Now that Nintendo Switch firmware version 6.0.0 has been released alongside the Nintendo Switch Online service, Switch users have access to cloud-saves. While it may be preferable for some to be able to back up our saves locally, it is better than nothing. Now you don't have to worry about losing that Zelda game that you put so many grueling hours into.

Here's how to make sure that you don't lose those save games.

  1. From your home screen, select System Settings.

  2. From the System Settings page, select Data Management on the left.

  3. Now move over to the right and choose Save Data Cloud Backup.

From here there are a few ways that you can manage things.

Automatic Save-Data Backup

At the top of your screen, you will see an option marked Automatic Save-Data Backup. When this is enabled, your Switch will automatically back-up all save data for games which allow it. This is probably the easiest way to handle this. Set it to "On" and forget all about it until you need that backup.

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Automatic-Backup Settings

From the main Save Data Cloud Backup menu, you can hit the X button and you will be taken to the automatic-backup settings menu. From here you can enable or disable individual games for automatic cloud saves. If you are looking to save space and you have some games that you don't feel the need to back up, you may want to dip into this menu for some fine tuning.

Saving individually and downloading save data

If you want manually save your data or you need to download a previously backed up save, it's nice and simple.

  1. From the main Save Data Cloud Backup menu, select the game you want.

  2. If you want to back up your save to the cloud, select Back Up Save Data.

  3. If you want to download a save, simple choose Download Save Data.

It is about time that Nintendo got on board with cloud saves. Just about every other console imaginable has this functionality and reliability is a great way to keep gamers gaming. There is nothing more frustrating than losing every hour you have dumped into a game. It may have taken a while for Nintendo to implement this feature but it's better late than never.

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