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How to Manage or Delete Downloadable Software

Instructions for managing or deleting downloadable software on Nintendo Switch.

Additional Information:

  • Downloadable software can be deleted from the console's system memory or saved to a microSD card in order to free up space. Deleting software data will not impact your save data.
  • Once deleted, software can be redownloaded using the same Nintendo Account with which it was purchased.
  • If a microSD card is inserted, the save location will default to the microSD card when downloading or redownloading software.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Ensure your console has the latest system version.
  2. From the HOME Menu, select "System Settings".
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  3. Scroll down the options on the left and select "Data Management".
  4. On the right-hand side select "Software", then select the software you would like to manage or delete.

    Depending on the system version, one or more of the following options will be available:

    • Prevent Auto Archiving.* The software will not be archived automatically. When archiving software manually, it will be listed toward the bottom of the list.

    • Archive Software.* The downloaded software will be deleted to free up storage space. You can redownload it by selecting the software icon on the HOME Menu.

    • Delete Software. The software and the icon will deleted from the HOME Menu. The software can be redownloaded from Nintendo eShop.

    • Check for Corrupt Data.* Check for corrupt data in downloadable software

    *Available after performing a system update.

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