Formatting an SD card

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The process to format an SD card to FAT32 is different for Windows, Linux and macOS.

Choose your operating system

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ChromeOS and Android are not an option and formatting an SD card with its built-in formatter may result in it becoming unusable by consoles.

iOS/iPadOS cannot format SD cards.

Alternatives

  • If you have a 3DS with custom firmware, you can instead use GodMode9.
  • If you have an unpatched or modchipped Switch, you can instead use TegraExplorer
    • Note: If you do not wish to create an emuNAND, e.g. for a sysCFW setup or for other consoles, select Only Fat32 instead of Fat32 + EmuMMC

If you already understand how to use the tools in the above guides, here are direct links to their pages: