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How to insert, format and remove the microSD card on Nintendo Switch OLED

Like the other Nintendo Switch systems, the new OLED model supports expanded storage through the use of microSD cards.

You can check out this step-by-step guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can insert, format and remove a microSD card into the Nintendo Switch OLED system.

Nintendo Switch OLED microSD card Requirements

Before we begin, it is important to note that the Nintendo Switch OLED only supports microSD cards. The bigger SD cards, as well as other types of memory cards, won’t work with this system.

As for the microSD card formats, the following are supported:

  • microSD (for microSD cards up to 2 GB in capacity)
  • microSDHC (for microSD cards between 4 GB to 32 GB in capacity)
  • microSDXC (for microSD cards of at least 64 GB in capacity)

When it comes to the Ultra High Speed rating, the Nintendo Switch OLED system is designed to work with UHS-I. Although you can also use UHS-II cards, the Switch OLED won’t take advantage of the excess speed.

The system also requires a microSD card with a read or transfer speed between 60 MB per second to 95 MB per second. While there are cards that exceed 95 MB per second, the OLED model won’t take advantage of the extra speed.

If you are looking for a compatible microSD card, then you can check out this buyer’s guide.

How to insert microSD card to Nintendo Switch OLED

In order to insert the microSD card to your Nintendo Switch OLED system, then you need to take the following steps:

1. Before inserting the microSD into the game console, we recommend moving any important files you have stored on the card.

This is because the microSD will need to be formatted, which will erase all the data that was previously store on it.

2. Once you are ready, turn off the Switch OLED system.

You can do so by pressing and holding the power button on the system for at least three seconds. Afterwards, select Power Options and then Turn Off.

3. Next, you need to lay the Nintendo Switch OLED system down on a soft surface with the screen at the bottom.

3. On the back of the system, swing the adjustable stand open. You should see the microSD slot at the bottom left corner.

4. You can now insert the microSD card into the slot. Make sure that the label on the microSD card is facing away from the system.

5. After the insertion, carefully push down on the card until it clicks into place.

How to format microSD card for Nintendo Switch OLED

In order to format a microSD card for the Nintendo Switch OLED console, you can do the following:

1. With the microSD card inserted, turn on your Switch OLED.

2. In the Home menu, go to System Settings.

3. In System Settings, scroll down and then select System.

4. On the right side of the same screen, scroll down and then select Formatting Options.

5. If you previously set up a Parental Controls PIN, then you have to enter it to continue to the next step. If you don’t have a PIN set up, then you can skip to the next step.

6. Afterwards, select Format microSD Card.

7. Select Continue.

8. Finally, select Format.

After the formatting is completed, the Nintendo Switch OLED system will restart.

How to remove the microSD card from Nintendo Switch OLED

To remove the microSD card from your Nintendo Switch OLED system, you need to do the following:

1. Turn off your Switch OLED.

2. Lay your Switch down with the OLED screen at the bottom.

3. On the backside of the system, open the adjustable stand.

4. Locate the microSD card slot, which should be on the bottom left.

5. Press down on the microSD card to loosen it from the slot.

6. Finally, slide the microSD card out from the microSD card slot of the Switch OLED system.