9 things to do with your Nintendo Switch

By Mike Atherton 17 Sep 2018
9 things to do with your Nintendo Switch

Just like Nintendo’s other consoles, the Switch is simple to use and easy to understand. Even so, there are some things that you can do with it that might not be so obvious. This guide looks at what you can do to make the most out of your Switch.

Expand the memory


The Switch comes with 32GB of storage as standard. Once you’ve taken the operating system into account, that leaves you with about 26GB for your games. Big games like Dragon Quest Heroes 2 will fill up all that space, so you’ll need more. On the back of the Switch, hidden under the kickstand, is a microSD card slot. The Switch can support microSD cards so big that they aren’t even on the market yet, so we recommend adding as much storage as possible. 256GB should give you all the storage space you’ll need.

Take screenshots and videos


Of all the consoles, the Switch makes taking screenshots (and even making memes) super easy. There’s a button on the left controller that lets you take a screenshot, then you can sort them out in the ‘Album’ section on the main menu.

From here, you can arrange, delete, add text your screenshots, and even share them on social media. You could create the next viral meme right there on your Switch.

To share a video clip instead, you just need to press and hold the screenshot button and the last 30 seconds of action will be sent out into the world. Not all games support this, but most of them do.

Find a lost controller


The controllers for the Switch are designed to be compact and portable, but if you misplace one it can also make them really hard to find. We recommend leaving them docked when possible, but if you do lose one, your Switch can help you find it as long as it’s still paired.

From the Home screen, go to Controllers > Search for Controllers. Tap and hold the one you’re looking for and it’ll continue to vibrate while you’re holding it.

Parental controls


If you’ve got kids, chances are they’ll want to play on the Switch. For younger kids who shouldn’t be playing certain games, you can keep an eye on exactly what they’re up to.

Once you’ve set up the parental controls in the settings menu, you then use an iOS or Android app to control it. In the app, you can limit the amount of time they play per day, blacklist or whitelist games and even see what they’re playing and how much.

To find the parental controls options, go to System Settings > Parental Controls > Parental Controls Settings.

Turn down the brightness


When the Switch is undocked, press and hold the ‘Home’ button on the right controller to bring up some other options. You can put the console into flight mode, rest mode or change the brightness here. Lowering the brightness is one of the easiest ways to get more from the battery life (when you’re using it as a portable console), so we recommend dimming it as much as possible, without straining your eyes.

Set up a Nintendo Account


A Nintendo Account lets you do a few things that you won’t be able to do without one. You can download games from the Nintendo Store, and earn rewards that can be used to buy more games. You’ll also get access to Nintendo Switch Online, which is a paid service that launched in September 2018.

The main benefit to Switch Online is that you can play online with friends, but this service also lets you play classic NES games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda. You can find out more about My Nintendo here.

Build your own ‘Mii’


Your ‘Mii’ is a customisable avatar that you’ll find across lots of Nintendo consoles. It’s a what other players see when you’re online and you can customise it to make it look just like you.

To get into the Mii settings, go to System Settings > Mii > Create/Edit a Mii.

When you're happy with your Mii, give it a name and choose Done.

Manage your notifications


It’s a good idea to change the notification settings on your Switch because they can get a bit annoying. You’ll get notifications when games and updates are downloaded, and you’ll also get notifications about what friends are doing.

To update your notification settings, go to System Settings > Notifications.

Change controller from single to multiplayer


The whole point of the Nintendo Switch is that it can be played in different modes depending on where you are. But it isn’t completely obvious how to switch the controllers into multiplayer mode. Multiplayer mode lets you use the controllers separately so two people can play on the same screen.

To switch between controller modes, go to Controllers > Change Grip/Order. From here, just hold one of the controllers horizontally and press the two top buttons at the same time, then do the same with the other controller.

When that’s done, the controllers can be used independently of each other.

Hopefully, our tips and tricks have helped you to get a bit more from your Nintendo Switch. If you need more help, get in touch with an expert from Team Knowhow.

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