Nintendo Switch Update 11.0.0 Improves Downloads, Cloud Saves, Media Transfers, and More

The Switch's latest firmware update adds some interesting tweaks.

Posted By | On 01st, Dec. 2020

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Nintendo have released the version 11.0.0 firmware update for the Nintendo Switch, bringing some important additions to the hybrid. No, we still don’t have themes or folders, but Nintendo have added some other rather fundamental features that, honestly, should have been in the system for a long time- but hey, better late than never.

For starters, Nintendo Switch Online now has an icon on the home menu in the bottom bar. It’s completely red, standing in stark contrast to all the other white icons, so it may bug some people. Meanwhile, Nintendo have also added the ability to transfer video files and screenshots from your Switch to your computer or smart devices via both USB transfer and QR code.

Prioritizing downloads has also finally been added, while you can now also enable automatic downloads of backed up cloud save data to make switching back and forth between multiple Switch consoles easier and more seamless. Several user icons have also been added, as has a new Trending feature on the user page.

You can check out the full update notes below. The update is live now.

Version 11.0.0 Update Notes

Nintendo Switch Online was added to the HOME Menu.

  • Access all Nintendo Switch Online services, from getting the latest information to checking your membership status.
    *This feature is not available in some countries/regions.

A new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud.

  • When using software with the same Nintendo Account linked to multiple systems, save data backed up from one console will automatically be downloaded to your other system(s).
    *To use this feature, it must be enabled under System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud.
    *Save data will not be downloaded automatically unless save data for that software exists on the console. The first time only, users must download the save data manually.
    *A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Save Data Cloud service.

A new Trending feature was added to the User Page.

  • Users can check what software their friends are playing or have started playing recently.
    Information will not be displayed for friends who have their online status set to display to no one.

Users can now transfer screenshots and videos from Album to their smart devices.

  • Users can wirelessly connect their smart devices to Nintendo Switch to transfer the screenshots and videos saved within their Album.
  • For screenshots, users can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots and 1 video capture at once.
    *To connect, users must use their smart device to scan the QR Code displayed on the Nintendo Switch screen.
    For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.
    *“QR Code” is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos.

  • Users can use a USB cable to connect Nintendo Switch to their computers to copy the screenshots and videos saved under Album.
    * A USB charging cable [model HAC-010] or a USB-IF certified USB cable that supports data transfer is required to connect to a computer.
    For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.
    * Connection via the Nintendo Switch dock is not supported. Please connect the Nintendo Switch system directly to the computer.

Users can now select what download to prioritize when there are multiple downloads in progress.

  • When there are multiple software, update data, or downloadable content downloads in progress, users can now select which they want to download first.
  • You can set this under Download Options by selecting the icon for the software you want to download first on the HOME Menu.

User icons were added.

  • 12 user icons that commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series were added.

Users can now name preset button mappings with the Change Button Mapping feature.

Brazilian Portuguese was added as a supported language.

  • When users set their region to the Americas and their language to Português, the language used on the HOME Menu and in certain software will be displayed in Brazilian Portuguese.

Several issues were fixed, and usability and stability were improved.


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