How Do I Put Games on My Nintendo Switch SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re running out of space on your Nintendo Switch for all your favorite games, don’t worry! You can easily expand the storage capacity by using an SD card. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of putting games on your Nintendo Switch SD card.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before purchasing an SD card, make sure that it is compatible with the Nintendo Switch. The console requires a microSDHC or microSDXC card with a UHS-I classification and a capacity of up to 2TB. You can check the compatibility of your SD card by looking for the “Nintendo Switch” logo on the packaging.

Step 2: Insert SD Card

Insert your SD card into the slot located behind the kickstand on the back of your Nintendo Switch. Make sure that it clicks into place and is flush with the console.

Step 3: Format SD Card

Once you’ve inserted your SD card, you’ll need to format it to work with your Nintendo Switch. Go to “System Settings” from the home menu and select “System.” Then scroll down and select “Formatting Options” followed by “Format microSD Card.”

Note that formatting will erase all data on your SD card, so make sure to backup any important files before proceeding.

Downloading Digital Games to Your SD Card

If you purchase digital games from the Nintendo eShop, you can choose to download them directly onto your SD card instead of internal storage.

Step 1: Open eShop

From the home menu, select “Nintendo eShop” and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Select Game

Browse through available games and select one that you want to download onto your SD card.

Step 3: Choose Download Location

When prompted to choose a download location, select “microSD card” instead of “system memory.”

Note that some games may require a certain amount of internal storage to run, so make sure you have enough space before downloading.

Transferring Game Data to Your SD Card

If you already have games installed on your Nintendo Switch and want to transfer them to your SD card, you can do so easily.

Step 1: Go to System Settings

From the home menu, select “System Settings” and scroll down to “Data Management.”

Step 2: Choose Game

Select the game that you want to transfer from internal storage to your SD card.

Step 3: Select Move Software

Choose “Move Software” and then select “microSD card” as the destination for the game data.

Note that some game data cannot be transferred and will need to be re-downloaded onto your SD card.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I play games directly from my SD card?
  • Yes, you can play games directly from your SD card as long as it is inserted into the console.

  • How do I check how much space is left on my SD card?
  • Go to “System Settings” from the home menu, select “Data Management,” and then choose “microSD Card.” This will show you how much space is used and how much is available on your SD card.

  • Can I use multiple SD cards with my Nintendo Switch?
  • Yes, you can use multiple SD cards with your Nintendo Switch. Simply insert a new one when needed and format it before use.

  • What happens if I remove my SD card while playing a game?
  • Removing your SD card while playing a game may result in data corruption or loss. Make sure to save your progress and turn off the console before removing the SD card.


Expanding the storage capacity of your Nintendo Switch using an SD card is a simple and cost-effective way to store more games. By following these easy steps, you’ll be able to put games on your Nintendo Switch SD card in no time!