How to Fix microSD Card Issues on a Nintendo Switch

Introduction

Though the Nintendo Switch may have a relatively small amount of storage, you do have the option of using a microSD card to expand that space. At times, like any technology, the microSD card may not work or be recognized. This guide will help you resolve these issues.

During the process, we may just need to format the card or update your Switch.

1 Remove the microSD Card

Make sure your Switch is off before removing or inserting a microSD card. Failing to do so is likely to cause data corruption.

  1. Flip the kickstand up.
  2. Pull the microSD card out of the Switch.
    Switch showing how to pull the microSD card out.

2 Compatible microSD Cards

How To Tell What Type Of MicroSD Card You Have

  1. Look at the front of your MicroSD card.
  2. There will be markings showing you which card you have.
  3. MicroSD:
    An older microSD card
  4. MicroSDHC:
    A microSDHC card
  5. MicroSDXC:
    A microSDXV card

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

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

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)

? Is your card compatible?

  1. Yes
  2. Yes, but I need the microSDXC update
  3. No

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Though the Nintendo Switch may have a relatively small amount of storage, you do have the option of using a microSD card to expand that space. At times, like any technology, the microSD card may not work or be recognized. This guide will help you resolve these issues.

During the process, we may just need to format the card or update your Switch.

Make sure your Switch is off before removing or inserting a microSD card. Failing to do so is likely to cause data corruption.

  1. Flip the kickstand up.
  2. Pull the microSD card out of the Switch.
    Switch showing how to pull the microSD card out.

How To Tell What Type Of MicroSD Card You Have

  1. Look at the front of your MicroSD card.
  2. There will be markings showing you which card you have.
  3. MicroSD:
    An older microSD card
  4. MicroSDHC:
    A microSDHC card
  5. MicroSDXC:
    A microSDXV card

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

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

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)

Make sure your Switch is off before removing or inserting a microSD card. Failing to do so is likely to cause data corruption.

  1. Flip the kickstand up.
  2. Push the microSD card in until it clicks.
    MicroSD card inserted into the Switch

Once formatted, the information on the microSD card cannot be recovered. If screenshots or videos are stored on the microSD card, be sure to first back up the information on a computer.

  1. From the Home Menu, select System Settings.
    Nintendo Switch system settings
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Formatting Options.
    Nintendo switch formatting options
  4. Select Format microSD Card.
    Switch format microsd card
  5. Select Continue.
    Nintendo Switch continue button for formatting
  6. The following message will be displayed: All data on the microSD card will be deleted. Data cannot be restored once it is deleted. Continue?
  7. Select Format.
    Nintendo Switch format confirmation
  8. The console may restart.
If you have one handy, try another compatible microSD card.
  1. Select System Settings.
    Nintendo Switch home screen highlighting the system settings button.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select System Update.
    Nintendo switch system menu highlighting the system update option.
  4. Allow the update to proceed. The system will reboot when ready.
If you have one handy, try another compatible microSD card.
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