The Nintendo Switch is one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all time. In addition to its excellent library of games, the system isn’t bogged down with complicated menus and is generally considered to be pretty easy to use. For these reasons, many gaming enthusiasts recommend the Switch as a solid first console for those looking to get into gaming.
All that said, there are still some systems that require a little bit of explanation. As mentioned above, the Switch’s menus are much easier to navigate than those of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, however, there are still several places where you might find yourself getting lost. If you’re looking to share your Switch captures, whether they’re screenshots or videos, and are having a tough time, fret not. Use the guide below to learn everything you need to know about sharing your captures on the Nintendo Switch.
How to Save Switch Captures to Your Phone
Before getting started, you’ll need to make sure that your Switch is connected to the internet and that you have your smartphone on hand which also must be connected to an internet network. Once you’re ready, turn on your Switch and go to your dashboard. Select the “Album” icon in the center of the row of icons in the bottom half of the screen. The “Album” icon is represented by a small picture frame.
Inside the “Album” menu, you’ll find all of your captures. You can filter which ones you see by hitting the “Y” button. In the filter options, you can choose to see images only, videos only, the captures on your system memory, the captures on your microSD card, or captures from specific games. Once you’ve properly filtered your album, return to the main page of the album.
Regardless of whether you want to send just one capture or multiple to your phone, find one of the images you want to send to have and select it with the “A” button. Once it’s full screen, use the “A” button again to go to the “Sharing and Editing” menu. Here, you’ll have a handful of options for how you can share captures. To post it directly to social media, hit “Post” and you’ll be given more sharing options. To send it to your phone, select “Send to Smartphone.”
Once you do, you’ll be given two options: “Only This One” and “Send a Batch.” If you just want to send one image to your phone, select “Only This One,” but if you want to send multiple, use “Send a Batch.” Both options will take you to the same place, but sending multiple captures has an additional step. If you chose “Send a Batch,” you’ll be shown all of your captures. Select the captures you want to share and then select “Send” in the bottom right corner of the screen. Take note, you can only share 10 captures at once. If you want to share more, you’ll need to repeat this process multiple times.
After selecting your images or hitting “Only This One,” you’ll be taken to a screen that has a QR code on the left side. Take out your phone and scan the code. Once you do, you’ll see a pop-up that asks if you want to join your Switch’s WiFi network. Select “Join” and after a few seconds, a new QR code will appear on the right side of the Switch’s screen. Scan it and a new tab will open in your phone’s browser. Here, you can select the photos and download them directly to your camera roll.