Applies to: Nintendo Switch
Alongside restoring the console to factory settings and deleting all data, you can also restore factory settings without deleting save data.
If you are trying to reformat your console because a problem has occurred, we recommend that you try the latter method first.
If you choose to reformat your console in this way, the following types of data will remain in the system memory, and all other data will be deleted:
You will become unable to use software data saved on a microSD card
Even if you restore factory settings without deleting save data, you will become unable to use software data saved on a microSD card.
As your user information and Nintendo Account link will not be deleted if you reformat your console in this way, you can redownload deleted software data from Nintendo eShop.
Unlike other formatting options, this must be done by accessing a special recovery mode.
1. Turn the console off.
→How to turn the console off
2. Press the POWER Button while holding the volume up and volume down buttons. Continue holding the volume buttons to open recovery mode.
3. Select "Restore Factory Settings Without Deleting Save Data", then follow the on-screen instructions.
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