How to close software on nintendo switch

The Nintendo Switch is a groundbreaking hybrid system that blurs the line between home gaming and mobile play. As such, there’s often confusion when it comes to how to close software on the Switch.

How To Close Software On Nintendo Switch

You can use the HOME button on your Nintendo Switch to close software and return to the HOME menu.

To close software, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold down the POWER button on the right Joy-Con Controller or on the console itself for at least three seconds.
  2. When you see a prompt asking “Are you sure you want to turn off your device?”, select “Yes” with the left Joy-Con Controller or by pressing “A” on your controller.

If you are using a Nintendo Switch, there are several ways to close software.

You can press the Home button on your controller to return to the home screen. This will also close any software in the background.

You can also press and hold down the Power button on your controller to put your Nintendo Switch into sleep mode. This will also close any software in the background.

[Switch] How can I close software and switch to another?


You can close the current software by pressing the X Button on the HOME Menu.

* Always close your current software before switching the game card.

How to close software

To close software that you’re playing, press the HOME Button (at which point the software will merely be suspended, rather than closed).

* Before closing your software, make sure you’ve saved your progress if necessary. (Save methods differ by software.)

Once you return to the HOME Menu, confirm that the cursor is over the suspended software and then press the X Button.

Select “Close” to close the suspended software.

How to switch to a different software

After closing the software, open the game card slot cover, then push slightly on the game card to release it and remove it from the slot.

* You do not need to turn off the power to your console when removing a game card.

Take the game card of the software you’d now like to play and insert it into your console face-up, and in the direction shown by the ▼ mark.

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