How to clear the cache on your Nintendo Switch to delete unneeded files and help the system run smoothly

It's easy to clear the cache on a Nintendo Switch.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • To clear the cache on your Nintendo Switch, head to the "System Settings" menu.
  • Clearing the cache on your Switch can free up storage space and help the system run more smoothly.
  • When you clear the cache on your Switch, you'll lose the passwords saved on your system.

If you're lucky enough to have been gaming with a Nintendo Switch all summer, then it's probably time to clear the system's cache.

When you go too long without clearing out your Switch's cache of stored data and temporary files, it can affect how the device runs.Advertisement

So whether you're ready to resell your Switch, or simply want to bring it back up to speed, here's how you can clear your cache through your Switch's settings.

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How to clear the cache on a Nintendo Switch

1. Turn on your Nintendo Switch, and go to the home screen.

2. From the list of options at the bottom of the screen, select "System Settings" — it's the icon that looks like a gear.
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You can change the settings while your Switch is docked or in handheld mode.Emma Witman/Business Insider

3. In the left sidebar, scroll to the bottom and click "System." 4. Scroll to the bottom of that menu to select "Formatting Options."Advertisement

Be sure that you have your passwords remembered or saved somewhere else, as clearing your cache will log you out of most Nintendo services.Emma Witman/Business Insider

5. "Reset Cache" will appear at the very top. Click it. You'll be prompted to close any open games or apps — click "Close" if you're asked to.

Select the "Reset Cache" option.Emma Witman/Business Insider
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6. Click "Reset" to finalize.

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