Unfortunately, after this point, your data will no longer be available on the source console. You can’t have data on both consoles at the same time – unless you pay for Nintendo Switch Online – so make sure you’re ready to move before committing.
You can have multiple profiles with a single switch, and each profile does not have to be associated with a Nintendo account. However, if you have multiple Nintendo accounts on a single switch, you need to repeat this process for each of them if you want to transfer them to a new console.
And just like before, this process doesn’t actually transfer your games. You still need to go to eShop and click on your profile and manually re-download each title Download again Tab.
Set your new switch as the primary console
Once you have transferred your games and saved the data, you can cancel your original switch as the primary console of your account. Each account can have only one primary console, which has the special advantage that other consoles in your account do not. The primary console can play the games you purchased while offline, and the profiles of others on that switch can play the games you purchased. A single switch can be the primary console for as many accounts as you want, but each account can only set one switch as its primary.
With a switch that is not the primary console for an account, you can log in to a profile in your account and still play the games you purchased, but only if you have a connection to the Internet. Other profiles on that switch can’t play those games unless the owner bought it himself.
If any of your switches need to change your primary console, follow these steps:
- Turn on the switch on which you plan to cancel the registration E-shop From the home screen.
- Select your profile icon at the top right of the screen.
- On the right side of the screen, scroll down Primary console Chapter.
- Select Deregister.
After you do this, the next switch to the e-shop you open will become your new primary console. You can change it as many times as you need, but only one console can be initialized at a time.
How to transfer your screenshots and recordings
The above processes transfer your data, but they leave all your screenshots and recordings behind. These aren’t so critical, and you can leave them where they are, but you’ll need a microSD card if you want to bring them to your new switch. Your switch may already have one, as the original console only had 32GB of storage space.
Once you have a microSD card on your console, follow these steps:
- Go Determining the method From the home screen.
- Select Data management.
- Select Manage saved data / screenshots and videos.
- Select Manage screenshots and videos.
From this screen, you can transfer all your screenshots and videos to your microSD card. Once they are copied, you can remove the SD card from your old switch and insert it into the new one. However, you can take the opportunity to plug the card into the computer and backup or transfer files somewhere that you can safely save in the long run.