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Not Enough Space to Download Nintendo eShop Content on Nintendo Switch

There is not enough space to download digital content/a specific game from Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch.


  • Storage requirements vary by game.
  • Information about specific game storage requirements (including whether a microSD card is required) is always located on the game packaging (physical versions) and in Nintendo eShop (digital versions).
  • You should always verify that you have the required storage space before making your purchase.

What to Do:

  • Expand the available space on your Nintendo Switch console by purchasing a microSD card.
    • A microSD card can be used to save screenshots and software data, including downloaded software, software updates, and DLC.
    • MicroSD cards are available in different sizes, and are also useful for future digital purchases.
    • Nintendo does not currently sell microSD cards. However, they are available through many different retailers.
    • For information about using microSD cards with your Nintendo Switch console, click here.
  • Verify the current amount of storage space on your Nintendo Switch console, and delete or archive files that you are not currently using.
    • Game save data is stored in the console’s system memory and cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card. To free up space in the system memory, go to Systems Settings → Data Management → Save Data/Screenshots and Videos.
    • Software data (including downloaded software, software updates, and screenshots) can be stored in the system memory or on a microSD card.
    • For general information about data management on Nintendo Switch, click here.