How To Wirelessly Retrieve Screenshots From A Nintendo Switch

With the newest generation of consoles, capturing our gaming memories has never been easier. The Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S all feature screenshot and video tools built into their firmware.

Once you’ve captured your treasured memories, you might be looking to move them over to a PC. Maybe it’s to store them on a larger hard drive, or maybe you want to edit them and upload them elsewhere. While it’s easy to capture screenshots from the Nintendo Switch, moving them to a computer is easier said than done. 

It’s not impossible, though. Previously, users were required to either use a micro SD card or plug the Switch into a PC directly using a USB C cable. If you wanted to transfer files wirelessly, you’d need to upload your files to social media and then download them again from there. Luckily, Nintendo has since implemented a much quicker workaround.

You can now wirelessly transfer files to a smart device by creating a local area network. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry – it’s much more simple than it sounds. Head to the Album app on the Nintendo Switch to get started. From there, select an image that you’d like to share to your phone and press the A button for ‘Posting and Editing’.

No wires, no worries

Then, select the ‘Send to Smart Device’ option. You’ll then be asked if you’d like to send just the one file or if you’d like to send more. You can transfer up to ten files at a time. Choose all of the files you’d like to send and you’ll be taken to a new menu screen.

Here you’ll be presented with a QR code. Scan this using the camera app on your phone and it will ask you to join a new local network. Once done, a new QR code will appear on the Switch. Scan this new one and it will take you to a link where all of your chosen files are stored. From there, just click and hold on an image to save it to somewhere on your smart device.

Once the files are on your device, you can disconnect your phone from the Switch’s local network. Now that the files are on your phone, it should be much more simple to move them around to exactly where you need them.

Nintendo has taken a while to add these simple quality of life features, but it’s great to see them finally here. It’s now also possible to connect any pair of Bluetooth headphones to your Switch.

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