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Pokémon HOME: How to transfer to and from Nintendo Switch games

Pokemon Home Pokedex
Pokemon Home Pokedex (Image credit: iMore)

Catching Pokémon is incredibly fun, but you have to have a safe place to store every one. Thankfully, we have Pokémon HOME, which allows us to transfer to and from compatible Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch. It's important to note that these games do have Pokédex limitations, so not every Pokémon can be traded into them. Additionally, any mainline games that don't currently work with Pokémon HOME will likely be added in the near future.

For even more transferring and trading opportunities, you'll want to download the mobile Pokémon Home app.

Which Pokémon games on Switch can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME?

As of the time of this writing, these are all of the Pokémon games on Switch that can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME.

  • Let's Go, Pikachu!
  • Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Sword*
  • Shield*
  • Brilliant Diamond
  • Shining Pearl
  • Legends: Arceus

All Nintendo systems that can transfer into Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch

Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore (Image credit: Source: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

It's also possible to transfer Pokémon from older games and systems into Pokémon HOME.

  • 3DS: You can transfer to HOME from DS, 3DS, and Game Boy virtual console games if you have Pokémon Bank downloaded. Note that this service will no longer be downloadable once the 3DS eShop closes in March 2023.
  • Game Boy Advance: Even though this is a much older system, it is possible to transfer Pokémon from much older games to Pokémon Bank and from there to Pokemon HOME, but it will take a lot of work.

Pokémon HOME: How to transfer to and from Nintendo Switch

First, make sure you have Pokémon HOME set up on your Nintendo Switch. If you need help with that, we have a full guide on how to sign up for Pokémon HOME.

  1. Open Pokémon HOME from the main Switch menu.
  2. Press A to get past the start screen.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. This screen will appear. Select Pokémon.
  2. Choose the game you want to transfer to.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Transfer To From Sword Shield (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Yes
  2. Your Pokémon Boxes will appear. Select the Pokémon you wish to transfer.
    • Note that you can transfer both into or out of Pokémon HOME at this point. If the Pokémon cannot be transferred to the Pokémon game you want, a red circle with a line through it will appear on the top right side of the Pokémon.Source: iMore

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Deposit the Pokémon into one of your Boxes on the right.
  2. When you're done selecting Pokémon, press the + button to exit.Source: iMore and Rebecca Spear / iMore

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)
  1. Select Save changes and exit.
  2. Press A when the screen reads "Your Boxes have been saved!" You've completed the transfer. Now you can either use those Pokémon in Sword or Shield or interact with them in Pokémon HOME.Source: iMore

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Sword Shield How To Get Bulbasaur Squirtle (Image credit: iMore)

Keep in mind that if you're trying to transfer Pokémon from older Pokémon games like Let's Go, Pikachu! or earlier titles via Pokémon Bank, some of them might not be able to leave Pokémon HOME once they've made it into the service. Once you've moved your Pokémon to Pokémon HOME, you can also access those monsters using Pokémon HOME through the free Pokémon HOME app for iOS and Android.

Take your old Pokémon on a new adventure

Transfer your Pokémon from various Pokémon games to and from Pokémon HOME and its compatible RPGs. Not all Pokémon can be transferred out of HOME and each game has limitations on which Pokémon it can receive due to each game's Pokédex. Have fun transferring and trading!

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.