How to Record on Nintendo Switch

As a passionate gamer you are, you like to immortalize your most spectacular kills, the most unexpected discoveries you make and the almost impossible challenges that you manage to conquer with clenched teeth and sweaty hands clutching the controller. For this very reason, you like the gameplay capture feature that the current game consoles are equipped with, but now that you are approaching the world of Nintendo via its latest console you are wondering how to record your gameplay on the Nintendo Switch .

I bet you are already thinking about complex solutions, such as the ability to purchase video capture devices. But no, know that there is no need: you can do everything through the functions integrated in the Switch. Like? Read on and you will find out. With this guide, in fact, I will show you in detail everything you need and the procedure to capture the game played by Nintendo Switch using the software included with the system.

Just what you wanted to know? Perfect. So make yourself comfortable as you read this article and keep your Nintendo Switch close at hand. After reading, you and your friends can enjoy all the gameplay movies you want to make. Without further ado, I wish you good reading and a good catch!


  • Preliminary information
  • How to Record Video on Nintendo Switch
    • How to Record Gameplay on Nintendo Switch
    • How to edit videos
    • How to capture images from video

Preliminary information

To continue with the registration of your game it is necessary that you are aware of some important details about this feature already included in Nintendo Switch.

The basic premise is that it doesn’t matter which game and in which mode you are playing it, but the video capture time can be up to 30 seconds . Clearly this is true at the time of writing this article, as Nintendo itself may be introducing future updates that extend the lifespan of the recordings.

Don’t worry too much about the 30 seconds, too, they seemed too few to me, but it must be said that they are more than enough to record the most salient and interesting parts of the plays. In fact, the recording refers to the previous 30 seconds from the moment you press the Capture button , so just remember to press it after the event you want to store in video happens (like a nice kill in Fortnite ).

In order to use the video capture function integrated in the console it is also essential to install the latest firmware version, to be precise, you must have at least version 4.0.0 of the Switch firmware . But I tell you that this is a step that occurs almost automatically when a new version of the software is released, but I still want to briefly explain how to make sure you have the right version.

To check that you have the latest system software update, even from the Switch HOME menu and scroll down to the Settings item : then select the latter and tap on the System item . Then, start the check and any automatic firmware update by selecting the Update console option . If the console does restart, rest assured because it is something foreseen by the procedure.

Now that you have dispelled all doubts about the Nintendo Switch update, an additional requirement for recording videos is to play titles that actually offer this possibility. Fortunately, most of the popular and famous games for Nintendo Switch have it, I mean titles like Fortnite , The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , Splatoon 2 and ARMS .

In compatible games you will be able to record every mode, including multiplayer sessions. By the way, do you already know how two play Nintendo Switch? How do you say you haven’t tried it yet? Don’t miss out on this game feature! If you don’t know how to do it, I invite you to consult my guide on how to play for two with Nintendo Switch .

This is what you must necessarily take into account when you want to record videos from Nintendo Switch. Nonetheless, I want to provide you with further information that may be useful to you. For example, you may be wondering if you need additional storage to save videos, such as a good large microSD card .

Well, this is not strictly necessary because the videos can be stored in the internal space of the console for a total number of about 100 files. This amount can go up to 1,000 videos if you have a large capacity microSD memory instead. Is it necessary then? No, or rather, it becomes if you really want to save a lot of videos, otherwise you can very well do without them.

The last piece of information I want to give you is more of a technical note. I refer to the limitation of the resolution of videos captured by Nintendo Switch, namely that of 720p . The quality of the videos is therefore HD Ready and at the moment it is not possible to change this type of setting. Nothing worrying or dramatic, the overall quality, as you will experience for yourself, is more than enjoyable.

How to Record Video on Nintendo Switch

Once you’ve cleared your mind about capturing video on the Nintendo Switch, it’s time to take action and find out how to record on the Nintendo Switch .

As already mentioned, the procedure to follow is the same for each title, so whether you want to know how to record Fortnite on Nintendo Switch , how to record Zelda , Mario or any other game for the “big N” hybrid console, just follow what are about to propose. Action!

