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Should I jailbreak my Nintendo Switch?

If you have been wondering whether or not you should jailbreak your Nintendo Switch, we have some things for you to consider before you make your final decision.

For the most part, the biggest reason for hacking or jailbreaking a device is in order to get it to do things the developers never intended. Most importantly, anyone who intends on jailbreaking a device needs to have a firm grasp on the risks that are involved.

Any time you're doing something like this you run the risk of ruining your system entirely. Forcing a device to do something for which it wasn't intended could irreparably damage the software or hardware, leaving the system bricked. In addition, it's often a reason for manufacturers to void your warranty. Therefore, if you're going to jailbreak your Switch, it might be a good idea to do it on a secondary system, or on a system that you aren't afraid to lose.

So if you've considered the risks involved in hacking your Switch and aren't terribly worried about them, the next thing to consider is what you can do once you have your system jailbroken. It wasn't that long ago that hackers discovered the exploit which made all of this possible. Due to the fact that all of this happened relatively recently, there actually isn't a whole lot that the average user can do once their Switch is hacked.

One of the most valuable things that users are waiting for is a custom firmware for hacked Switches. There are a few currently in development or in beta stages but none are fully complete. Once a stable custom firmware has been released, the doors of possibility will fling wide open and there won't be much we can't do.

If you were to ask me directly whether or not you should jailbreak your Switch, I would tell you that you might want to wait until the community releases a stable custom firmware. A good custom firmware is what makes things get really fun.

The decision to jailbreak a device is almost always a relatively complicated one, and this is no different with the Switch. One of the most valuable resources when deciding something like this is information. Always do plenty of research so that you are able to make an informed decision. As I learn more and things develop I will do my best to keep you all informed.

Good luck and happy hacking!

Are you going to hack your Switch?

What do you want to make it do? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

  • As someone who's successfully run custom firmware on my Switch, right now my answer would be "no". The biggest (and pretty much only) reason for me was to backup all of my save data because at the moment, saves are stored on the console's eMMC and will be lost in the event of catastrophic hardware failure. However in September an official way of save backup will be introduced with the (paid) Nintendo Switch Online service. Of course, there are other reasons to mod the Switch, from save editing to running other operating systems. However the process does require a minor hardware modification (or constructing a piece of hardware yourself) that some people might not be comfortable with. Custom firmwares are also not in a final complete stage and there have been reports of people accidentally corrupting their operating system or even introducing screen burn-in and battery desync from incomplete software. (even worse, recently someone released a "prank" homebrew payload that is designed to brick the console, so there's the risk of malicious stuff too) The homebrew scene for the Switch is growing really fast though, and I'm sure in the near future custom firmwares can reach a stable and easy-to-access state. Until then, exercise caution.
  • I wouldn't call a simple paperclip on the outside of the device a hardware modification. Hardware modification implies it can't be easily reversed. This is a simple paperclip in the controller port (needs to be folded specifically, but still external and trivial to remove). You can avoid "prank" firmware if you just get from reputable sources. Wait for Atmosphere.
  • This article is inaccurate and misleading. SX OS is a completed CFW and it's even on version 1 . 4 It's fully feature and allows XCI and NSP files. The only negative to "jailbreaking" (stupid term used by the uninformed) is not being able to use online services at a risk of being banned. Otherwise if you buy the SX Pro Dongle and License combo there is almost zero risk of damaging console and you can do anything you can imagine emulate, run backups, and run homebrew software. This article is bogus.