Whether you are getting the new Switch Lite, want to buy the new Switch V2, or have a second Switch saved for jailbreaking purposes you'll want to keep your old user settings and save data. No worries. It can be done fairly simply. Here's how to make the transfer.

What you need to know before you transfer

  • You'll need both the old and new Switch consoles to perform the transfer.
  • Both the old and new Switch need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Both the old and new Switch need to be connected to an AC adapter.
  • The firmware for both the old and new Switch must be 9.0 or higher (don't do this if you're still on version 3.0 and want to jailbreak your Switch).
  • The old Switch has to have a Nintendo Account linked to it.
  • The new Switch can't already be linked to the same Nintendo Account that you want to transfer data from (you'll connect to the new Switch during the transfer process).
  • The new Switch can't have more than seven users already set up (the Switch's user limit is eight).
  • The new Switch has to have enough internal storage space to support the new data.
  • Once the transfer is completed, the data won't be on the old Switch anymore. You can't have it on both.
  • Screenshots and video captures won't be transferred. They will stay on the old Switch.

How to transfer user data

Step 1: Start on the old Switch

Make sure both Switches are on and plugged in during this process.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Users from the side menu.

  3. Select Transfer Your User Data.
  4. Select Next.

  5. Select Next.
  6. Select Source Console to identify that this is the device you'll transfer data from.

  7. Select the account you want to transfer.
  8. Select Continue.

  9. You will see this screen. Now it's time to turn to the new Switch.

Step 2: Continue on the new Switch

Now pick up the new Switch and follow the next set of steps.

  1. Select System Settings from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Users from the side menu.

  3. Select Transfer Your User Data.
  4. Select Next.

  5. Select Next.
  6. Select Target Console to identify that this is the device you'll transfer data to.

  7. Select Sign In.
  8. Select your preferred Sign in method.

  9. Enter your log in credentials.

  10. Select Sign in.

  11. Select Next.
  12. You will see this screen. Now it's time to head back to the old Switch.

Step 3: End the process on the old Switch

At this point, the old Switch should start talking to the new Switch to initiate the transfer. Pick up your old Switch to complete the process.

  1. Select Transfer to start the data transfer.

  2. Wait for the transfer to finish. It might take some time to complete the transfer, depending on how much data you have stored on your old Switch.

  3. Select End on both devices once the transfer is complete.

Watch the video instead

If you're more of a visual person, check out Nintendo's 3-minute video showing the steps on both the source and target Switch devices.

Congratulations, you've made the transfer. Now you'll be able to continue playing from your current game saves on your new Switch device. Just keep in mind that screenshots and videos don't transfer over. I used this process to transfer my original Switch to the new Switch V2. I'll likely be transferring my account again once I get my hands on the Switch Lite.

Additional Equipment

I personally love these accessories and have found that they greatly improve my Switch gaming sessions. See if anything catches your eye.

Pro Controller ($62 at Amazon)

Whether you've got the larger Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite, you can benefit from using a Pro Controller. It features motion controls, amiibo functionality, and a better ergonomic design to enhance your gaming experience. It's also wireless, so you won't have to worry about tripping over cables.

Hori Compact Playstand ($13 at Amazon)

Whether you're using a Switch Lite or the larger Switch having a stand can be incredibly helpful. I typically use mine on the go when I either need to charge my Switch or when I simply want to bring the screen closer to my face.

Gimme some space! ($26 at Amazon)

Regardless of the version of Switch you're using, you can always benefit from having more memory on the system. This microSD card has a cute Mario mushroom on it and gives you 128GB. That's plenty of space for screenshots, game data, and downloads.

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