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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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Looking for a Nintendo Switch memory card to add more storage to your console? You're not alone. While 32GB of on-board memory is usually enough for a casual smartphone user, for a console it's rarely going to be enough - especially for those who own more than a small number of Nintendo Switch games and prefer digital downloads, or simply want to take screenshots and videos of their virtual adventures without having to stop to delete them as they go. 

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

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. 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 the amount of space available on your Switch. 

We have separate guides for Nintendo Switch accessories or Nintendo Switch travel cases, but if you know it's the best Nintendo Switch memory cards you want to find out more about then keep scrolling. (You'll find some common questions about save files and minimum specs at the bottom of this article too.)

Best micro SD for Switch on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday is coming at the end of November, and Cyber Monday is following shortly thereafter, meaning we're likely to see some fantastic deals on micro SDs for Switch.

We see small discounts on Nintendo Switch memory cards throughout the year, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales periods are when we'll likely see the biggest price cuts on the best micro SDs for Switch. There's truly no better time to get a fantastic deal on a Nintendo Switch memory card.

So if you've been playing around with the idea of picking up a micro SD for your Switch in the near future, we would advise holding off until these sales periods - you'll be grateful you did.

We’ll be showcasing the best micro SD for Switch Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals on TechRadarBut be sure to check back here too where our price finding system will bring you the best prices on all the products we’ve selected below.

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

(Image credit: Kingston)

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

Image Credit: Sandisk

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.

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’ll also be able to back up your save files to the cloud. If you manage to break your console – you monster – you can then restore your progress safely. You’re able to re-download any purchased game software for free too.

What micro SD cards will 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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