Attack of the Fanboy

User Discovers Nintendo Switch Screenshot Limit

by Darrin Wright


The Nintendo Switch makes taking screenshots even simpler than its competitors, the PS4 and Xbox One, with an insanely quick snap after the press of a button. That makes it very easy to just go nuts taking screenshots, but it turns out there’s a limit to how many screenshots you can take.

That limit, of course, depends entirely on whether or not you’re using a micro SD card with your Switch, or just going off its (admittedly small) 32GB of internal memory, but there’s still a limit either way. Redditor megamilkybee made the discovery recently, when they got an error message (pictured above) letting them know of the restrictions of 1,000 screenshots for internal memory and 10,000 screenshots for micro SD cards (depending on the size of the card, of course).

It’s worth noting that if you for some reason want to take more than 10,000 screenshots, you can always swap out one memory card for another, although Nintendo stresses you should turn the console completely off before doing so.

The limit shouldn’t really impact the average user too much, although some in the thread detailing the limit noted that accidental screenshots are very easy to commit on the Switch, as opposed to other consoles where you must give confirmation that you do, indeed, want to take a screenshot. Some say they accidentally do so when reaching for the “minus” button on the Pro Controller, while others say it’s happened while using the Switch’s Joy-Con in the sideways manner, such as when playing Snipperclips.

Still, one can see how a user may end up taking more screenshots than planned: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous game, plus it also has a camera component that plays into a side quest or two. While those photos are kept in the game’s save data, it would be very easy to just take another image for yourself in certain cases, like when I found a really awesome skeleton horse.

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