How to Record Gameplay Videos on Nintendo Switch

Ben Stegner 21-11-2017

Capturing your gameplay through screenshots and videos is an important feature of modern video game consoles. Just like you record your desktop for PC games Record Your Desktop with These 12 Great Screencasting Apps Need to record your desktop? Luckily, you'll find that screencasting apps are more common than you might think. Here are some of the best free ones. Read More , both the Xbox One and PS4 allow you to capture what’s on screen and share it with friends.


Until recently, the Nintendo Switch didn’t allow you to capture any video 15 Questions You Have About Nintendo Switch Answered The Nintendo Switch is here! We've got one, and have answers to the top questions about the system. Read More . With a recent update, Nintendo has added a basic screen recording function, though it has some limitations.

How to Record Video on Nintendo Switch

To record video on your Switch, do the following:

  1. Make sure your console is up-to-date. This happens automatically, but you can visit Settings > System > System Update to make sure you’re current.
  2. You must be playing a compatible game to capture video. At the time of writing, these are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, and Skyrim.
  3. Press and hold the Capture button (on the left Joy-Con or left side of the Pro Controller). The system will capture the last 30 seconds of your gameplay.
  4. To access your clips, press the Home button to access the main menu, then select Album to review them all.
  5. Select a video here with A, and you can Trim it if needed. Like screenshots, you can Share it on Facebook or Twitter with the menu.

Unfortunately, the recording is only in 720p so it’s not the best quality. But if you’re playing a game that supports the feature, it’s a great way to capture that “Holy cow!” moment.

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Have you taken any clips of Switch games? Do you enjoy sharing videos of your accomplishments with friends? Tell us in the comments!


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  1. Kiesp
    November 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    This is pretty cool! :D Works in Super Mario Odyssey :)