The best SD cards for Switch let you store many more games on your console. Depending on the capacity you choose, you can significantly beef up the storage on your Nintendo Switch from the existing 32GB of internal storage (or 64GB if you own the Nintendo Switch OLED model) to up to 2TB in size.
If you buy lots of games digitally from the Nintendo Switch eShop, you'll need to either upgrade your Nintendo Switch's storage space or face deleting and reinstalling a bunch of titles once you inevitably run out of room. That might not bother some people, but it is rather annoying, particularly when you can easily grab a Nintendo Switch SD card and increase your storage space.
Luckily, expanding the storage of your Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite or Nintendo Switch OLED is simple. All you need to do is put a Nintendo Switch memory card into the console's built-in micro SD card slot and you're good to go.
But search any online retailer for 'SD card' and you'll see there are lots of different brands and sizes to choose from. So, where do you begin? We've created this guide filled with the best micro SD cards for Switch to help you decide which one is right for you.
The original Nintendo Switch console comes with 32GB of internal storage, while the new Nintendo Switch OLED comes with 64GB. That might seem like more than enough space at first (and for some people it might be). But with so many excellent Nintendo Switch games out there, as well as the screenshots and videos you’ll inevitably be taking as you play, most gamers will find the internal 32GB of storage, and even the 64GB of the OLED version, won't last long.
Users who tend to buy physical games instead will also need to keep an eye on the Nintendo Switch's storage, as some titles require a sizable updates to install additional data that isn't found on the cartridge.
If you’re in need of some more storage on your Nintendo Switch, or you've just got your hands on a new one and want to ensure it's got plenty of space from the start, you're in the right place. In the guide below, you'll find the best Nintendo Switch micro SD card options that you can buy right now.
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Best SD cards for Switch
There's nothing like the Nintendo stamp of approval to put you at ease. Sandisk is a massive memory card manufacturer, and these tie-in options have a read speed of up to 100mb for fast loading. They come with a minimum 30-year warranty, too.
If you're fan of Nintendo's branding and characters, these SD cards even come with a friendly mushroom (for the 128GB model) or Triforce design (for the 64GB model). You won't see the design when it's in the console, of course, but you'll know it's there. Bearing the Nintendo brand, this is the SD card for Switch for those who like to keep things official.
Not quite as official, but still a very reputable brand – 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-speed, 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 to choose from. If you're after value more than anything, this is the Nintendo Switch memory card for you.
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 a 512GB version, but you'll see a large uptick in price just for that small increase in storage. We recommend sticking to 400GB for now. When it comes to massively increasing your console's storage, this is a hard micro SD for Switch to beat.
Best SD cards for Switch FAQs
Do I need a micro SD card for Nintendo Switch?
If you’re planning on playing more than a handful of indie titles then, yes, a Nintendo Switch memory card is a good idea. Breath of the Wild alone takes up 13.4 GB of space, which is around 40% of the console’s onboard 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, taking up precious space.
Are save files kept on the Nintendo Switch memory card too?
No, it’s just your games, images and videos that can be saved onto an external Nintendo Switch memory card. 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, you can 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 Switch 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 64GB to make it worth the purchase. Nintendo also recommends a high-speed memory card for optimum performance, so look out for a card with UHS-I support, and a minimum ‘read speed’ of 60-95mb/s (all the cards listed 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 Nintendo Switch memory card.
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