Nintendo Switch Firmware 11.0.0 Adds Ability To Transfer Screenshots To Phone and PC

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Nintendo fans haven't had as much as their counterparts and their shiny new systems in the last few weeks, but a new Switch firmware update makes some big tweaks.

Version 11.0.0 will allow for automatic downloads of backed-up save data, a new Trending view, and the ability to transfer screenshots and videos to your smart device or PC – FINALLY.


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Nintendo Switch Firmware v 11.0.0 – what's new?

Here's the full list of tweaks, as per Nintendo's support site:

Nintendo Switch Online was added to the HOME Menu.

  • Access all Nintendo Switch Online services, from getting the latest information to checking your membership status.*This feature is not available in some countries/regions.

A new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud.

  • When using software with the same Nintendo Account linked to multiple systems, save data backed up from one console will automatically be downloaded to your other system(s).*To use this feature, it must be enabled under System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud.*Save data will not be downloaded automatically unless save data for that software exists on the console. The first time only, users must download the save data manually.*A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Save Data Cloud service.

A new Trending feature was added to the User Page.

  • Users can check what software their friends are playing or have started playing recently.
  • Information will not be displayed for friends who have their online status set to display to no one.

Users can now transfer screenshots and videos from Album to their smart devices.

  • Users can wirelessly connect their smart devices to Nintendo Switch to transfer the screenshots and videos saved within their Album.
  • For screenshots, users can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots and 1 video capture at once.*To connect, users must use their smart device to scan the QR Code displayed on the Nintendo Switch screen.
  • For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.*“QR Code” is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.
With the new system update on #NintendoSwitch, you are now able to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from your Nintendo Switch to a smartphone for easier sharing!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica)
December 1, 2020


A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos.

  • Users can use a USB cable to connect Nintendo Switch to their computers to copy the screenshots and videos saved under Album.* A USB charging cable [model HAC-010] or a USB-IF certified USB cable that supports data transfer is required to connect to a computer.
  • For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.* Connection via the Nintendo Switch dock is not supported. Please connect the Nintendo Switch system directly to the computer.

Users can now select what download to prioritize when there are multiple downloads in progress.

  • When there are multiple software, update data, or downloadable content downloads in progress, users can now select which they want to download first.
  • You can set this under Download Options by selecting the icon for the software you want to download first on the HOME Menu.

User icons were added.

  • 12 user icons that commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series were added.
  • Users can now name preset button mappings with the Change Button Mapping feature.

Brazilian Portuguese was added as a supported language.

  • When users set their region to the Americas and their language to Português, the language used on the HOME Menu and in certain software will be displayed in Brazilian Portuguese.

Several issues were fixed, and usability and stability were improved.

How to update your Nintendo Switch's firmware

Updating to version 11.0.0 is easy enough – when you log into your Switch, go to the settings menu and then the System tab to be able to select the option to update the system.


If that all sounds like too much hard work, you can also just jump onto the eShop on your device – you'll then be prompted to update.