How Do I Transfer Games From SD Card to Nintendo Switch?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re an avid gamer, then chances are that you’ve run into the problem of running out of space on your Nintendo Switch. Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch allows you to use SD cards to expand your storage capacity. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to transfer games from an SD card to your Nintendo Switch.

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, let’s go over what you’ll need for this tutorial:

  • A Nintendo Switch
  • An SD card with games already installed
  • A computer with an SD card reader

Transferring Games from an SD Card to a Computer

The first step in transferring games from an SD card to a Nintendo Switch is transferring the games from the SD card to a computer.

  1. Insert the SD card into your computer’s SD card reader.
  2. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  3. Locate the SD card and open it.
  4. Navigate to the folder where your games are stored. This should be in a folder called “Nintendo” on the root of your SD card.
  5. Copy the entire folder containing your games onto your computer’s hard drive.

Transferring Games from a Computer to a Nintendo Switch

Now that you have copied your games onto your computer’s hard drive, it’s time to transfer them onto your Nintendo Switch.

  1. Connect your Nintendo Switch to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Turn on your Nintendo Switch and unlock it by entering its password if necessary.
  3. On your Nintendo Switch, go to “System Settings” > “Data Management” > “Manage Software”.
  4. Select “SD Card” and then select the game that you want to transfer.
  5. Choose “Archive Software” to remove the game from the Nintendo Switch and free up space.
  6. Once the game is archived, select “Downloadable Content” and then choose “Redownload”.
  7. Connect your Nintendo Switch to your computer using a USB cable again.
  8. On your computer, navigate to the folder where you copied the games in step 5 of the previous section.
  9. Drag and drop the game’s folder onto your Nintendo Switch’s internal memory.

Conclusion

And there you have it! Follow these steps, and you can easily transfer games from an SD card to your Nintendo Switch. With these simple steps, you’ll be able to keep all of your favorite games on hand without having to worry about running out of space.