How to Record Gameplay on Nintendo Switch

At the beginning of the video recording of your gameplay there is a very simple step: starting the game. Nothing could be simpler, as you usually do, just go to the icon of the title you want to play and record and tap on it (or select it with the buttons of the Joy-Con or the controller connected to the Switch). Then wait for all the necessary uploads and start the game in the mode you prefer. I just remind you that some titles may not be compatible, in which case try a different one.

Also remember to update the game if the system suggests it to you. If this happens, tap the Update item in the window that opens automatically.

With the game started, if the game is compatible, you can start recording at the time you prefer by simply pressing the Capture button on the left Joy-Con.

If gameplay recording is not allowed, an error message will appear in the upper left corner of the screen. Can’t find the Capture button? Quiet, it is easily recognizable because it is square in shape and placed immediately below the directional arrows of the left Joy-Con.

Keep in mind that if the button is pressed quickly once, you will “take” a snapshot of the game screen. Since your intent is to save a video of the last 30 seconds of play, be sure to hold down the capture button for a long time. Only in this way, in fact, will the console understand that you intend to store a video of your game.

See how quick and easy it was to save the video? Now all you have to do is find out what you can do with captured gameplay footage, such as editing and posting to social media!

How to edit videos

Now that you have successfully recorded the portion or portions of your gameplay, they are automatically stored in the Nintendo Switch memory or on the microSD.

By default, if you have a microSD installed in your console, the videos will be saved to the card, otherwise to the Switch’s internal storage. To change this setting, go to the Settings menu > Data management> Manage image and video captures> Save destinations .

From the same menu, using the Copy or delete image and video captures section , you can manage images and videos and move them from one unit to another, if you have installed a microSD in the console.

More precisely, the videos and screenshots of the games can be viewed in the Album menu , accessible directly from the HOME screen. You can access it with a simple tap on its icon. Once you have opened the Album of your console, you are in the section All image captures and videos , from which you can immediately have all the videos and images of your games available. From here you can choose if and how to edit and share them.

Start immediately by selecting the video you prefer, with a tap on its preview. In this way the video playback starts: you can stop it at any time by pressing the Y button on the Joy-Con, so as to also open the Edit and Publish menu .

For example, you can trim the video with the appropriate option. In this case, a screen with the video and a bar with two indicators opens: swipe the indicator to the left to choose when the playback should start, then tap the Next button to be able to slide the right indicator and thus choose when reproduction must end.

After your video editing operation, all you have to do is tap the Save button to create a new video file modified according to your preferences. Another possibility offered by the editor is publication. To publish a video online, select the Publish item and the profile of the player who is publishing and then select the social network , with a tap on the corresponding icon.

The ones available are Facebook and Twitter , of course you must also check the Connect an account box , so as to remain connected to your social account with the one you use on your Nintendo console.

After choosing the social network, enter the corresponding data in the User Name or Email and Password text boxes and tap the Authorize app button .

This is a step to be taken for the first time you publish content from your console on one of the available social networks, the following times it will not be necessary, but you will always decide if and which content to publish and nothing will be done automatically without yours. permission.

If you miss the number of saved video contents and end up having too many, you should know that you can delete the ones you no longer need to free up space at any time you want. You can always free up space by going to Album . Then, locate the video you want to delete by navigating the menu, and when you figure out which one to delete, press the Joy-Con X button .

You can then select one or more videos to delete and continue with their deletion by pressing the A button on the Joy-Con. You can also press the + button on the Joy-Con to play the video before deleting it, so you can make sure it’s the one you want to remove.

Remember to follow this procedure to free up space, otherwise you will fill your memory and you will not be able to save anything else on the console!

How to capture images from video

If you have read how to record your gameplay videos on Nintendo Switch , then I am sure that it will be a breeze for you to proceed with capturing the screenshots of the saved videos. I’ll explain immediately how to do it.

As for videos, access the Albums and All image captures and videos sections , and then choose the played video you want to save one or more screenshots of.

This will start playing the video, during which you can press the Joy-Con’s Y button to pause. With the video paused, select the Edit and Publish button to access the Save as Image Capture item .

The game, or rather, the game screenshot, is done; you just have to share it or show it to whoever you want, exactly as you can do for your gameplay videos . Easy, right?


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