How to reset Nintendo Switch

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How to reset Nintendo Switch without losing games. The Nintendo Switch is a fairly tough gaming console, but for those rare occasions when you have to face a problem (or plan to sell it), it's useful to know how reset the Nintendo Switch. Here's how to reset various parts of the console, as well as how to perform a Nintendo Switch factory reset, completely deleting its contents.


Why is it necessary to reset Nintendo Switch?

It's a question worth thinking about: why do you need to reset the Switch? Is there a specific problem? Are you deleting the content so you can sell it? Each of our solutions solves a different problem. 



Don't do anything until you know exactly what you want to do. These solutions can be permanent. 

How to perform a hard reset on Nintendo Switch

If your console won't boot or comes out of sleep mode, try performing a hard reset before anything else.


  1. With the system off, hold the Power button for 15 seconds. 
  2. Release the power button, then press the power button once as usual to boot the console.

Your console should reboot without any problems. Congratulations!

How to reset the Nintendo Switch cache

Like any internet-connected device, the Nintendo Switch has a cache that stores all of your IDs, passwords, and browsing history. Sometimes, you may want to delete all this history so that no one else can check it or just for security reasons.



  1. On the Nintendo Switch home screen, select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select System in the menu on the left.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select Formatting options.
  4. Select Clear cache. From here, you can also delete the keyboard's learned predictions and select instead Reset keyboard.
  5. Select Reset.

Congratulations. You have successfully cleared your Nintendo Switch cache!


How to reset your Nintendo Switch without losing your game saves

When you need to reset your Nintendo Switch more completely, and you don't need to just clear the cache, there is the option to delete everything from the console except game save data, screenshots, videos and user information. 

This is the best option when your Nintendo Switch is experiencing problems, but you don't want to lose everything while trying to fix the problem. Think of it as Safe Mode on a PC.

  1. Turn off the console.
  2. Press and hold the buttons volume up e volume down, then press the Power button.
  3. Keep holding them until recovery mode loads on your Nintendo Switch.
  4. Select Restore factory settings without deleting Save data > NEXT.
  5. Wait for the console to finish restoring the console, restoring it to factory settings.

Congratulations. You have successfully restored the Nintendo Switch without losing your save data. 



How to reset your Nintendo - Switch to the new recovery mode

If you are selling your Nintendo Switch, it makes sense to reset it to factory settings and delete all your files so that the new owner cannot access them. 



This is a permanent solution. Erase all your data, including all your save files, game downloads, and linked Nintendo Accounts. Only perform this reset if you are absolutely sure. 

  1. From recovery mode, select Restore factory settings > Continue.
  2. Wait for the console to finish erasing all your data.

Congratulations. You have successfully deleted all your data via recovery mode.

HOW TO RESTORE THE NINTENDO SWITCH FACTORY SETTINGS FROM THE SETTINGS

Alternatively, you can perform a hard reset from the console's Settings menu.

  1. On the Nintendo Switch home screen, select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select System in the menu on the left.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Formatting options.
  4. Select Restore factory settings > NEXT.
  5. Wait for the console to finish erasing all your data. This process also disconnects your Nintendo Account from the system.

Congratulations. Your system is now ready to be safely sold to someone else.


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