How to reset Nintendo Switch OLED

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Resetting the Switch OLED gives you a fresh start

What to Know

  • Turn on the Nintendo Switch OLED, and then open the System menu.
  • Select Formatting Options from the System menu.
  • Tap Initialize Console and then tap Start.

If you are selling or giving away your Nintendo Switch, it is essential that your Nintendo Switch OLED be reset. This will wipe all data and user accounts on the system, and make it ready for the next owner.

How to reset Nintendo Switch OLED

These steps will reset your Nintendo Switch OLED.

Important:Resetting the Nintendo Switch OLED will wipe all data and user accounts from the console. These data include save files, screenshots and game downloads. Re-downloading games purchased via the Nintendo eShop is possible. Any save data and screenshots that are not backed-up will be lost forever. You can save screenshots and other data if you move the data to another Nintendo Switch .

  1. Turn on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. To open the Home Screen, if it isn’t already visible, you can press the Home button on the Switch controller.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of Settings menu. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings menu and select System. Next, select Formatting Option.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom for Formatting Options. Select Initialize Console.
  6. You will see a warning. Please read the warning. If you’re ready to reset your Nintendo Switch OLED, select Initialize.
  7. The progress bar will begin filling and an indicator will be displayed. You should not turn off your Switch OLED when initialization is ongoing.

Once initialization is completed, the Switch OLED will automatically restart.

Initialize Console acts as a factory reset. This deletes all data from the Nintendo Switch OLED and restores it to its original state. Before you can use it again, you will need to set the Nintendo Switch OLED up.

How do I factory reset the Nintendo Switch OLED

Initializing the Nintendo Switch OLED works in the same way as a factory reset for other consumer electronics, despite the name difference. It will wipe the Switch OLED clean and restore it to its original state.

What does a hard reset do on Nintendo Switch OLED

Hard reset is when a console is forced to shut down without going through the normal power-down process. This will reset the console, but it won’t erase any data. This is different than a factory reset which erases the entire device and restores it to its original state.

A Nintendo Switch OLED can be hard reset by holding down the power button for approximately fifteen seconds. When it is turned on again, hold down the power button again.

You can access additional options on the Switch console by pressing certain buttons. Our guide to resetting the Nintendo Switch will help you learn more.

Is there a way to reset the OLED of a Nintendo Switch that won’t turn on?

If the Nintendo Switch OLED won’t turn off or display video, it can’t be reset. In rare cases, however, the software of the Switch OLED may freeze up during sleep, giving the illusion that the console isn’t turning on. This problem can be fixed by performing a hard reset.

Hold the power button down for at least 15 seconds. This will cause the Switch OLED’s to turn off.

To turn on the Switch OLED again, release the power button and then press it again.

FAQ

How can you reset your Nintendo Switch?

You can perform a hard reset on an older Nintendo Switch by using the same steps as for an OLED model. Press and hold the power button until your console resets. Release the powerbutton and then press and hold the power buttons again. Turn off your Nintendo Switch and hold down the volume up or volume downward buttons. Next, press the power button. Keep holding down the buttons until Maintenance Mode loads. Select Initialize Console without Deleting Saved Data, then select OK.

How can you factory reset your Nintendo Switch without using the PIN?

You can reset the Parental controls PIN if you forget it. Select the Parental Controls icon from the Switch. Next, select Parental controls and choose Help. Then, enter the PIN. To ensure that an adult uses the PIN Reset Tool you will need to pay $0.50.

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