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How to reset your Nintendo Switch before selling it


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Whether you’re getting rid of your Nintendo Switch or upgrading to a Switch V2 or the new Switch OLED model, ensuring that all your data is wiped from the system is imperative. You want to make sure that your Switch is as fresh as the day it was unboxed and all your personal data is removed, so others can’t access it. The following outlines how to transfer your game data to a new switch, transfer data to a new microSD card, and finally reset your Nintendo Switch to protect yourself.

Transfer your game data to a new Switch first

How to transfer Switch data to new console

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If you’re upgrading to a new Switch like the OLED model or the Switch V2, then you’ll want to transfer your save and user data to your new Switch before getting rid of your old one. This transfer process can take a while, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get it done. After a user’s information has been transferred, their data is wiped from the original Switch. Don’t forget to grab the microSD card out of the old console once it’s all done!

It’s important to note that not all Switch games offer to save data to the cloud. For instance, Pokémon Sword and Shield doesn’t support cloud backups.

Transfer your save data from one microSD card to another

Micro Sd Card

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If you’re also upgrading the size of your microSD card with the new Switch, then you’re going to need to transfer your save data from one microSD card to another. This requires access to a computer and can take a while for everything to move over. Note, if you’re just going to use the same microSD card as you did on the original Switch, you do not need to do this.

Don’t forget to transfer your Animal Crossing island to a new Switch

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the only games on Nintendo Switch that does not upload its save data to the cloud. Instead, players must use the special Island Transfer Tool to first backup their island on their first Switch and then transfer that island to another Switch. If you’ve worked hard to cultivate your island or to get the perfect villagers, you’ll probably want to take the time and do this. Otherwise, you’ll have to start your island over on your new Switch.

How to do a full factory reset

Nintendo Switch Console on blue background

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The Nintendo Switch is a very hot commodity, even a used one. As such, you can expect to sell your used Switch for a decent amount if it’s in good condition. Here’s what you should expect to get for it:

  • Nintendo Switch — $250 – $300
  • Switch Lite — $150 – $200
  • Switch OLED — $300 – $350

Some of the best places to sell a used Nintendo Switch are on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. If you’d rather not deal with the buyer or shipping yourself, you can always go to a GameStop or other used video game store and sell there. However, keep in mind that you likely won’t get as much for your console if you go to one of these locations, and some might be more willing to give you in-store credit than actual cash.

Ready to sell

The Nintendo Switch is a very popular console, meaning that it should retain a fair amount of its value when you go to sell it. But you don’t want to accidentally leave your data or other information on there for others to see. Resetting your system before getting rid of it will help keep you safe.

Updated December 2021: Added tips for selling section.

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