How Do You Put Games on a microSD Card for Nintendo Switch?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner, you know that the console’s internal storage can fill up quickly with all the games you want to play. Fortunately, you can expand your storage capacity by using a microSD card. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to put games on a microSD card for your Nintendo Switch.

Step 1: Choose a Compatible microSD Card

Not all microSD cards are compatible with the Nintendo Switch. The console supports microSD cards up to 2TB in size, but as of now, the largest size available is 1TB. It’s important to choose a high-quality card from a reputable brand to ensure compatibility and avoid data loss.

Recommended microSD Cards:

  • Samsung EVO Select
  • SanDisk Extreme
  • PNY Elite-X

Step 2: Format the microSD Card

Before using your new microSD card with your Nintendo Switch, it needs to be formatted first. To do this, insert the card into your computer and follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Locate the drive corresponding to your microSD card.
  3. Right-click on it and select “Format.”
  4. Select “FAT32” as the file system type.
  5. Click “Start” and wait for the formatting process to complete.

Step 3: Download Games onto Your Computer

To download games onto your computer, you’ll need an account on Nintendo’s eShop website. Once you have an account set up:

  1. Login to your account on the eShop website.
  2. Navigate to the game(s) you want to download.
  3. Select “Download” and follow the prompts to download the game(s) onto your computer.

Step 4: Transfer Games onto Your microSD Card

Now that you have your compatible microSD card formatted and your games downloaded onto your computer, it’s time to transfer them over to the card. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the microSD card from your computer and insert it into your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Turn on your Nintendo Switch and navigate to the “System Settings” menu.
  3. Select “Data Management” and then “Manage Software. “
  4. Select the game(s) you want to transfer and choose “Archive Software. “
  5. Once the game(s) are archived, select “Downloadable Content” and choose “Delete All.

  6. Navigate back to “Data Management” and choose “Move Data Between System / microSD Card. “
  7. Select the game(s) you want to move and choose “Move Data from System Memory to microSD Card. “

Step 5: Enjoy Your Games on Your Nintendo Switch

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you can enjoy playing your favorite games on your Nintendo Switch without worrying about running out of storage space. Just remember that if you ever want to play a game that’s been archived, you’ll need to unarchive it before playing.


Expanding your storage capacity on a Nintendo Switch is easy with a compatible microSD card. By following these simple steps, you can download and transfer games onto a microSD card in no time. Enjoy playing all of your favorite games without worrying about running out of space!