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Sharing your gameplay with friends is always fun, but sharing your Nintendo Switch gameplay can be tricky. Thankfully, with a little ingenuity, you can freely share your Switch media online.
In this article, we explain how to share your Nintendo Switch gameplay online, in the form of screenshots and videos.
What You Need to Share Nintendo Switch Gameplay Online
You may have already noticed that the Nintendo Switch’s Album software allows you to share photos on Facebook or Twitter. While this can be useful, setting up an account on the Nintendo Switch can be fiddly, and it doesn’t allow you to share the image elsewhere online. It also uploads the pictures in poor quality, which is annoying for people who want crisp photos.
If you want to share media without using the Album app, you’ll need a Micro SD card and a device that can read them. Micro SD cards usually come with SD “docks” that fit SD card-sized ports, so if you own a PC or laptop with a regular SD card slot, you’re good to go. If you need to buy one, note these mistakes to avoid when buying a Micro SD card.
If you’re having trouble finding where the Micro SD card goes on the Nintendo Switch, lift the “leg” on the back of the console. You’ll find the Micro SD slot underneath.
How to Share Nintendo Switch Screenshots
How to Take Screenshots on Your Nintendo Switch
Taking a screenshot on your Nintendo Switch is very easy. When something picture-worthy happens in-game, press the Capture button on your controller. If you’re using a Joy-Con, it’s the square button underneath the arrow buttons. If you’re using the Pro Controller, it’s the square button underneath the minus button.
You’ll hear a camera shutter, and the Nintendo Switch will take the screenshot. This will automatically save itself in the Album app, where you can share it on Facebook on Twitter. However, we’re going to perform some additional steps that allow us to share it wherever we like.
How to Retrieve Screenshots From Your Nintendo Switch
Once you’ve finished playing with your Nintendo Switch, turn the console off. Be careful, because turning it off is different from putting it in Sleep Mode. You’ll have to hold down the power button on the console, select Power Options, then Turn Off.
Once the Nintendo Switch has shut down, retrieve the Micro SD card from the console and plug it into your computer. Open it up in a file explorer, then go to Nintendo then Album. Then, click on the folder with today’s year, then the folder with today’s month, then the folder with today’s date. For example, if you take a screenshot on May 7, 2019, you’ll go to Album>2019>05>07.
If you’ve taken multiple screenshots today, you’ll find a few images in this folder. They all have automatically generated names, so you’ll have to manually check through them to find the one you want to upload. Once you find it, you can copy it straight onto your desktop.
How to Share the Chosen Image
Once you’ve found the image you want to share, you have a few options. If you want to share it on social media, the site usually has its own way of uploading pictures. Otherwise, you can upload it to Imgur or one of these Imgur alternatives we recommend, then share the link that way.
How to Share Nintendo Switch Videos
Nintendo Switch ideos are a little tricker to share online than screenshots, but it’s still possible.
How to Record Videos on Your Nintendo Switch
At the time of writing, there are only four games that support recording videos: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. If you want to record video outside of these games (except Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which we’ll discuss later), you’ll have to wait until Nintendo releases support for it.
To record a gameplay video for one of the above games, perform the same actions as taking a screenshot, but hold down the Capture button instead of just pressing it. The console will record the last 30 seconds of gameplay, so be quick on that shutter finger!
How to Edit Your Nintendo Switch Videos
If you want to share the entire 30-second clip, you can skip to the next section. If you’re going to trim it down to size first, go to the Album app, select the video you want to edit, select Editing and Posting, then Trim. You’ll arrive in an editor where you can tweak the video to your liking.
How to Retrieve Your Nintendo Switch Videos
Retrieving videos is identical to getting your screenshots: take out the SD card, plug it into your PC, open the Album folder, then follow the files in accordance to today’s date. You should find them in today’s folder as .MP4 files, which are a pretty good video format for sharing.
How to Share the Chosen Video
Sharing videos is a little trickier than screenshots. Generally, if you want to make a GIF of the gameplay, a service like Gfycat will serve you well. If you instead want to share a full video and keep the quality and sound, Streamable is an excellent tool for hosting gameplay videos.
How to Share Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Replays
We mentioned above that video recording only works with four games right now, but SSBU is an exception. That’s because there’s a workaround to share replays in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
How to Save a Super Smash Bros. Replay
To do this, you first need to save a replay. You can only do this at the very end of a match when the result cards appear for each player. Press A once to go to the stats page, then press Y. The game will ask you if you want to save a replay. Say Yes, and it’ll save a full replay of the game you’ve just played.
How to Convert Replays Into Videos
Unfortunately, you can’t share the replay as-is on social media. Smash replays are instructions for the game to recreate your match. You’ll need to convert it into a video to make it shareable.
To do this, go to the main menu of the game, then select Vault, then Replays, then Replay Data. Find the replay you want to share and select Convert to Video.
You’ll see the replay player appear. Press Plus on your controller to begin recording your video. Sit back and wait for the replay to play out. Once this finishes, you’ll have a video ready to share.
How to Edit SSBU Replay Videos
If you want to share the entire match, you’re now free to skip to the next section. However, Smash does have some helpful video editing tools if you want to share just a clip of the match. To do this, go to Vault, then Replays, then Edit Video.
How to Share SSBU Replay Videos
To share the replay video, perform the same initial steps as with sharing screenshots—turn off the console, take the Micro SD card out, and plug it into your PC.
However, when you go into the Album folder, go into Extra instead of the folder named after the current year. Then, access the folder with a long string of letters and numbers. You’ll then see a folder with the current year on it; at this point, the rest of the steps are identical to sharing screenshots and videos.
Getting the Most From Your Nintendo Switch
Sharing Nintendo Switch gameplay isn’t easy, but it is possible. As we have explained. With a little bit of extra work, you can give yourself the freedom to share screenshots and videos wherever you please.
Now that you know how to share Nintendo Switch gameplay you just need some more games to show off your skills. So take a look at the best Nintendo Switch games available right now.