The Nintendo Switch offers the ability to take screenshots of a game, so you can capture your stunning action set piece in Zelda, or somersaulting leap in Super Mario Odyssey. However, transferring those screenshots from the Nintendo Switch isn’t so easy.
While Nintendo provides the option to send screenshots to a smart device (such as a smartphone) wirelessly, it’s not so obvious how to transfer pictures directly to a PC.
Fortunately, there is an available method tucked away in the settings, and we’re going to guide you through the process. Keep reading on to find out how to send Nintendo Switch screenshots to your laptop.
What you’ll need:
- Nintendo Switch
- PC with available USB ports
- USB-C to USB-A cable or USB-C to USB-C cable
The Short Version
- Click System Settings on Nintendo Switch
- Scroll down to Data Management
- Click on Manage Screenshots and Videos
- Press on Copy to PC via USB Connection
- Connect your Switch to your PC via USB cable
- Open File Explorer on your Windows PC
- Click on This PC
- Click on Nintendo Switch
- Click on Album
- Select your chosen game
- Locate your screenshots and copy to your PC
Click System Settings on Nintendo Switch
You’ll find this in the bottom row on the Nintendo Switch home screen. It has a cog icon, and is situated to the left of Sleep Mode.
Scroll down to Data Management
You’ll find it six rows down, directly underneath the Internet settings.
Click on Manage Screenshots and Videos
Switch over to the right-sided menu, and then scroll down until you find Manage Screenshots and Videos. You’ll find it right above Delete Save Data.
Press on Copy to PC via USB Connection
Scroll down right to the bottom, until you land on Copy to PC via USB Connection. Select it.
Connect your Switch to your PC via USB cable
A pop-up message will then instruct you to connect your Nintendo Switch to your PC via USB cable.
We used a USB-C to USB-A cable, but you may need to use a USB-C to USB-C cable instead, depending on the available ports on your PC or laptop.
Once plugged in successfully, you’ll see a blue tick appear on your Switch screen.
Open File Explorer on your Windows PC
This should appear as a folder on your task bar.
Click on This PC
In the left-sided menu, you should see the option for This PC. Click it. You can alternatively type ‘This PC’ into the search bar right at the top.
Click on Nintendo Switch
You should see the option for Nintendo Switch, right underneath the subheading ‘Devices and Drives’.
Click on Album
If you’ve taken screenshots on the Switch, you should see the option for Album. Select it.
Select your chosen game
The Nintendo Switch sorts all of the screenshots into folders for the games that they were taken in. Pick the game you want (we picked Kirby and the Forgotten Land).
If you want to transfer an image of the Switch’s home screen or settings, the screenshots should be located in an ‘Other’ folder.
Locate your screenshots and copy to your PC
All of your Nintendo Switch screenshots for your chosen game should be stored here.
To store it on your PC, highlight your chosen screenshot, press the Copy To shortcut on the top tool bar, and then pick the location on your PC you want it to be stored. You can also drag and drop the image to your desired location if you prefer. Once that’s done, you can disconnect your Switch.
Yes you can. Make sure the screenshots are stored on the microSD card, and then you can take it out of the Switch and plug it into your PC to transfer over the files. In the likely case that your PC doesn’t have a microSD card reader, you’ll need to purchase an adaptor. As a result, we think the above method is better for most.
Yes, and it’s arguably an easier process. On the Switch, go Album > click screenshot > press the A button > Send to Smart Device > Send Individually.
The you can use the QR code to wirelessly connect your phone, and transfer over the images. Both your Switch and phone will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.