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How to transfer your backups to a new Nintendo Switch console

enero 21, 2020

If you bought a second console from the Nintendo Switch family, you will certainly want to transfer your backups from your first model to your new device. We explain here everything you need to know about the procedure to follow and the information to take into account so that the operation goes smoothly.

Transfer your backups to a new Nintendo Switch console

Do you have more than one Nintendo Switch console and want to use a saved backup on one of the consoles from another device? Then you are in the right place.

What you need to know before you start transferring backups between Nintendo Switch

Now that Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch coexist, users are more inclined to own several consoles in the range. Hence the interest of power retrieve your backups from your old console. But before you start, there are several things you should take into account.

First of all, be aware that the two consoles must be of the Nintendo Switch family and be close by. They must also have version 8.0.0 or later of the system software. No Nintendo Switch Online subscription required, however. The option we are going to use allows you to select only one backup file at a time. You must therefore repeat the operation for each backup you wish to transfer.

Other important information, the transferred data are not copied. Once the transfer is complete, the backup file selected on the source console is deleted. This is a cut and paste, not a copy and paste. You cannot retrieve the backup from a friend or anyone else. The transfer only works between users associated with the same Nintendo Account.

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The procedure to transfer your backups from your old to your new Nintendo Switch console

Now that the basics are clear, we can get serious. Here is the procedure to transfer a backup from one Nintendo Switch to another.

On the first console (where the backup is saved) :

  • On the source console, go to the menu Home
  • Then select Console settings then Data management and finally Transfer backup data
  • Choose Send backups to another console
  • Select the user to whom you want to transfer the data

backup transfer switch

  • The list of games and software available for transfer appears, choose the one for which you want to transfer the backup to another Switch console

backup transfer switch

  • To finalize the operation, choose Send backup data
  • The file is sent, and is automatically deleted from the source console

On the second console (where the backup must be sent) :

  • On the target console, go to the menu Home
  • See you in the settings and look Data management then Transfer backup data
  • Slectionnez Receive backups and place the two consoles close to each other

backup transfer switch

  • If there is already backup data for the same software on the target console, you will be asked to choose between canceling the transfer or overwriting the existing backup data to perform the transfer. Please note that overwritten data cannot be retrieved later.
  • Slectionnez okay when the transfer is complete.

And voila, voila! You can now play on your second console from the progress reached with the first.

As a reminder, the Nintendo Switch Online subscription allows you to benefit from the functionality of cloud backups, in addition to the possibility of playing online and enjoying a catalog of retro games. The investment is certainly worth it: count 3.99 euros for a month of subscription and 19.99 euros for 12 months.

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