Getting Started with Saving in Minecraft on Switch
Saving your progress regularly is an important aspect of playing Minecraft on Nintendo Switch. The game offers a few different save options that you should understand before getting started.
Minecraft on Switch has an autosave feature that automatically saves your world periodically as you play. Autosaves occur every few minutes by default, with the exact frequency varying by game version . Some players find the autosave lag disruptive , so you may want to disable or adjust the interval.
In addition to autosave, you can manually save and exit your world at any time. Press the + button on your Joy-Con to open the pause menu, then select "Save and Quit" to save your progress and return to the main menu.
Using both autosave and manual saving regularly will ensure you don't lose much progress if the game crashes or your Switch loses power.
Transferring Worlds Between Switch Consoles
One way to transfer locally saved worlds between Nintendo Switch consoles is by using the "Sync Old Worlds" option in Minecraft. This allows you to find any worlds stored on your Switch from previous versions of Minecraft and move them to the Bedrock version of the game.
To use the Sync Old Worlds feature, start Minecraft on your Switch and go to the world selection screen. At the very bottom you'll see a button that says "Sync Old Worlds." Tap this and Minecraft will search your console's storage for any old world files from the previous Switch edition of the game.
Once the search completes, you'll see a new section called "Old Worlds" appear underneath your main world list. From here, you can select any of the old worlds displayed and convert them to the Bedrock format so they can be played in the current version of Minecraft on Switch. The world data will essentially be copied over to the new version.
This makes transferring locally saved worlds between Switch consoles fairly straightforward. As long as you have both systems on the same WiFi network, the Sync Old Worlds process will allow you to find those worlds stored on the old Switch and move them to the new one .
Saving Worlds on Micro SD Cards
One way to save your Minecraft worlds on the Nintendo Switch is by backing them up to a micro SD card. This allows you to have an external copy of the world data that can be transferred between Switch consoles or other devices.
To save a world to the SD card, first make sure you have a compatible card inserted into your Switch. Then from the main menu, select "System Settings" and go to "Data Management." Select "Save Data Cloud Backup" and choose the Minecraft software. Here you can select specific worlds to copy to the SD card.
The save data will be copied and stored on the SD card, allowing you to insert that card into a new Switch and access the saved worlds. This makes transferring or backing up worlds much easier compared to re-downloading from the cloud on a new device.
It's important to have a separate SD card for each user profile on the Switch if you want to keep game saves separated. The SD card backup feature will save all worlds for the currently signed-in user profile.
Overall, using a compatible micro SD card provides a convenient way to manage and transfer Minecraft world save data on the Nintendo Switch. Just insert the card, backup the worlds you want, and pop it into another Switch to pick up where you left off!
Storing Worlds in the Cloud
One way to store your Minecraft worlds on the Nintendo Switch is by using cloud saving. To enable cloud saving, you'll need to link your Nintendo account in the Switch system settings. This allows your game data to be backed up online. According to Nintendo Support, "The vast majority of Nintendo Switch titles support Save Data Cloud backup for players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership." (source)
Once your Nintendo account is linked, your Minecraft worlds can be automatically backed up to the cloud as you play. This provides a way to access your save data from multiple Switch consoles. When you sign in on a new Switch, you can download your cloud-saved worlds and continue playing where you left off. Cloud saving helps protect your gameplay progress in case your Switch is damaged or lost.
It's important to manage your cloud storage and be aware of which Minecraft worlds are being backed up. You only have a limited amount of space, so you may need to delete old saves over time. Check the Data Management settings on your Switch to monitor your cloud storage usage for Minecraft and other games.
Tips for Managing Storage Space
One of the best ways to manage your Nintendo Switch storage space is to periodically delete old Minecraft worlds you no longer need. As you create new worlds and save more gameplay progress, your storage can start to fill up quickly. Getting in the habit of removing unneeded save files frees up valuable space for new worlds.
Go through all of your locally saved Minecraft worlds on the Switch and determine which ones you haven't played in a long time. These are good candidates for deletion. You can always re-download worlds you've previously uploaded to the cloud if you want to access them again later. Refer to this Reddit thread for advice on storage size when deleting old worlds.
Keep your active worlds that you're still building and leave enough room for future projects. Deleting old worlds periodically helps you avoid getting a full storage warning and lets you continue saving new Minecraft creations on your Switch.