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How to share screenshots on the Nintendo Switch

There’s a couple of different methods you can use.

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As a gamer, one of the best feelings in the world is one you make a great achievement in a game and get the chance to share it with your friends. For Nintendo Switch users, the best way to share those achievements is by taking screenshots.

On your Switch controller, there’s a built-in button that lets you take a screenshot of whatever is on screen at the time. On Joy-Cons, the button is a square found on the left controller near the directional pads. On Switch Pro controllers, the button is located left of center, just above the directional pad.

Taking a screenshot on your Switch controller is pretty simple. But what about sharing that screenshot? Unfortunately, sharing screenshots on the Switch isn’t such a simple task. It can be done, however, and I’m going to show you how right here.

How to share Nintendo Switch screenshots

Nintendo does offer an option that lets users share screenshots directly to social media. However, that option is limited to Facebook and Twitter. Still, you can share the screenshots to your social accounts, and then pull them from there to share however you’d like. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Navigate to the screenshot you want to share in the Album

  2. Select an image and tap Editing and Posting Nintendo switch how to share screenshots

  3. Select Post and choose either Facebook or Twitter

  4. Enter a caption and select Post once again

And that will share the screenshots directly to your Facebook or Twitter account.

READ MORE: How to take screenshots on an iPad

Again, these are your only options with this method, but you can then do what you want with the images on your profile.

Sharing screenshots over WiFi

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Ironically, you can’t screenshot these screens (Image: KnowTechie)

The other method is a little more complicated. First, you need to make sure your smartphone and Nintendo Switch are connected to the same WiFi network:

  1. Navigate to the screenshot you want to share in the Album
  2. Select an image and tap Editing and Posting
  3. Select Send to Smartphone
  4. Scan the QR code on your Switch with your smartphone to sync the devices
  5. Scan the next QR code to begin the download onto your phone
  6. Wait for the download to complete (this could take a few minutes)

READ MORE: How to update your Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons

And that’s how you share Switch screenshots to your smartphone over WiFi. From there, you can edit the screenshots and share them any way you see fit. This may be the more attractive option, as you won’t have to worry about going through social media to share your screenshots with your friends.

While Nintendo doesn’t offer the greatest versatility when it comes to sharing screenshots, it can still be done without too much trouble. Now you can show off that thriving Animal Crossing island to all your friends.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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