How to Transfer Nintendo Switch Screenshots to a Smartphone Wirelessly

A Nintendo Switch.
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If your Nintendo Switch console is working System 11.0.0 or more, you can now wirelessly transfer up to 10 screenshots and one video at a time to a smartphone or tablet with a QR Code. Here’s how it works and how to set it up.

How it works?

When you share screenshots or videos from your Switch to a smart device via QR code, the Switch first creates its own local Wi-Fi hotspot. Then it shares how you can connect to it with your phone via QR code. Once received, your smartphone will temporarily connect to the Switch’s local Wi-Fi network.

Then the Switch provides you with a second QR code. This gives your phone the temporary web server address in the Switch with links to the screenshots and videos you shared. From there, you can download the images or videos to your phone.

When you’re done, the Switch’s Wi-Fi network disappears and your smart device automatically reconnects to its regular Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s quite strange, but it works with iPhones, Android phones, iPads, Kindle Fires, or any mobile device.

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How to share Switch screenshots and videos locally via QR Code

To share media files from your Switch, you first need to make sure it is working System 11.0.0 or later. If so, open “System Settings”, navigate to “System” and then select “System Update”.

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Next, from the Home menu, select the Album icon (the circle with a rectangular photo of some curved Mario-style hills).

On the Switch HOME screen, select the Album icon.

Find and select the photo or video you want to share with your smartphone, then press A to open “Share and edit”.

In the “Share and edit” sidebar, select “Send to smartphone”.

A pop-up will appear asking if you would like to share “Only this one” or if you would prefer to “Send a batch”. The batch option will send a maximum of 10 images and 1 video at a time, and you can select them in a convenient thumbnail interface.

For our example, however, we’ll select “Only this one”.

The “Send to Smartphone” screen will appear with a QR code. On your smartphone or tablet, open the Camera app and scan the QR code. We use an iPhone, but it also works with iPads and Android devices which can scan QR codes.

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Using your smart device, scan the first QR code on the switch.

After scanning the code, tap “Join” in the notification asking if you want to join the Switch’s local Wi-Fi network. It will have a name like “switch_8057C0001”. It sounds a little scary, but don’t worry – you just log into your local Switch unit.

Once your smart device is connected, a second QR code will appear on your Switch.

Using your smart device, scan the second QR code on the switch.

Scan it with your smart device, then tap the link in the notification that appears to open it in a browser.

You will then see a web page that includes a thumbnail of the image you have chosen to share. If you choose to share a batch of images, they will all appear on this page as thumbnails.

An example of wireless sharing from the switch to the smart device webpage.

From there, you can save each image or video to your device. To do this on an iPhone, simply hold your finger on an image for a while, then tap “Add to Photos” from the menu that appears.

After that, go back to your Switch and press “End”.

This closes the Wi-Fi connection, and shortly after, your smartphone should automatically reconnect to its preferred Wi-Fi hotspot. If not, you will need to go to your device settings and sign in again manually.

If you need to upload more Switch screenshots in the future, you can also move them to a PC or Mac with a microSD card or a USB cable.

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