Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo Switch system software updates are essential: they add new features and fix bugs. Normally, the system downloads updates automatically and asks if you want to install them. But If you’d like to trigger the process manually (or make sure you’re on the latest version), here’s how.

To update your Nintendo Switch system software, you must be connected to the internet. Once you’re connected, launch System Settings by tapping on the gear icon on the Switch Home Screen.

Nintend Switch: Select System Settings on Home Screen

In the list on the left side of the screen, navigate down to System, then select “System Update.”

Select System Update in System Settings on Nintendo Switch

If your software is already at the latest version, you will see a screen that says “Your System Is Up To Date.” But If there is an update available and it has not been downloaded yet, it will begin to download. If it has already been downloaded, the update process will begin.

First, the system will warn you that the console will be restarted once the update is complete, and any suspended software will be closed.

Warning: Make sure you’ve saved your progress if you’re running any games in the background!

When you’re ready to restart, select “OK.”

Nintendo Switch System Software Update Warning Screen

You will see a screen that says “Updating,” which shows that the update is in progress. Make sure you don’t turn off your console during the update.

Nintendo Switch System Software Updating Screen

When the update is complete, your Nintendo Switch will automatically restart.

Nintendo Switch System Software Update Complete Screen

After the restart, you should be running the latest version of the Nintendo Switch system software. Visit System Settings > System > System Update again to check. If you see a screen that says “Your System Is Up To Date,” then you’re good to go!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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