How to Reset a Nintendo Switch

Wipe your Switch and erase everything on it.
Ash Ash (354)
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Factory resetting your Nintendo Switch will completely wipe all of its current settings. Your profile, games—everything will be gone. This is perfect if you're planning on selling your Switch. But if you're troubleshooting, be sure to back-up anything important before you reset to factory defaults!

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Nintendo Switch System Settings

Access System Settings and choose System.

Nintendo Switch Initialize Console

Under Formatting Options select Initialize Console. This menu is for initiating the reset.

Wipe Nintendo Switch

Follow the prompts to complete the reset: Next > Next > Initialize

The reset may take a few minutes to complete. Keep an eye on the console and make sure all of your settings are completely removed when it's finished.

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