How to manage and delete saved data on your Nintendo Switch

Want to free up some space on your Nintendo Switch? We’ll walk you through the process.


Managing saved data on each console can be an essential part of maintaining your Nintendo Switch and a headache when choosing which data to delete.


The Switch may require you to manage and delete saved data more often than on other consoles. Fortunately, managing your saved data on Nintendo Switch is easy and can be done in a few simple steps.

If you need to start managing and deleting your stored data or wondering why you should do that in the first place, we can help.


Why you may need to manage and delete your stored data

Managing and deleting your game’s save data and some games themselves is an unfortunate side effect of some of the Nintendo Switch’s major shortcomings.

One of these shortcomings is the low base storage of the console itself. With the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 running around 800GB of base storage, the Nintendo Switch’s 32GB doesn’t hold up very well against the increasing size of modern games.

And while most Nintendo Switch games are drastically smaller than Xbox and PlayStation titles, games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild still require about 13.4GB of storage space to play, which is nearly 40% of the takes up your console’s total storage space for just one game.

Managing and deleting your Nintendo Switch data can become essential as your console’s base storage is slowly filling up.

Alternatively, issues with your console itself can prevent stored data from loading or become corrupted; in this scenario, you may need to reset your Nintendo Switch or even try to repair it.

Managing and Deleting Your Switch Saving Data

Now that you may need to manage and delete saved data on your Nintendo Switch, let’s take a look at how to do it.

Follow these steps to manage and delete your saved data on Nintendo Switch:

  • From your Nintendo Switch home screen, select System settings.
  • Navigate through the displayed options and choose Data management.
  • Scroll down to the last option for Data management and select Delete save data.

  • Enter your parental control PIN if prompted; otherwise, choose a title for which you want to manage or delete saved data.
  • You may be given an option to: Delete Save data for a specific user on your Switch or to Delete all saved data for this software. Simply select the option that suits you best.

After you select a delete option, your Nintendo Switch will permanently delete any saved data you have for the selected game.

Get the most out of maintaining your Nintendo Switch

Managing and deleting saved data on your Nintendo Switch is a great way to preserve your console’s storage capacity, despite its limitations.

To further maintain your console, make sure your Nintendo Switch is fully updated to avoid issues affecting your game.

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