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I recently got a micro-SD card to expand the storage of my Nintendo Switch but I can't seem to find a way to transfer the games I already installed to the card.

First I tried going to settings and then data management, I can see the micro-SD card here but there doesn't seem to be any option to transfer the game data to it.

Data Management

I couldn't see anything else in the rest of the settings so I tried the options on the game tile and there was nothing there either.

Then I decided to try and download a game I had previously deleted to save space. The download started normally and was stored on the micro-SD without any issues or options to choose where I wanted it. I did have enough space for it to be on system memory if I wanted it to be there so I found it a bit odd that there was no choice.

Based on the above I could just delete the games I have and re-download them onto the mirco-SD but this seems unnecessarily slow. I would also have to take the micro-SD out if I wanted something installed on the system memory.

Is there a way to transfer games between the system memory and the micro-SD card without re-downloading them?

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After further research it seems that direct transfer from system to micro-SD is not possible and you have to re-download games.

See quote from official Nintendo site below:

Software data cannot be moved from the console's system memory to the microSD card.

If you'd like to store software data on the microSD card, you must first delete the data from the console's system memory. Then, open Nintendo eShop and redownload the data to the microSD card.

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    Dang, beat me to it :P Personally, I found better/faster to archive then redownload instead of deleting the game. The difference between deleting and archiving is that with archiving, a shortcut will stay on the console’s home screen and you can prompt to redownload from there – Wondercricket Dec 3 at 0:07
  • Also worth noting that save game data is always saved on the hard disk, even when the game data is on the SD. Furthermore, deleting the game itself will not delete save game data (or it will prompt you,) so although it may be annoying to do this with a lot of games, there's nothing really "lost" or "different" than if you had been using an SD since day one. – Steve-O Dec 3 at 14:43

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