The Nintendo Switch is an extremely portable and flexible handheld gaming system. However, the 32 GB storage capacity it contains may limit the player’s needs. If you are one of them who is planning to expand your Switch storage, you have come to the right place!
Most of the games designed for Nintendo Switch take up comparatively more memory space. Obviously, the built-in memory will not be enough.
So, you might want to insert an SD card or remove it to swap it out with a larger capacity card. Or, you may want to transfer content from your old SD card to a new one.
In this article, we will guide you through the steps to install or remove a micro SD card in Switch.
How to install Micro SD card in Switch?
Once you have purchased a micro SD card to expand the storage capacity of your Switch, you need to install it correctly. Installing the SD card in your Switch is not so tedious and time-consuming. You will do well if you follow these steps:
- First, if you’ve set up your Switch on a Dock, remove it from the Dock. You also need to remove the controllers. To remove the controllers, press the button provided on the back of the controllers.
- Next, you need to turn off your Switch. To do this, press and hold the power key for 5 seconds.
- After that, you will be prompted to turn off your device on the screen. Select Power options.
- Select the Switch off option.
- Now you need to flip your Switch over to access its back side. Depending on the Switch models, the method of inserting an SD card varies.
- On Nintendo Switch: Lift the kickstand on the back to see a port that reads as micro SD.
- On Nintendo Switch Lite: Open the back panel cover that contains the micro SD card.
- On Nintendo Switch – OLED model: Unfold the adjustable stand to see a micro SD card slot.
- Slide your card onto the back of the Switch so that the thicker part of the SD card is facing you and the card label is facing up.
- Push the SD card inside until you hear a click.
- You will get an on-screen prompt to restart your device to use the micro SD card.
- Restart your device and you should now be able to use the SD card.
To note : You should know that the Nintendo Switch only supports micro SD and micro SDHC cards. You can also use micro SDXC, but you need extra effort like full update. So I recommend using micro SD or micro SDHC. You can also use UHS-I (Ultra High Speed Phase I) SD cards as they have high speed data transfer which enhances your gaming experience.
How do I remove a Micro SD card from the Switch?
Over time, the SD card will fill up and you may consider buying a new one with a larger capacity. Or, you may want to transfer the content to another. In this case, you need to remove the SD card. Here’s how:
- Remove Switch from its Dock, remove the controllers, and turn off your device. If you don’t know how, see How to install the SD card above.
- SD card removal process also depends on Switch models.
- From Nintendo Switch: Turn your device over and lift the kickstand. You will see a micro SD card inserted in the slot.
- From Nintendo Switch Lite: Slide the micro SD card slot cover from the rear panel towards you.
- From Nintendo Switch – OLED Model: Rotate the adjustable bracket and you will see the SD card inserted there.
- Gently push in the SD card until you hear a click, then release. It will now be ejected from the slot. Hold the SD card by its end and pull it out of the slot.
To note : Do not attempt to remove the SD card while your device is powered on. This can corrupt the SD card and you may lose all your data.
How to manage space on your Switch SD card?
You might be curious if you can install more games on your Switch. But if you run out of storage space or have less space left, you cannot install the games or your game performance will degrade. You may experience lags in games when your SD card is full.
You can easily check the remaining storage space on your Switch and act accordingly. You can either delete the games you no longer play or format the entire SD card to install new games. Or, if you have a new SD card with larger storage capacity, you can transfer all its contents from the old SD card to the new one.
Check the remaining storage on your Switch
- Move towards Settings the icon on the home screen and press the icon A button to open it.
- In Settings, scroll down to Data management tongue. Your remaining storage will be displayed in the right section.
- press the B button to exit Settings.
Delete games you don’t play
- From the homepage, select the game you want to delete. You will see a blue border highlighting the game when selected.
- Press the plus(+) top right or minus button(–) in the upper left corner of the console.
- Under the Manage Software tab, select the tab Remove Software right section option.
- In the next prompt that appears, confirm the deletion by pressing the key A button.
When you delete a game, saved data is not deleted. You can install it again and continue playing. If you want to completely remove the game, follow these steps:
- Under the Data management tab, please scroll down to find the tab Delete Save data option and open it.
- Select the saved game data you want to delete and press the button. A button.
- If you want to delete saved data for a single account, select Delete backup data for “Your account name” option.
- If you want to delete saved data for all accounts, select Delete all save data for this software.
- Confirm deletion and you’re done.
Format the Micro SD card
Here are the steps to format your micro SD card:
- Open Settings from the home page of your Switch.
- Scroll to System tab that says System.
- Again Scroll down in the right section and select the Formatting options.
- On the next page, select the Format the microSD card option.
- Select Continue > Format, and you are done. Your device will reboot once the formatting is complete.
Transfer content from old SD card to new
- Remove the old SD card from your Switch.
- Insert the SD card into your PC’s card reader.
- Open the SD card. You will see a folder named nintendo inside. Copy and paste the entire folder to your PC.
- Now remove the old SD card from the card reader and insert a new one.
- Copy the folder you previously saved on your PC to the new SD card.
- Once the transfer is complete, eject the SD card from your PC and reinsert it into the Switch. It should work fine now with more space available than the previous one.
To note : Do not delete data from the old SD card until you have successfully transferred it to the new SD card. If something doesn’t work later, you might need it again.
What does SD, SDHC and SDXC mean?
There is a label on your memory card that reads as SD, SDHC or SDXC. These are the subtypes of memory card and are categorized based on their storage capacity and transfer rate.
- South Dakota Memory cards (Secure Digital) are the oldest form of memory cards with a capacity limited to 2 GB and a maximum transfer speed of 12.5 MBPS.
- SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) are the improvised version of SD cards whose capacity is up to 32 GB and provides a data transfer rate of 25 Mbps.
- SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) supports capacity up to 2 TB and has a data transfer rate of 312 MBPS. Not all devices support SDXC cards, so make sure your device supports them before purchasing one.