There may come a time when you decide that you will have to part with your beloved Nintendo Switch, perhaps just because you are considering upgrading to a Switch V2 or the new Switch OLED model. Whatever the reason, when that time comes, it is imperative to ensure that all your data is erased from the system. You want to make sure your switch is as up-to-date as the day it was unpacked and that all your personal data has been removed, so that others cannot access it. Here’s how to reset your Nintendo Switch to protect yourself.
How to do a hard factory reset
In order to do a proper full factory reset of your Nintendo Switch, you will need to make sure you are connected to a WiFi network. If you are not connected to the Internet, your Switch will continue to be registered as the active console for downloads from your Nintendo Account. If you need a reminder on how to connect to a network, you can find it in our guide.
- From the Start menu, select System settings.
On the left, scroll down to choose system.
- From the system menu, select Format options all the way at the bottom.
Now scroll to the bottom and select Initialize console.
On the next screen, scroll down and click Next.
Your Switch will then connect to the internet to unregister your system as the active console for downloads for your Nintendo Account. Please select Next.
This is the point of no return. Select red Initialize button and your system will be completely erased of all data.
Now you’re ready to sell, give away, or throw your switch from a moving car, confident that all traces of you have been removed.
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Updated July 2021: These steps are still up to date and we have added information about the Switch V2 and OLED models.
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