sure to keep in mind the limitations and potential drawbacks of playing games from an SD card.