How to delete games on Nintendo Switch: Free up space on your Switch without losing save data

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Nintendo Switch Delete Game

If you're wondering how to delete game on Nintendo Switch, we've got you covered right here. The Nintendo Switch can be a little bit of a pain when it comes to storage. It's actually not too expensive to upgrade the memory thanks to SD cards, but it's still something you'll need to keep track of.

So, you might be wondering how to delete games on Nintendo Switch, and which of the various methods is the right one for you. You see, it's not just as simple as deleting a game on Switch, you've got choices, and choices are always good.

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So, whether you're preparing to download Nintendo Switch games in sleep mode, or are attempting to fix the Switch game card error, here's what to do.

How to delete games on Nintendo Switch

Deleting games on Nintendo Switch is easy, you just need to follow these steps:

  • Move the cursor to the game you want to delete.
  • Push the + or - button to bring up the menu.
  • Choose Manage Software.
  • Choose Delete Software.
  • Confirm your decision.

However, if you want something less permanent than deleting your Nintendo Switch games, here's what to do.

How to archive games on Nintendo Switch

Deleting your Nintendo Switch games is not the only option. If you move to the Manage Software section of your Switch, press 'Archive Software'.

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Doing this will still delete the game, but you'll keep the icon on your home screen, which makes it a little bit easier to find if you want it back later down the line.

To reinstall archived games, simply press the icon on your Nintendo Switch home screen.

Does deleting a game on Nintendo Switch delete my save data?

No. The Switch naturally saves data separately from the game itself, and deleting one doesn't automatically delete the other.

This is very good news if you've already deleted the game and didn't think about this as a potential consequence.

In the event that you do want to delete your save data though, here's how:

  • Go to System Settings.
  • Select Data Management.
  • Select Delete Save Data.
  • Choose the game in question.
  • Either select a User's data to delete or choose Delete All Save Data for this Software.
  • Choose Delete Save Data.

And that's it! Your save data is gone. Now that burden has been lifted, check out how to listen to Spotify on the Switch, or how to connect the Switch Lite to a TV.