How to Transfer Pokémon to Pokémon HOME on Your Nintendo Switch

If you’re just starting out as a Pokemon fan, you’re probably unfamiliar with Pokemon HOME, The Pokemon Company’s storage system where you can store all of your favorite Pokemon.

Pokémon HOME is the perfect way to keep your Pokémon safe and close to you at all times. Using this app couldn’t be easier, and here we’ll show you how to transfer any Pokémon from your games on the Nintendo Switch to Pokémon HOME.


What you need before transferring Pokémon to Pokémon HOME

Before you start transferring your favorite Pokémon to Pokémon HOME, you’ll need to get a few items first.

The Pokemon HOME app

First, you will need to install the Pokémon HOME app on your Nintendo Switch. Luckily, it’s as easy as installing and using the Pokémon TV app on your Nintendo Switch. To install Pokémon HOME, go to Nintendo eShop and search for Pokémon Home. Once you find it, tap on it, then select Free download.

It should be noted that Pokémon HOME is free to download and use, but if you want to transfer multiple Pokémon at once and activate other features, you will need to purchase a subscription.

Pokémon’s Premium plan costs $2.99/month, $4.99 every three months, or $15.99/year. It’s also worth mentioning that if you can’t or don’t want to pay for your subscription, your Pokemon won’t be deleted. Instead, you’ll just lose access to some of them.

The good pokemon game

You will obviously need a Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, for some of us, Pokémon HOME only supports core games, which means you can’t transfer your Pokémon from games like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon or Pokémon Unite.

As of this writing, here are the Pokémon games supported by Pokémon HOME:

  • Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu!
  • Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee!
  • Pokemon Sword.
  • Pokemon Shield.
  • Pokemon Shiny Diamond.
  • Pokémon Shining Pearl.
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

It’s also safe to assume that Pokémon HOME will continue to add support for future games on the Nintendo Switch.

It doesn’t matter if these games are physical or digital copies, but you will need to have the saved file stored on your Nintendo Switch. Additionally, you will also need to store the Pokémon you wish to transfer to your in-game boxes.

How to Transfer Pokémon to Pokémon HOME on the Nintendo Switch

Now onto the fun part. Transferring your Pokémon to Pokémon HOME on the Nintendo Switch is as easy as transferring your Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon HOME, and it will also only take a few moments.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Pokémon HOME app on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Choose the profile you want to use if you need it.
  3. Press any button or tap the screen to open Pokémon HOME.
  4. Select Pokemon.
  5. If you’ve played the same Pokemon game with different profiles, select your username at the top of the screen to switch profiles and use the one with the saved file you want.
  6. Choose the Pokemon game you want to use. You don’t need to have a physical cartridge in your Nintendo Switch as long as the save file is available.
  7. Select the Pokémon you want to transfer to Pokémon HOME and move it to Pokémon HOME Boxes with the Joy-Cons.
  8. When you are done, press the plus button on your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and choose Save changes and exit.

And that’s all. You have successfully transferred your Pokémon to Pokémon HOME. Remember that you can always return the Pokémon to the same game without any problem.

If you try to send a Pokemon to another game, some moves, and even its Pokeball, may change if the other game doesn’t support them. Additionally, you will not be able to transfer Pokémon to a Pokémon game if that Pokémon is not available in that game’s Pokedex.

I have to transfer them all

Pokémon HOME is one of the best companion apps you can have on your Nintendo Switch or smartphone if you are a Pokémon fan. And now that you know how to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon HOME on your Nintendo Switch, there’s nothing stopping you from backing up all your favorite Pokémon to the cloud.

Remember that even if you don’t have a Pokémon HOME subscription, you’ll still be able to use the service, but you’ll only be able to store 30 Pokémon instead of 6,000.

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