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How to Expand Storage Space on a Nintendo Switch

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Introduction

The Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal NAND memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system itself. This may not sound like a lot of storage for modern games that take up quite a bit of space, and has been a point of contention in the gaming community since the Switch released. Thankfully, the system's internal memory can easily be expanded by adding a microSD card.

This guide will help you determine what your Switch's storage situation is like, how to free up space on your Switch, and how to expand that storage should you feel you need to.

Nintendo Switch microSD card slot.

1 Check Storage Space

  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. The available space for the System Memory and microSD card (if used), will be displayed on the top of the screen.
    Switch's data management screen

2 Manage Software

  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. Select Manage Software.
    Switch's data management screen
  4. Select the software you wish to manage.
    Nintendo Switch manage software selections
  5. Choose to delete or archive the game. Deleting removes all data including game saves. Archiving deletes the game but keeps the game saves in case you want to download the game again.
    Nintendo Switch manage software panel showing archive or delete

3 Manage Save Data and Screenshots

  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. Select Manage Save Data/Screenshots.
    Nintendo Switch save data and screenshots
  4. Select Delete Save Data to be brought to a list of games that have save data on your switch.
    Nintendo Switch Delete Save Data
    Nintendo Switch save data
  5. Selecting Manage Screenshots will bring you to a menu so you can adjust your screenshots.
    Switch manage screenshots menu

4 Additional Storage Options

The best way to increase storage space for your Nintendo Switch is to add a microSD card to it. These types of memory cards come in various capacities at different price points. As a point of reference, your Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal NAND memory. The Switch can accept microSD and microSDXC cards, and supports up to 2TB of total storage.

The microSD slot is located under the kickstand.

To insert your new microSD card, simply lift the kickstand and push the card in until it clicks.

Nintendo Switch showing the microSD slot

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The Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal NAND memory, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system itself. This may not sound like a lot of storage for modern games that take up quite a bit of space, and has been a point of contention in the gaming community since the Switch released. Thankfully, the system's internal memory can easily be expanded by adding a microSD card.

This guide will help you determine what your Switch's storage situation is like, how to free up space on your Switch, and how to expand that storage should you feel you need to.

Nintendo Switch microSD card slot.

  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. The available space for the System Memory and microSD card (if used), will be displayed on the top of the screen.
    Switch's data management screen
  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. Select Manage Software.
    Switch's data management screen
  4. Select the software you wish to manage.
    Nintendo Switch manage software selections
  5. Choose to delete or archive the game. Deleting removes all data including game saves. Archiving deletes the game but keeps the game saves in case you want to download the game again.
    Nintendo Switch manage software panel showing archive or delete
  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Switch system settings
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. Select Manage Save Data/Screenshots.
    Nintendo Switch save data and screenshots
  4. Select Delete Save Data to be brought to a list of games that have save data on your switch.
    Nintendo Switch Delete Save Data
    Nintendo Switch save data
  5. Selecting Manage Screenshots will bring you to a menu so you can adjust your screenshots.
    Switch manage screenshots menu

The best way to increase storage space for your Nintendo Switch is to add a microSD card to it. These types of memory cards come in various capacities at different price points. As a point of reference, your Nintendo Switch has 32GB of internal NAND memory. The Switch can accept microSD and microSDXC cards, and supports up to 2TB of total storage.

The microSD slot is located under the kickstand.

To insert your new microSD card, simply lift the kickstand and push the card in until it clicks.

Nintendo Switch showing the microSD slot