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How to Download Save Data Backups

Instructions on downloading save data backups to a Nintendo Switch console.


  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use this feature.
  • When downloading a backup from the Save Data Cloud, the existing save data on the console for that game will be overwritten and cannot be recovered.

Additional Information:

Save data backups can be downloaded from the details menu for a software title or from within System Settings.

Complete These Steps:

  • To download a backup from the details menu:
    1. Open the software's details menu and select "Save Data Cloud".
    2. Select the desired user, then select "Download Save Data".
  • To download a backup from within System Settings:
    1. From the HOME Menu, select "System Settings" > "Data Management" > "Save Data Cloud".
    2. Select the desired user, then choose the backup file you wish to download.
    3. Select “Download Save Data”.