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Nintendo Switch: how to transfer your backups to a Switch Lite?

If you replace your Switch with a Switch Lite, you might as well transfer your backups. To do this, there is a free solution integrated into the consoles. Here’s how to implement it.

To move from a Switch to a Switch Lite, or another Switch, it is possible to retrieve your backups via the Nintendo Cloud. However, this service is not free. It is included in the Nintendo Switch Online subscription. And when you don’t have one, the manual solution remains.

Have you decided to buy a Switch Lite and would like not to waste your hours of games spent killing Moblins in Zelda Breath of the Wild or collecting coins in Mario Kart 8? Rest assured, Nintendo has thought of you and it is indeed possible to transfer your backups to Switch. Here is the detailed method, without subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

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First of all, you will need to have the two consoles in the same room and they must be in working order at the same time. Attention also, because the transfer is final, it is not a copy, but indeed a transfer, once the data is recovered on your Switch lite, it will have disappeared from your initial console, if you are more than one playing console, you now know what it is to create multiple profiles on the same console.

To start, on the main screen of the console from which you want to export your data, go to the menu Settings :

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Then go to Data managment then in the right menu select Backup data transfer and choose the Nintendo Account associated with the backups to transfer:

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Finally on the screen that appears, select Send backups to another console :

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From your new console, repeat all the steps until the screen above and choose this time Receive backupsYou will then need to log into your Nintendo Account. Once this is done, you can put the console down and go back to the first one.

It should have paired with the Switch Lite. Select it and validate the Transfer to migrate your backups. Sending may take more or less time depending on the number of games you have played on your console. Well done, it’s over, your backups are now available on the new console

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