Upgrade your Nintendo Switch storage with one of these MicroSD deals
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Tom Nook (or as we like to call him “Tom Crook”) loves to load you up with an arm and a leg to improve your home’s storage capacity. In fact, he will have charged you 3,300,000 Bells by the time you acquire the final storage expansion. Fortunately, increasing your Nintendo Switch’s internal storage isn’t nearly as expensive and won’t require you to hunt bugs and fish all day to achieve this simple goal.
Where the PS5 has a whopping 825GB and the Xbox One can sport 1TB, the Switch’s 32GB maximum capacity pales in comparison. While the OLED model attempted to give Switch users double the storage, 64GB still isn’t enough.
To nip this problem in the bud, you have three options: the first is the most obvious: you can delete a game or two from your console. But heck, if we’re going to pay $89 per game, that feels more like a sacrifice than an option. The second choice is to take advantage of the Switch’s Quick Archive feature.
The third option (aside from buying a second Switch), is to buy a micro SD card. Depending on how many gigabytes you think you need (sizes range from 32GB to 1TB), a micro SD card is the perfect solution to all your internal storage problems.
What are the best micro SD cards for the Nintendo Switch?
Currently, Amazon Australia has reduced the price of its SanDisk storage range by up to 50% off. If you want a micro SD card to have blazing fast read speeds, then this SanDisk Extreme with 256GB will do the trick for $53.90, up from $108.90. However, if you’d rather prioritize more storage but slightly slower read speeds, you can grab the SanDisk Ultra with 400GB for just $79.99 (down from $169).
If you really want to give your Switch’s internal storage a boost, you can also pick up a 512GB SanDisk Ultra Micro SD for $107.99 (down from RRP $159). If that’s not enough storage space for you, we don’t know what is. For faster playback, upgrade to the SanDisk Extreme (512GB) for $115.99, up from $273.90.
Now, if you’re a hardcore gamer who plays an array of great open-world RPGs such as The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt or maybe you really like NBA 2K21, then you might want to grab the biggest SD card possible to account for everything. Then this SanDisk Ultra 1TB microSDXC will make all your wishes come true. You can grab it now for $192.04 (RRP $449), which is a pretty rare deal.
There’s also SanDisk’s line of Nintendo-licensed micro SDs. You can currently pick up a SanDisk x Nintendo 128GB micro SD for $32.30, which usually costs around $50. It has a solid read speed of 100MB/s, so it will have no problem charging and playing games quickly.
You can also grab the 256GB Samsung EVO Plus which is a micro SD beast. It has solid read and write speeds of up to 100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively, and is currently on sale for $47.49, down from $89.95. Not only will you increase your Switch’s storage by 800%, but you can do it for less than $50. It is a lot of space for games, and chances are it will take you a long time before you manage to cap it, if at all.
How to install a micro SD in your Switch?
Adding a micro SD to your Nintendo Switch or Switch OLED is very easy. First, make sure your Switch is powered off, then remove it from its dock. If you raise the kickstand, you will see a small slot. Insert your micro SD into this slot and you’ll be good to go.
Once inserted, turn your Switch back on and go to system settings. In the Data Management menu, select “Move data between system / Micro SD card”. Select the prompt to move data from the console’s internal storage to the memory card, then select the games you want to move.