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Nintendo Switch Data Transfer: How To Move Data To New Switch

Got a new Nintendo Switch? Here's now to transfer your data from the old one.


With so many Nintendo Switch variants available now, including the Nintendo Switch OLED and several special-edition consoles like the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom system, you may be looking to move your system data from an older console to a newer one. If you're interested in doing so but don't know where to start, we've got all the information you need.

The Nintendo OLED version is available now, and there is a good chance you already own a Switch if you're buying the upgraded version. If that's the case, you'll want to do a Nintendo Switch data transfer so your save data and user information can come with you.

How to transfer Nintendo Switch data to a new system

First, despite the cloud save backup offered by the Nintendo Switch Online service, this isn't the same as having your entire profile and user data stored on the cloud, and a number of games aren't compatible with cloud saves. You also cannot transfer your Animal Crossing islands using this method, but there is a separate process Nintendo has created to allow for this.

The most foolproof way of transferring all of your data to a new Switch is to use the recommended transfer system, which requires having both consoles along with a number of other implements. Follow the steps below.

  1. As detailed on the Nintendo Help site, both consoles will need to be updated to system 4.0.0 or higher and connected to the Internet.
  2. Pick the data management option in the system settings and select to Transfer Your Save Data, then choose to send it on one console and receive it on the other.
  3. If you're planning on using the Switch OLED exclusively from here on out, you'll also want to transfer your user data. To do this, go to the original system, select Users in the settings and then Transfer Your User data.
  4. Click through until you can select "Source Console" and then go through the exact same steps on the Switch OLED, only selecting "Target Console," instead.
  5. Sign in with your Nintendo Account, and the transfer process should start.

If you do plan on using your old Switch, perhaps in another room or as a handheld-exclusive system, do not transfer your user data. Instead, de-register your current console as the primary system on your account and make the Switch OLED your primary console. This will let you keep playing digital games on both systems, provided you are signed in if you are using the older model.

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