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How to Delete Games on Nintendo Switch

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How to Delete Games on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch comes with the default 32 GB storage. It may not be enough for a Switch gamer who wants to explore new games. So, to improve the storage, you can use the microSD card where you can store many games. If you don’t have a microSD card, then you can delete or uninstall the game. Though you uninstall the game, it will not be deleted permanently from the Switch. You can download the games from Switch whenever you want to install and play on Switch. To help you with this process, we are going to explain how to delete games on Nintendo Switch.

Steps to Delete Games on Nintendo Switch

1. Launch your Nintendo Switch console.

2. Navigate to the home screen or all software menu.

3. Select the game you want to delete and press the Y button on the right side of your joy-con controller.

press - button to delete games on Nintendo Switch

4. Click Manage Software from the menu shown on the screen.

5. Tap Delete software from the Manage software menu.

6. Click the Delete button again to confirm the process of uninstalling the game.

click the Ok button to delete games on Nintendo Switch

As you know already, the deleted games will be available on the Switch e-shop. You can redownload the game that you uninstalled recently from the Store. You can also Stream Nintendo Switch on Twitch and share your gameplay.

How to Delete Saved Data on Nintendo Switch

Though you delete the games on Nintendo Switch, it will not delete the saved game data on Switch. So to free up the space on Nintendo Switch, you need to delete the saved data on the Switch first. Remember, once you delete the saved data, you cant recover it again on the Switch.

1. Click the Settings icon on the Nintendo Switch home screen.

2. Select Data Management from the system settings menu.

select data management

3. Tap Manage save data/ screenshots.

4. Choose the game you want to delete the save game data.

select the game you want to delete the game save data

5. Click the delete save data for deleting it permanently from the Nintendo Switch.

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How to Archive Game on Nintendo Switch

When you archive a game, it will be available on the home screen as a shortcut to redownload the game again. So instead of deleting the game, you can achieve the game.

1. Navigate to the home screen and select the game you need to archive.

click the settings icon on the home screen

2. Then, click the Y button on the right side of your joy-con controller.

3. Select manage software.

4. Click Archive software from the Manage software menu.

Select Archive software to archive the game

5. Again, click the Archive button to complete the process.

You can free up the place on Nintendo Switch by deleting the games and reinstalling them again when you want to play a particular game. If you don’t want to delete the game, you can also archive the game by using the above steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to reinstall the game that I deleted?

Navigate to the shop on the Switch and select the profile you used to purchase the game. Next, click redownload from the menu and select the game you want to install again on the Nintendo Switch. Then, click the cloud icon near the game to install it on your Nintendo Switch.

How to delete games on Nintendo Switch lite?

The process of deleting the games on the Nintendo Switch Lite is also like how you delete the games on Switch. So you can follow the above steps to delete games on Lite.

What is the difference between delete and archive?

When you delete the game, it will not be available on the screen. But when you archive a game, it will be available on the home screen as a shortcut to redownload the games on Nintendo Switch.

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