How to Use Nintendo Switch Online Cloud Saves

Cloud Saves are a service you’ll gain access to once you purchase a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

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Cloud saves will be turned on automatically for all games on your Nintendo Switch, however, they won’t back up unless you play the game and save after cloud saves have been activated. You can also back these up manually.

EditHow to Manually Manage Cloud Saves

  • Head to system settings, then scroll down to Data Management.
  • Then, click on Save Data Cloud Backup. Here, you can turn off automatic save-data backup and manually check the save data of every game on your Switch.
  • You can also quickly see Save Data Cloud Backup information for a certain game by pressing the plus (options) button on the main menu when selecting a game.

EditCloud Saves and Other Consoles

Having a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and cloud saves turned on also means you can log onto a Switch that isn’t your own with your Nintendo Account and access all of your digital purchases and redownload your saved data. Simply create a new profile on the other Switch and link your Nintendo Account to it. This will not disrupt your main account.

You must maintain an internet connection to be able to play your digital games on a Switch besides your main one, and other profiles on that Nintendo Switch won’t be able to play your personal digital downloads if they don’t also own the game.

EditCloud Save Limitations

Some games, like Splatoon 2 and the upcoming Pokemon: Let’s Go, won’t support Cloud Saves due to fear of cheating.

It’s also unclear how long your Cloud Saved Data will remain saved if your subscription lapses.

  • One FAQ says: “We are unable to guarantee that cloud save data will be retained after an extended period of time from when your membership is ended.”
  • But another FAQ reads: “Save data stored via the Save Data Cloud backup is available for as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Classic games in the NES – Nintendo Switch Online collection and the save data for those games will not be removed unless the user chooses to do so manually. These items are stored locally on the Nintendo Switch system but cannot be accessed without an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.”

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