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How to delete a game on Nintendo Switch

You are the lucky owner of a Nintendo Switch, but not a special MicroSD card in which you could store all your games? That’s okay because games can be stored on the built-in memory. However, when a new game comes in, it is frustrating to have to clean it. And then, when you want to return them, you have to download them from the store again. A little frustrating, but it is still quite easy to do. In this article, you will learn how to remove the game from the Nintendo Switch, install it again, archive a game, and remove game save data.

How to delete a game on Nintendo Switch

The fastest and easiest way to clean the internal memory is to delete the game and its icon from the Home screen. It is convenient, does not take up space on the Home screen and memory. Especially convenient when the game is completed and you do not want to return to it in the near future.

Here’s how to:

  • From the Home screen, hover over the game you want to delete and then press the + button on the right Joy-Con or the – button on the left Joy-Con to call up the game’s options menu
  • Select Manage Software from the menu on the left
  • Select Delete Software
  • Select Delete when asked to confirm that you want to delete the game

It should be noted that by deleting the game this way, you are not deleting its progress and files. Everything is stored in the cloud, and when you take it back from the store, everything will be as it was before you deleted it.

How to archive a game on Nintendo Switch

In essence, everything is the same as the deletion, but with one difference – the icon from the Home screen does not disappear. And when you want to install the game again, just click on it. Here’s the guide:

  • From the Home screen, hover over the game you want to delete and then press the + button on the right Joy-Con or the – button on the left Joy-Con to call up the game’s options menu
  • Select Manage Software from the menu on the left
  • Select Archive Software
  • Select Archive when asked to confirm that you want to archive the game

Just as with deletion, the progress and files will not be damaged or go anywhere.

How to remove game progress and data on Nintendo Switch

In case you don’t care about saving progress on a game you want to delete, you can also remove its save data from your Switch. This clears out the most space but means you have to start from the beginning if you ever going to play a game again.

  • Select Settings from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch
  • Select Data Management from the menu on the left
  • Select Delete Save Data
  • Select the game for which you want to delete save data
  • Select the profile for which you want to delete the game save data, or select Delete All Save Data for this Software
  • Select Delete Save Data when asked to confirm that you want to delete the game save data

This way you are going to lose all the progress and data, on the other hand, it will give you a lot of free space on your console.

How to re-install a game on Nintendo Switch

Well, the moment you want to dive back into your favorite universe again, it’s easy to install the game back:

  • Select the eShop from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch
  • Select the profile with which you originally purchased the digital game
  • Select your Profile in the upper right corner of the eShop screen
  • Select Redownload from the menu on the left
  • Select the download cloud icon for the game you want to re-download

After you have finished reinstalling your game the icon will pop up on your Home screen. Enjoy our gaming time!

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