Nintendo switch: can you copy "save data" to external storage? If yes, how?
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In the past I have lost all my data:
- When my harddrive broke on my PC
- when my daughter's tablet broke and she lost all of her Minecraft worlds from the last three years
Ever since those two incidents I do regularly scheduled backups.
I want to do regularly scheduled backups on the Nintendo switch because I want to avoid losing my daughter's entire animal crossing island from the last many years.
Can you copy "save data" to external storage? If yes, how?
Where external storage means: an SD card or hard drive (spinning or solid state).
P.s. I looked at this question here https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/360909/how-can-i-transfer-my-games-from-the-system-memory-to-my-micro-sd-card to try and answer this question... But it is different because it is only interested in copying game data... Not "save data" files.
As of today, the only way to backup your Nintendo switch "save data" files is to pay Nintendo yearly for their service called "Nintendo Switch Online"
https://www.nintendo.com/switch-online - Individual & Family Membership ... Get an Individual Membership for only $19.99 or a Family Membership for $34.99 per year. Play together online in...
I searched and found this https://www.nintendo.com/ph/support/switch/data_management/index.html which states clearly that you can not copy "save data" files to external storage.
Additionally I found this third party source which concurs that you can not copy "save data" files to external storage.