Need to free up space on your Nintendo Switch? We will guide you through the process.


Managing save data on any console can be an essential part of caring for your Nintendo Switch and a headache when deciding which data to delete.


With the Switch, you may need to manage and delete save data more often than on other consoles. Luckily, managing your save data on Nintendo Switch is simple and can be done in a few simple steps.

If you need to start managing and deleting your save data or wondering why you might need it in the first place, we can help.


Why you may need to manage and delete your save data

Managing and deleting your game’s save data and some games themselves is an unfortunate side effect of some of the Nintendo Switch’s biggest flaws.

Among these flaws is the low base storage of the console itself. With the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 offering around 800GB of base storage, the Nintendo Switch’s 32GB doesn’t hold up very well to the growing size of modern games.

And while most Nintendo Switch games are considerably smaller than Xbox and PlayStation titles, games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild still require around 13.4GB of storage to play, taking up almost 40% of the overall console storage for a single game.

Managing and deleting your Nintendo Switch data can become essential as your console’s base storage slowly fills up.

Alternatively, problems with your console itself can cause save data to become unloadable or corrupt; in this scenario, you may need to reset your Nintendo Switch or even consider repairing it.

How to Manage and Delete Your Switch Backup Data

Now that you may need to manage and delete save data on your Nintendo Switch, let’s see how to do it.

To manage and delete your save data on Nintendo Switch, follow these steps:

  • From your Nintendo Switch home screen, select System Parameters.
  • Scroll through the displayed options and choose Data management.
  • Scroll to the last option to Data management and select Delete save data.

  • Enter your Parental Control PIN if prompted; otherwise, choose any title for which you want to manage or delete save data.
  • You may have the option of Delete save data for a specific user on your switch or for Delete all save data for this software. Simply select the option that suits you best.

After selecting a delete option, your Nintendo Switch will permanently delete any saved data you have for the selected game.

Get the most out of maintaining your Nintendo Switch

Managing and deleting save data on your Nintendo Switch is a great way to maintain your console’s storage capacity despite its limitations.

To help further maintain your console, ensuring your Nintendo Switch is fully updated can also help prevent any issues affecting your gameplay.