What is the max size SD card a Nintendo Switch can use?

Although the Nintendo Switch comes with 32GB of built-in storage, most users will quickly outgrow that. Those with a lot of games will want to know the Switch max SD card size. Buying an affordable SD card with the most storage possible right off the bat will save potential annoyances later on.

What is the Nintendo Switch SD card max size?


The Nintendo Switch is compatible with SDXC format cards. This means that the largest SD card it can theoretically use is 2TB. However, there are no 2TB cards readily available on the market yet, so the max SD card size for the Switch right now is 1TB.

Unfortunately, 1TB SD cards are still cost-prohibitive for most users. After all, why spend half (or more) of the Switch’s retail price on an SD card. However, users who want the maximum amount of storage space currently possible should purchase the SanDisk 1TB Ultra microSDXC memory card. This is the cheaper of the two 1TB cards that SanDisk offers, but it’s fast enough to load Switch games. As of writing, it retails for $199.99-229.99.

Most users will budget for much less for their Switch’s expanded storage. Fortunately, Users can buy 512 GB SDXC cards for less than half of a 1TB card price. Quality cards from Samsung and SanDisk currently run around $70 for the 512GB capacity model.

One thing to note is that many times there will be listings on Amazon and eBay for large capacity generic micro SD cards that are more affordable than SanDisk, Samsung, Lexar, and other name brand cards. Right now, there are pages of cards that claim to be 1TB priced at $25. These cards are all fakes. The on-board controller will tell a device that it’s 1TB when the card is actually 4, 8, or 16GB. Fortunate buyers might get a 32GB card. Usually, these cards will fail immediately when the system tries to format them. Buying generic might be okay with some products, but always go with name brand when it comes to any sort of data storage.