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How to transfer data to a Nintendo Switch Lite from another console

how to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite
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If you want to know how to transfer data to a Nintendo Switch Lite, it's a valid concern - the Lite works well as an even more portable form of the Nintendo Switch, and sharing your progress on all your favourite games is very useful if you want to take it on the go. That's why we've put together this comprehensive, easy guide on how to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite, including saves and progress.

What you need to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite

What you need to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite

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Before you can start the Nintendo Switch Lite data transfer you'll need to make sure you've got a few bits sorted. The main thing is to have both your old and new consoles to hand, so no trading in before you've made the, ah-hem, switch.

Assuming you've got both your old Switch and the new Nintendo Switch Lite you'll also need the following: 

  • Both consoles ned to be updated to System Menu version 4.0.0 or higher
  • Both consoles need to be connected online, and close enough for local communication
  • You'll need a Nintendo account connected to the user account you want to transfer 

You'll also need no more than seven accounts on the Nintendo Switch Lite so there's space for a new account, and enough memory to take the new data. However, assuming you're doing this to a fresh, out the box Lite, it's not likely to be a problem. 

Worth remembering that this is a one way trip as well - once you've made the transfer you can't use any game or saves on the old console. 

With that all in mind, here's how to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite:

How to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite

How to transfer user data to a Nintendo Switch Lite

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First up head to the 'Home' menu and select the following: 

  1. System Settings
  2. User
  3. Transfer Your User Data

From the 'Transfer Your User Data' option select 'Next', and 'Next' again until you can chose 'Source Console' which is the console you want to transfer data from. Select 'Continue' and the source console is set up. 

To prepare your new Nintendo Switch Lite to receive new data, as the 'Target' console, you need to repeat those initial steps in the 'Home' menu: 

  1. System Settings
  2. User
  3. Transfer Your User Data

This time, after selecting 'Next' twice' you need to chose 'Target Console' as an option so that user data is transferred here.  

You can then sign in to your Nintendo account using your email and password and hit 'Next' again, once you're logged in. 

Once you are logged in the 'Target Console' should appear on the 'Source Console' and you'll be able to choose the option to 'Transfer'. You'll have to wait a while for it to end but once it does you can just click 'End' to finish it all off and you're done!

Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's guides coordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website.  I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.