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Best micro SD for Switch: which Nintendo Switch memory card is worth getting?

Best micro SD for Switch: the Nintendo Switch memory cards worth getting
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If you've been searching for a Nintendo Switch memory card to add more storage to your console, you're probably not alone. While 32GB of on-board memory is usually enough for most casual users, for a console, it likely won't go very far - especially if you own more than a handful of Nintendo Switch games, or prefer downloading your games digitally. 

The space will also fill up fast if you take regular screenshots and videos of your virtual adventures, so unless you want to be forced to delete your favorite gaming moments down the line, it's time to expand you storage.

Fortunately, the Nintendo Switch and the more compact, handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite both have micro SD card slots that make adding more storage a breeze.

Although the Switch has the ability to support micro SD cards with up to 2 TB of space, those aren't available to buy just yet, and it's undoubtedly more than most users would need. 

That said, there are still some excellent and cost-effective Nintendo Switch memory cards for sale that will allow you to, at the very least, double if not quadruple the amount of space available on your Switch for less than the price of a game. 

We have separate guides for Nintendo Switch accessories or Nintendo Switch travel cases, but if you're after the best Nintendo Switch memory cards keep on scrolling. (You'll find some common questions about save files and minimum specs at the bottom of this article too.)

The best Nintendo Switch memory cards

  1. Best micro SD for Switch: Sandisk microSDXC
  2. Best for value: Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC
  3. Best for storage: SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC

Sandisk microSDXC

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The most official: Sandisk microSDXC

Nintendo-branded memory cards are a safe bet

Storage: 64GB, 128GB | Read Speed: up to 100mb/s | Warranty: Lifetime (or 30 years) | SD Reader: No | Ultra High Speed: UHS-3

Nothing like the Nintendo stamp of approval to put you at ease. Sandisk is a massive memory card manufacturer – though usually with regards to cameras – and these tie-in options have a read speed of up to 100mb for fast loading. A minimum 30-year warranty, too.

They even come with a friendly mushroom (for the 128GB model) or Triforce design (for the 64GB model). You won't see the design much when it's in the console, but you'll know it's there.

Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC

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Best for value: Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC

Storage on the cheap

Storage: up to 256GB | Read Speed: up to 80mb/s | Warranty: Lifetime (or 30 years) | SD Reader: Yes | Ultra High Speed: UHS-1

Not quite as official, but still very much a reputable brand – and Kingston's 128GB memory card comes in at a few pennies less per gigabyte than its Sandisk counterpart. You're getting a slightly slower load-time, with only 80mb/s, but that's still well within Nintendo's SD card guidelines – and the option for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB models.

SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC

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Best for storage: SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC

More than you'll ever need

Storage: 400GB | Read Speed: up to 100mb/s | Warranty: 10 years | SD Reader: Yes | Ultra High Speed: UHS-1

400GB? We can't imagine you'll fill that amount in a hurry, but it's reassuring to know you won't run out of space. You can technically get 512GB, but you see a large uptick in price just for that small increase in storage – so we recommend sticking to 400GB for now.

Do I need a micro SD card for Nintendo Switch?

If you’re planning on playing more than a handful of indie titles, yes. Breath of the Wild alone will take up 13.4 GB of space , which is around 40% of the console’s on-board storage. And that's the case for both the Switch and the Switch Lite.

It can be sensible to buy the larger AAA games on physical cartridges, to avoid the likes of Mario and Zelda taking up all the space. But for sheer convenience, nothing beats having all your titles compressed into one handy Nintendo Switch memory card. Some physical titles also require a mandatory online download to work, which can take up precious space.

best Nintendo Switch memory cards for storing your games

Large AAA games like Super Mario Odyssey can take up a lot of space (Image Credit: Nintendo)

Are save files kept on Switch memory cards too?

No, it’s just your games, images and videos that can be saved onto external memory cards. Save files are all kept on internal storage – partially to prevent piracy – though thankfully they don’t take up too much room by themselves.

If you have a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, you can also back up your save files to the cloud, though not all games are compatible with this feature. If you manage to break your console – mamma mia – you can then restore your progress safely. You’re able to re-download any purchased game software for free too.

Which micro SD cards work on Nintendo Switch?

Technically, any micro SD card (below 4GB), micro SDHC (4-32GB), or micro SDXC (eXtended Capacity, above 32GB) will be compatible, though you'll probably want at least 16-32GB to make it worth the purchase. Nintendo also recommends a high-speed memory card for optimum performance, so you want to look out for a card with UHS-I support, and a minimum ‘read speed’ of 60-95mb/s (all the cards listed below meet these requirements).

If you’re using a micro SDXC memory card (above 32GB), Nintendo says “you must first connect the console to the internet and perform a system update” before downloading games onto the card.

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