Now that the Nintendo Switch OLED is here, many users will want to transfer their accounts and data from their original Switch (or Switch Lite) console to the shiny new model. After all, the Switch OLED is a substantial upgrade from previous iterations, so it’s easy to see why players would want to upgrade from the older versions.
The problem is that the transfer process isn’t as straightforward as you might expect, so it can be confusing to move things along. Luckily, we’ve got all the details on how to migrate your user data from one switch to another, even if you didn’t have access to your previous system. Here’s how to transfer your data from your Switch to the Switch OLED.
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You will need your original Switch with the new OLED installed to begin the transfer process. This requires both systems to be plugged in so they don’t die in the middle of a transfer. (If you don’t have access to an older Switch system, you can skip the alternative method below.)
Go through the setup process on the new Switch OLED and get to the point where you can navigate the main menu. Before starting the transfer process, make sure that your Switch OLED has the latest update. To verify, select system setup From the main screen indicated by the gear icon and then navigate down System. From here, choose system update option, and if an update is available, it will start downloading.
After the system is updated, make your way back system setup > users > Add User > Import User Data from Another Console.
Then, the system will ask you if you still have the console with the account you want to import. Choose Yes. After that, it will ask if you still intend to use the previous console. The answer to this question will vary from person to person, but you may not be using the old system anymore.
we chose No in our case. You will be notified that the data source will be removed from the system after the transfer process is complete, which is fine since everything will be available on the new OLED system. press next, and you will be taken to the following screen. Click Transfer to start the process.
At this point, the system will ask you to sign in to the Nintendo Account for the user to be transferred. Choose sign in And you will be presented with two options: Sign in using email and password or Sign in using QR code and smart device. Choose whatever you want, but note that the QR code option is convenient and handy.
If you select the QR code method, you will need to scan the QR code with the camera on your smart device and follow the on-screen prompts to sign in to your account. Then use the five-digit code to sign in to your system. Alternatively, you can sign in the old fashioned way by simply typing in your email and password. After you sign in to Switch OLED, the system will confirm that “User X will be transferred to this console. Please prepare the console from which user X will be transferred.”
Choose next, and once that’s done, you’ll be ready to move on to the source switch. At this point keep your Switch OLED on and plugged in.
On the Source switch, make sure it’s plugged in and navigate to system setup from the main menu. then navigate Users > Transfer your user data > Next > Next > Source Console. The Switch OLED is the target console, while the original Switch is the source console. Next, select the user you want to transfer and then click to continue.
Now transfer users The screen should show both of your original switches on the right with the OLED model on the left. If the OLED model doesn’t appear, make sure it’s plugged in and that it’s also on the Transferring User screen. After both are visible, select blue Transfer Down button from the original switch system. Depending on how much data is being transferred, this process can take some time, so give it time and check it from time to time.
Remember, this will migrate your accounts and saved data from the source system to the new system.
After the transfer is complete, select End Option to finalize the process. On the Switch OLED, assuming you don’t have another account to transfer, you can select leave When it asks if you want to add additional users. Navigate through the prompts, and once the system asks you to press House Button, you’ll be all set.
An optional last step involves moving your microSD card from the old Switch to the new Switch OLED. We recommend doing this at the end of the process as the microSD card wipes all game save data when you put it in a new system. But don’t worry, your savings will be already on your system because you just did the transfer process. And as a backup, most of the data is stored in the cloud (for Nintendo Switch Online customers), anyway.
Once you insert the new microSD card, you’ll be able to download all your new software onto it. Make sure you go to the e-shop and then click on Your User icon top right. click here download again And you can manually select everything you want to start downloading.
While the previous method works well and is thorough, it may be a bit too broad for some users. Or maybe the transfer process is not working for you. Fortunately, there is an alternative method that works just as well and is much quicker to accomplish. It is not necessary that a Transfer The process but simply involves signing in to the new Switch OLED and finishing everything manually. Keep in mind, you’ll need to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber to download your saves from the cloud.
See here how it works.
navigate to system setup Switch OLED on and then select Users > Add User > Import User Data from Another Console. From here, it asks if you still have the old console with the user you want to import from. Choose No (even if you have an older system), and it will then ask you if your Nintendo Account was associated with that console. Choose Yes.
Then, choose Link a Nintendo Account And sign in using that account information. Once you’re signed in, click through the prompts and you’ll have that account on the new Switch OLED system. From here, grab your old Switch system, head over to the eShop, and then select your user mark top right. From here, scroll down to the submenu containing your email address in the top left and you will find primary console section. unregistered This, and then your new Switch OLED should be registered as your new primary console by default. If you have any other systems with your accounts, you may need to deregister them as well.
If you do not have access to the old system, you will need to unregister it from the online Nintendo website.
After you register your Switch OLED as your primary console, you can head into the eShop to manually redownload all of your games associated with the account you want to use. choose your user mark top right and then download again To be taken to the list of games.
To get to your saved data, navigate to system setup and then Data Management> Save Data Cloud> Save All Data. Here, you can select the games for which you want to redownload the saved data. Just keep in mind that not every game supports this option, but most do.