Four years after its release, the Nintendo Switch is still as powerful as ever. The line was recently joined by an OLED model, while those on a budget can purchase the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Devices are a popular way to tap into a wide selection of games on the go. There are of course limits with graphics capabilities, storage space, and delicate Joy-Cons. But if you know where to look, there are some hidden Switch features that can enhance your gaming sessions. Check them out below.
Turn on your TV
It’s time to ditch that TV remote. Your Switch can turn on your smart TV when it is connected to the docking station; just press the power button on the Joy-Con. Not a fan? Go to System Settings> TV Settings> TV Power State Matching and set it to Off.
Activate dark mode
Everyone loves a good dark mode. If you’re sick of the Switch’s home menu blinds you at night, head over to System settings> Themes and select Basic black. The home screen and all menu pages will adopt a black color theme, although the games themselves will remain unchanged.
Save battery life
The original Switch has a battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours, while the updated version released in 2019, as well as the OLED model, last between 4.5 and 9 hours. The Switch Lite, on the other hand, has between 3 and 7 hours of battery life before needing a recharge. However, you can take these numbers a step further by changing the time it takes for the console to go into sleep mode. Under System settings> Sleep mode, select Auto standby (play on console screen) and choose how long the Switch should wait before turning off the screen.
Remap those buttons
A more recent update to the Switch ecosystem allows you to remap your controller’s buttons to a more preferred layout. You can do this by navigating to System Settings> Controllers and Sensors> Edit Button Mapping, where you can remap both Joy-Cons and the Pro controller. Select a controller and you can change the action of each button or reverse the orientation of the joystick for a more comfortable gaming experience. Each Joy-Con’s button input can be changed for vertical and horizontal play.
Archive games you don’t play
The Switch has a lot to offer, but storage space isn’t one of its strong points. The LCD switch comes with 32 GB of disk space, which also includes the operating system. The OLED model grows up to 64GB, but it’s still easy to run out of room if most of your games are digital downloads.
A simple solution is to archive games you no longer play to free up hard drive space (but keep your game saves). Do this from the main menu by highlighting a game and pressing the button. + button, then selecting Management software> Archiving software from the drop-down menu.
You can also archive the software under System settings> Data management, Then choose Quick archiving for suggestions on which games to archive, based on file size and recent playing time. Click on Manage software instead of having a free range to choose what you want.
Insert a MicroSD card
Unlike Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which required expensive proprietary memory cards, the Switch supports microSD cards from third parties like Samsung, SanDisk, and Toshiba. We recommend that you get a card that is at least twice the size of your Switch’s internal storage.
Move game data
If you are using a microSD card to expand your system storage, you can move game data between the system and the microSD at any time, as long as there is enough space. Go in System settings> Data management and select Move data between system / microSD card. Select the desired destination, then select the games you want to move and press Move data.
Save a cool moment
Although the system does not have the capacity to record significant amounts of gameplay, you can still capture short videos. Hold the capture button and the Switch will record your last 30 seconds of gaming. It’s just enough to save a really cool moment for posterity.
Send screenshots to your phone
The Switch makes it easy to capture images in-game, but it’s not the best for letting you share those images. For a while, all you could do was send the images to Facebook and Twitter, but now your phone is an option as well.
To send a screenshot to your phone, you will need to open the image on your Switch, press A for it. Sharing and Editing menu, then choose Send to Smartphone. From there, you’ll need to scan a QR code with your phone to wirelessly connect the two devices.
Once the connection is established, scan the second code to open a web page with your image inside. This image can then be saved to your device and used as desired. Back in the days when we were using this feature, it turned out to be a tricky process; Your mileage may vary.
Transfer backup data
If you have multiple Switch consoles, backup data can be moved from one system to another. To do this, go to System settings> Users> Transfer your user and save data. You can also highlight individual games, press the key. + button your controller and go to Manage the software> Transfer your backup data menu.
You will need another Switch on the same Wi-Fi network, and both must be connected to a power source. Once the process is complete, the game file will be deleted from the original Switch and migrate to the new Switch.
Get more backup files
Many Switch games only support one save file at a time. This means that if you want, for example, to start over with Breath of the Wild, you will have to delete your previous save file. However, there is a workaround that allows you to keep multiple save files for these types of games.
The switch is configured so that the backup files are linked to specific user profiles. This means that you can create multiple user profiles and each will have its own backup data linked to it. To create a new user profile, go to System Settings> Users> Add Users. Now, when you start a game, you will be able to choose between your different user accounts, and each will have its own save data.
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Find the Lost Joy-Cons
The Switch’s Joy-Con controllers are great, but they’re small and easy to lose. Fortunately, the Switch has a built-in way to locate Joy-Cons in the immediate area. Move towards Controllers> Find Controllers and it will show all the controllers linked to your console. Highlight the missing Joy-Con and press the L or R button on the one you need to vibrate. If you’re missing both controllers, tap the touchscreen to vibrate each Joy-Con. Hopefully this will allow you to locate the missing controller between the sofa cushions.
Pre-order made easy
Have you pre-ordered a lot of games through the eShop? Nintendo now allows you to follow them all and cancel the ones you no longer want. Go to your account page in Nintendo eShop and select Your pre-orders to see all current pre-orders. You can cancel from this page as long as there is more than a week left before the game is released.
Subscribe for more
With a $ 20 annual Nintendo Switch Online membership, you get exclusive access to NES and Super NES classics, games like Pac-Man 99 and Tetris 99, online multiplayer, and cloud saves. You can purchase a subscription in the eShop window under the Nintendo Switch online tab, which then becomes your gateway to special offers and compatible games. Cloud backups can then be managed under System Settings> Data Management> Save Data Cloud.
Make a Mii
Mii avatars are still alive and on Switch. Move towards System Settings> Mii> Create / Edit Mii, and you will be able to create your own character, which is no longer limited by natural hair colors. You can create one from scratch or choose a randomly generated avatar. Like on the Wii, your Mii can actually be used in-game with certain titles. For example, you can transform your Mii into a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by customizing a Mii Fighter, Mii Swordfighter or Mii Gunner.
Make new friends
Nintendo uses unique character strings, called Friend Codes, to connect you with other Switch users for games and social activities. If you want someone to add you as a friend, give them your Friend Code. You can find yours if you select your user profile in the upper left corner and open Profile. Your friend code will be listed next to your user icon.
Use your Amiibos
Do you remember the Amiibos? Introduced for the Wii U, these popular little Nintendo character statuettes can be digitized into your console for enjoyable in-game content. The correct Joy-Con and Pro controller come with built-in NFC touchpoints, so all you need to do is tap the Amiibo to a controller and enjoy it. If you’re wondering which amiibos work with which games, Nintendo has a database everything you can use with the Switch.
Initiate a hard reset
If your Switch starts giving you trouble, fix it with a hard reset. Suppose you try to download a software update, but the screen freezes. Simply hold down the system power button for 10 to 15 seconds and the console should reset.
For a complete factory reset, go to System Settings> System> Formatting Options> Initialize Console and delete all memory from the console.
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