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microSD Card FAQ

Can I use an SD card on Nintendo Switch?

Only microSD cards can be used on the Nintendo Switch console. Due to the slot size, SD cards and miniSD cards are not compatible with Nintendo Switch.

Are microSD cards included with the Nintendo Switch system?

No, microSD cards are sold separately.

Which microSD cards are supported?

The following types of microSD card are supported on Nintendo Switch:

  • microSD (up to 2 GB)
  • microSDHC (4 GB - 32 GB)
  • microSDXC (64 GB and above)

Important:

In order to use a microSDXC card on the Nintendo Switch console, a system update is required.


In order to improve your gameplay experience, using a microSD card with a higher transfer speed is recommended.

High-speed microSD card guidelines:

  • UHS-I (Ultra High Speed Phase I) compatible
  • Transfer speed 60 - 95 MB/sec (the higher the transfer speed, the better gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch)

What data can be saved to a microSD card on Nintendo Switch?

Important:

Game save data is stored to the system memory and cannot be copied or saved to a microSD card.

Can I move data from the system memory to a microSD card?

Screenshots and captured gameplay videos can be moved from the system memory to a microSD card, and vice versa. Downloadable software cannot. If you want to free up space on the system memory, simply delete any saved software, and redownload it from the Nintendo eShop while a microSD card is inserted in the console.

  • When a microSD card is inserted in the console, it becomes the default save location for downloadable software.

Game save data cannot be copied to a microSD card.

Can I use multiple microSD cards with my system?

We recommend using a single microSD card with your Nintendo Switch console. If you run out of space, you can copy over all the data to a larger microSD card.

  • Keep in mind that downloadable software saved to multiple microSD cards cannot be combined later into a single microSD card.