What are the best Micro SD cards for the Nintendo Switch? That's the question on everyone's lips as soon as they realise that the 32GB of internal storage is woefully inadequate. If you plan on downloading loads of games from the eShop, you could even find that a single title – like L.A. Noire, for example – won't even fit on the internal storage, let alone alongside the wealth of DLC and updates for your cartridge-based games.
Thankfully, Nintendo has made it very easy to boost the storage space of your Switch by using Micro SD cards. Technically, the Switch supports Micro SD cards as big as 2TB, but these don't exist (yet) and would be far too expensive for the average consumer even if they did. So what are the best Micro SD cards on Switch? Realistically, at the moment you'll want to buy a 512GB or 400GB card at the top end, or a lower-capacity 128GB - 256GB option if you don't want to hurt your bank balance too much.
With that in mind, here are the best Nintendo Switch Micro SD cards on the market right now. We've tried to include an option to suit all budgets, because we're nice like that.
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Where is the Micro SD card slot on the Nintendo Switch?
If you are wondering how to go about putting a Micro SD card into your Nintendo Switch to boost your storage, the handy photo above should give you some clues.
To access the Micro SD card slot on your Nintendo Switch, simply pop out the kickstand on the back of the Switch and it will be revealed. Inserting a Micro SD card can be a bit fiddly, so you'll want to do it with the logo of the card facing you. Push the card into the slot until it makes a reassuring clicking sound. It's easy when you know how, isn't it?
What size/capacity Micro SD should I buy for Nintendo Switch?
It's going to be a while until cards 2TB cards are available and, more importantly, affordable. Right now you typically have the choice of 512GB, 400GB, 256GB, 200GB, and 128GB.
SanDisk has finally released a Micro SD card with a capacity of 400GB, which is a fantastic option for Switch owners who plan to download a lot of retail games, but of course it comes with a high price tag at the moment.
PNY has just released a 512GB Micro SD card too, with a similarly eye-watering price tag. This is the largest micro SD card from a respected manufacturer that we have seen. If you have that sort of cash to spend, this could be the ultimate option for your Switch.
On the other end of the scale you can pick up a very cheap 128GB Micro SD card, but chances are you'll fill it up within a year or sooner with downloads, so we recommend you think long-term and consider the ~200-256GB range.
The best value for money right now is 200GB from SanDisk, which has been available as cheap as $50.
An alternative approach would be to buy multiple cards and swap them depending on which games you want to play - slightly more effort, but potentially very affordable.
What type/brand of micro SD is best to use with Switch?
Nintendo Switch ideally wants the fastest micro SD card for improved loading times; generally, a good micro SD card will outperform Nintendo's official game cards, which is a bonus for downloaders.
Each time SD Card technology has evolved its speed is rated, you can usually get a "read speed" rating on the SD Card your looking at buying. You should also notice that micro SDXC is the newer, faster type versus the older micro SDHC.
Brands also offer "premium" versions of their products; one example is the SanDisk "Ultra" range, which is typically populated by their fastest cards.
We'd recommend going for one of the premium offerings if you can, but it shouldn't make a huge difference for the average user.
Should I install all of my games on my new micro SD?
Given the Nintendo Switch's limited 32GB of internal storage - of which only 25.9GB is actually usable - you're going to be forced to install the vast majority of your downloaded games directly onto the micro SD.
However, we have learnt that games installed directly onto the internal storage saw improved load times over cartridges and micro SDs, with the most extreme cases improving load times on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by a whopping five seconds.
The differences between Switch game card and micro SD were too small to really fuss over – a mere second or two here and there – but it does seem like installing on the internal storage offers a significant improvement. As such, we'd recommend installing your most played game/s on your internal storage, and the rest onto the micro SD.
How do I move a game from micro SD to internal storage, and vice versa?
Sadly, there's no easy way to quickly move a game from the micro SD to your internal storage. Instead, you're going to have to redownload it.
When downloading a game, the Switch will always favour the micro SD card over internal storage, so to ensure a download goes into the internal storage, you're going to have to take the micro SD card out first.
Turn off the Switch before you do so to avoid any nasty data corruption, then take the micro SD card out of its slot. Turn the Switch back on, head to the eShop, and download the game you want installed on your internal storage. Once the download is complete, you can turn the Switch back off and pop the micro SD card back in.
To move a game from internal storage to micro SD card, just reverse the steps. First delete or archive it, then download it while the micro SD card is in its slot. As the console favours that over internal storage, it will download there first – provided there is enough space, of course.
Don't worry about losing your save files while deleting or archiving a game though – they're stored in a different location on your Switch, and require deleting separately.
Whichever Micro SD card you pick, you're going to be increasing the potential of your beloved Nintendo Switch. If you plan on taking your Switch out with you on your travels, having a large capacity will be a great idea as you won't need to carry loads of pesky carts around with you.