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How to update the software on a Nintendo Switch

Here is how you can update the software on your Switch game console in just a few easy steps.

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles available on the market right now, featuring a wide variety of games to enjoy.

But, as with all gaming systems, you will need to make sure that your device is up to date to play them. This can be a little more difficult on a handheld console, as you may decide that you want to put off updating your system if you’re already halfway through a game.

Thankfully, even after you have been prompted about a software update, you can still manually update your Switch console. Keep reading to find out how to update your Nintendo Switch software in just a few simple steps.

What you’ll need: 

A Nintendo Switch and a reliable internet connection

The Short Version 

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on System
  • Choose System Update
  • Follow the instructions on screen
  1. Step

    Go to Settings

    Turn on your Switch and then choose the Settings button from the menu at the bottom of the screen.Setting button in Nintendo Switch

  2. Step

    Click on System

    Once in Settings, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on the option called System.Nintendo Switch System Update button

  3. Step

    Choose System Update

    There is a sub-menu accessible from System. Click on the first option, which says System Update.System update button on Nintendo Switch

  4. Step

    Follow the instructions on screen

    Follow the instructions on screen. If your device is due for a software update, you may need to reset your device, but you will be prompted to do so. Follow the update on screen


How often does the Nintendo Switch need to be upgraded?

There is not a set amount of software updates that go live within any period of time, however, as of writing this article the last software update for the Switch was on 11th October 2022.

Do I need an internet connection to update my Switch?

You will need a connection to the internet to update your Nintendo Switch.

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