How to soft reset or factory reset a Nintendo Switch to fix software issues and glitches

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  • You can soft reset a Nintendo Switch that's experiencing software errors to help restore it to working order.
  • If a soft reset doesn't work, or if you want to wipe the Switch's system clean before you get rid of the console, you should perform a factory reset.
  • A factory reset will erase all of your data and can't be undone, so only take this step if you're sure it's warranted.
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If your Nintendo Switch is freezing, lagging, or experiencing other glitches during use, you should try a soft reset to get the system running properly again. This essentially entails turning it off and then back on again.

On the other hand, if you want to wipe all your data off the Switch, such as before you sell it, donate it, or send the system in for repairs, you might want to complete a factory reset.

Here's how to do both.

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How to reset a Nintendo Switch

Soft reset

1. Press the small circular power button on top of the Switch console, and hold it down until the system powers off. This should take about ten to fifteen seconds.

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Holding down the power button for 15 seconds should force a soft reset.

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2. Wait a few seconds, then press the power button again.

3. The Switch should display the Nintendo logo, and then turn on again within a few moments.

On the other hand, if you want to wipe all your data off the Switch, you might want to complete a factory reset. This is a good idea if you want to sell it, or donate it.

Factory reset

1. Launch the System Settings page from the toolbar under your games and apps. Its icon is a gray gear.

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Begin the process by clicking on the gear icon.

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2. In System Settings menu, scroll to the bottom of the left menu and select "System."

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Use the A button to click through the menu.

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3. In the System menu, scroll all the way down to the words "Formatting Options" and select them.

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On some Switch consoles, this option may read "Initialize" instead of "Formatting Options."

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4. Now scroll down to "Initialize Console" and select it.

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Keep in mind, this will erase all of your data.

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5. On the next screen, click "Next" to confirm your choice and reset the console.

It'll take a few moments for the console to wipe all your data.

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