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Nintendo Switch System Updates and Change History

Each update includes the improvements in all previous updates:


Improvements Included in Version 9.0.0 (Distributed 09/09/2019)

Added the following system functionality:

  • Added a search feature for news channels.
    • Channels can be searched using filters or free text.
  • Added “Display QR Code for Checking In” to "User Settings" within your user page.
    • You can display a QR Code on-screen to check in at events using your Nintendo Account.
  • Alarms have been added to "System Settings" > "Notifications".
    • You can check or delete pre-set alarms.
    • Alarms can be set up only within supported software (to be added at a later time).
    • A controller firmware update may be required to use this feature.
  • You can now configure touch screen sensitivity settings.
    • Select between "Standard" and "Stylus" sensitivity (optimised for stylus input).
  • Added the option to turn on/off console button input (Nintendo Switch Lite only).
    • When this setting is turned off, the system no longer receives input from its buttons, with the exception of the Capture Button and HOME Button, and can only be operated from a wirelessly paired controller (sold separately).
    • This setting is on by default and can only be turned off if a compatible controller (sold separately) is wirelessly paired to the system.
    • The setting will automatically turn back on when the system is restarted or when it is woken from sleep mode.
  • Added an “Online Play Invitations” section to the user page.
    • Invitations to play online with friends in supported software will be displayed in this section.
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.
    • Resolved an issue where some users couldn't start the Fire Emblem: Three Houses game, and received an error instead.

Improvements Included in Version 8.1.0 (Distributed 18/06/2019)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Improvements Included in Version 8.0.1 (Distributed 24/04/2019)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.

Improvements Included in Version 8.0.0 (Distributed 16/04/2019)

Added the following system functionality:

  • A "Sort Software" feature is available after the "All Software" view on the HOME Menu
    • Software can be sorted by time last played, total play time, title and publisher
    • The "All Software" option displays when there are 13 or more software icons on the HOME Menu
  • A "View All Available Articles" option is available within News, allowing you to view all news items currently being distributed
    • Go to News > Channel List > View More
  • Select from 15 new icons from the Splatoon™ 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World™ games for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your user page on the top left of the HOME Menu > Profile
  • A new "Transfer Your Save Data" feature is now available and allows you to transfer your save data for individual games between two Nintendo Switch consoles
    • Go to System Settings > Data Management > Transfer Your Save Data
    • Save data will not remain on the source console after the transfer process is completed
  • A "Zoom" feature can be enabled from within System Settings
    • Go to System Settings > System to enable zoom
    • Once enabled, you can use the zoom feature by pressing the HOME Button twice
  • An option is available to prevent the console from waking from sleep mode when the AC adapter is disconnected
    • Go to System Settings > Sleep Mode > Wake When AC Adapter is Disconnected
    • This also applies when removing your console from the dock
  • A "VR Mode (3D Visuals)" restriction is available within Parental Controls
    • This will also be available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app through a later update
    • Go to System Settings > Parental Controls
    • These settings can also be changed from within Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit
  • Hong Kong/Taiwan/South Korea can now be selected in "Region"
    • Go to System Settings > System > Region
  • The following names have been changed (functionality remains the same)
    • Save Data Cloud Backup > Save Data Cloud
    • Transfer Your User and Save Data > Transfer Your User Data

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience


Improvements Included in Version 7.0.1 (Distributed 02/18/2019)

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games cannot reconnect to the Pokémon GO app if the game software was closed after pairing with the app.

Improvements Included in Version 7.0.0 (Distributed 29/01/2019)

Added the following system functionality:

  • Select from six new New Super Mario Bros.™ U Deluxe icons for your user
  • Added additional language support to the HOME Menu for Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and Korean

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Improvements Included in Version 6.2.0 (Distributed 19/11/2018)

  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

Improvements Included in Version 6.1.0 (Distributed 29/10/2018)

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where certain games don’t recognise a Nintendo Switch Online membership for a short time after purchase

Improvements Included in Version 6.0.1 (Distributed 08/10/2018)

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue where internet connection test does not display correct results for download and upload speed
  • Resolved an issue where some licensed controllers' motion controls such as tilt function responded incorrectly

Improvements Included in Version 6.0.0 (Distributed 19/9/2018)

Nintendo Switch Online* features and functionality have been added, including:

  • Save Data Cloud
    • Use your internet connection to back up game save data for compatible games
    • Some games are not compatible with Save Data Cloud
    • To manage save data, head to System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud

    *Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Save Data Cloud available in compatible games. Terms apply. To learn more, click here.

Added the following functionality

  • Upload up to four screenshots at once on supported social networks
    • Only one captured video can be uploaded at once
  • Select from six new Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, open your user page from the top left corner of the HOME Menu, then select "Profile"
  • The term "active console" has been changed to "primary console" in Nintendo eShop
    • You can play your digital software and content on non-primary consoles by linking your Nintendo Account
    • Playing software on multiple consoles has certain restrictions
  • The display of articles in News will be limited to match the software restrictions set in Parental Controls
    • Please note that the restriction will only apply to news articles distributed after the release of version 6.0.0.
  • Change the layout of the USB keyboard to the desired language
    • To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > USB Keyboard

Removed the following functionality

  • After installing the system update, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your user

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Compatibility improvements have been made for a controller licensed by Nintendo

Information on Previous Versions