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Nintendo Switch system update 11.0.0 patch notes add screenshot transfer to smart devices

The Nintendo Switch system has received an update in the form of version 11.0.0 which looks to provide users with more helpful features.


It’s not every day that the Nintendo Switch system gets an update. These firmware updates are often quite important, giving users an improved experience by fixing some issues and adding entirely new features. The Nintendo Switch version 11.0.0 update is one such patch that should vastly improve how players use the system.

Nintendo Switch version 11.0.0 patch notes

The Nintendo Switch version 11.0.0 was released on November 30, 2020, with the full patch notes posted on Nintendo’s support site. These notes highlight the major new features, which include things like prioritized downloads, screenshot and video transfers to smart devices, and the ability to directly hook up a Switch to a PC via USB for media transfer.

Nintendo Switch system update 11.0.0 patch notes
It's time to update your Nintendo Switch system to version 11.0.0!

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.

The Nintendo Switch system update 11.0.0 certainly looks to improve how users manage their screenshots and videos. Being able to transfer to a smart device or hook the console directly to a PC is bound to screenshot transfers a significantly easier experience. Be sure to check out the Shacknews Nintendo Switch page for the latest news on Nintendo’s phenomenal console-handheld hybrid.

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