If you have a lot of games for Nintendo Switch, your Home screen may become difficult to navigate. There are several ways to customize your Nintendo Switch to avoid clutter and organize your game library. Here’s how.
Nintendo Switch home screen
Even though it was released in 2017, the Nintendo Switch still has minimal customization options compared to other modern devices. The Switch still doesn’t offer custom wallpapers or user-generated themes. It also doesn’t support folders or categories, which Nintendo eventually added to Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. For this reason, if you have a lot of games, your home screen can get cluttered very quickly.
However, there are a few simple things you can do to make your home screen more organized and personalize it the way you want. Here are some of the things you can do.
Sorting and ordering games
By default, the 12 games displayed on your home screen are the 12 most recent games that you have played, installed or inserted in the Switch. There is currently no way to manually organize these games, except by opening a game to push it at the start of the screen or by tilting the cartridge inserted in the console.
However, if you have accumulated more than a dozen games in your library, scrolling to the right of the home screen takes you to the “All software” menu, which shows you all your titles owned and downloaded in a grid .
From there, you have several options for sorting all of the games in your library that you can access by pressing R on your console. You can sort by:
Most recently played: Similar to how the default home screen is sorted.
Longest playing time: This will sort the games by the length of time you have played them. The games you have never played are automatically at the bottom of the list.
Title: This will sort all the software alphabetically.
Editor: This will sort your titles by publisher name, alphabetically. You can see the editor of a title by pressing the more than one game button in the menu.
Removal of infrequently played games
With the number of games frequently on sale, chances are you have at least a few games that you rarely or rarely play. Another way to streamline your game list is to delete your rarely played games from your Switch and to de-clutter your game list. This has the advantage of freeing up space on your internal storage or microSD card.
You can only do this for digital titles downloaded from Nintendo eShop. Here’s how to delete a title from your Switch:
Select the game, either from your home screen or in “All software”.
Press the “+” button on your right joy-con to display the menu.
In the game menu, select “Manage software” on the left.
Select “Remove software”.
This removes the title from your library and from your Home screen. However, this does not delete the game from your account, as your purchases will always be linked to your Nintendo profile. You can always add the title to your Switch at any time by accessing the eShop, clicking on your profile at the top right and selecting “Redownload” from the menu. From there, you can download all the games that you own but are not currently on your system.
Change your background and welcome theme
The last thing you can do to customize the home screen of your Switch is to change your home background and theme.
From the home screen, select the “System Settings” button at the bottom. Select the “Theme” option on the left side of the screen. From there you can choose between the themes available for the Switch: Basic White and Basic Black.
In early 2020, the Switch only offers these two themes. You simply decide whether you want a dark theme or a light theme.
However, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eventually took over buying and downloading themes, so the Switch will likely get the functionality in the future as well. Stay tuned for firmware updates for your Switch.