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    How to Format a microSD Card


    Instructions for formatting a microSD card on the Nintendo Switch console.

    Additional Information:

    For information about supported microSD cards for Nintendo Switch, click here.


    • A system update may be required in order to format a microSD card on Nintendo 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.
    • If downloadable software was saved to the microSD card, it can be redownloaded using the same Nintendo Account where it was purchased.

    Complete These Steps:

    1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings.”
    2. Scroll down the options on the left and select “System.”
    3. Scroll down the options on the right-hand side and select “Formatting Options”.
      • If prompted, enter your Parental Controls PIN.
    4. Select “Format microSD Card”, then “Continue”.


      The following message will be displayed, “Formatting will delete all data on the microSD. It is recommended that you back up all screenshots, videos and other important data to a computer before formatting.”
    5. To continue, select “Continue”. The console will then restart.

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