How transfer XCI from pc to Switch ? (2024)

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How transfer XCI from pc to Switch ? (2)
  • May 3, 2023
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EDIT SOLUTION FIND:
Worked with a usb c-b cable
Just install DBI then run mtp responder, it open switch folder in ur pc and copy xci files in microsd install folder
Wait and that it, the game is here and work
thanks for the help guys

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Hi everyone, my switch was taking dust since 2017 and i past the last 24h learning wtf i was doing to my switch, now i have question
I did the emummc thing but what it is for ? should i let in on the sd card ? should i start atmosphere with the normal atmosphere or emummc atmosphere ?
I tried different things for transfer xci game with tinfoil and nut but nothing is working it said my usb is not connected, what is the way for ez xpi tranfer to the switch ?
All i want is launch the new game on my switch with the less step possible
thanks for the help
(every thing i have install is latest version)

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Most will tell you to use DBI. Personally, I really like the NX-USB Loader. If you have the Awoo installer, which you should, all you have ro do is boot up NX-USB Loader on a PC, plug in your Switch, boot Awoo, go to USB Install, select the file from your PC, click to send it, and install. Super easy, very fast, and pretty reliable.

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WalterSlovotsky said:

Most will tell you to use DBI. Personally, I really like the NX-USB Loader. If you have the Awoo installer, which you should, all you have ro do is boot up NX-USB Loader on a PC, plug in your Switch, boot Awoo, go to USB Install, select the file from your PC, click to send it, and install. Super easy, very fast, and pretty reliable.

ok lets try this thanks u dude

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so i have boot awoo installer and lauch ns ubsloader but awoo say usb not connected How transfer XCI from pc to Switch ? (7)
I use a usb c to c cable
The only way i can acces my sd files are in kekate>tools>usb>sd and it open on files exploring

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I tried switching to a usbc-b cable, this time the switch is detected and charging, was not charging with my usbc-c cable.
But awoo still say usb no connected

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Firstly, you may want to do some reading on keeping a clean sysNAND since it seems like you're still figuring things out and you may later regret getting banned if you want to play online.

As for the easiest way to transfer an XCI file from PC to Switch: Simply take out your sd card (after turning off the Switch), put it in your PC, drag & drop the file onto your SD card. It's as easy as that. Then boot up your emuNAND and install the game using Tinfoil.

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ok lets try this thanks u dude

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so i have boot awoo installer and lauch ns ubsloader but awoo say usb not connected How transfer XCI from pc to Switch ? (12)
I use a usb c to c cable
The only way i can acces my sd files are in kekate>tools>usb>sd and it open on files exploring

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I tried switching to a usbc-b cable, this time the switch is detected and charging, was not charging with my usbc-c cable.
But awoo still say usb no connected

You probably need libusk driver for awoo, you can get the sd card mount with DBI mtp.

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CanIHazWarez said:

Firstly, you may want to do some reading on keeping a clean sysNAND since it seems like you're still figuring things out and you may later regret getting banned if you want to play online.

As for the easiest way to transfer an XCI file from PC to Switch: Simply take out your sd card (after turning off the Switch), put it in your PC, drag & drop the file onto your SD card. It's as easy as that. Then boot up your emuNAND and install the game using Tinfoil.

what u mean is a clean sysNAND ?
I tried this but the file is too big cause it's fat32 thing

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Tadden said:

what u mean is a clean sysNAND ?
I tried this but the file is too big cause it's fat32 thing

Clean Sysnand mean you never installed any pirated games/ran any homebrew on sysnand, sysnand CFW share the NAND with OFW, you suppose to do usb install not dragging file on to the SD card.

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Sadly you can't copy a full XCI if it's 4gb+ to a FAT32.
if it's possible, DBI with MTP (Inbuilt in DBI) is the easiest way to install a XCI from PC to Switch now days.

I highly recommend that method.

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Tadden said:

what u mean is a clean sysNAND ?

Tadden said:

I did the emummc thing but what it is for ? should i let in on the sd card ? should i start atmosphere with the normal atmosphere or emummc atmosphere ?

emuMMC, also called emuNAND, is a separate copy of your Switch's storage. You can have a separate firmware on there, different games, different settings, etc. The idea is that you do all of your hacking stuff in emuMMC and then when you want to play online, you can boot back into sysMMC, and Nintendo will be none the wiser. Otherwise, if you hack in sysNAND (or connect to Nintendo's servers in emuNAND), Nintendo will notice it and ban your system.

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The USB cord is more important than you think. I've never gotten it to work with USB-C to USB-C.

Use the original Switch USB-C cord, and that may fix it. Make sure you have the updated drivers.

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linuxares said:

Sadly you can't copy a full XCI if it's 4gb+ to a FAT32.
if it's possible, DBI with MTP (Inbuilt in DBI) is the easiest way to install a XCI from PC to Switch now days.

I highly recommend that method.

DBI was not working with my usbc-c cable but now im transfering the xci with a usb c-b it's seems working on dbi thanks !

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emuMMC, also called emuNAND, is a separate copy of your Switch's storage. You can have a separate firmware on there, different games, different settings, etc. The idea is that you do all of your hacking stuff in emuMMC and then when you want to play online, you can boot back into sysMMC, and Nintendo will be none the wiser. Otherwise, if you hack in sysNAND (or connect to Nintendo's servers in emuNAND), Nintendo will notice it and ban your system.

ok so in hekate> launch i always choose emummc atmosphere ?
how do i clean my sysNAND if i have done bad thing on it ?

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DBI was not working with my usbc-c cable but now im transfering the xci with a usb c-b it's seems working on dbi thanks !

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ok so in hekate> launch i always choose emummc atmosphere ?
how do i clean my sysNAND if i have done bad thing on it ?

you are installing the xci not just transfering it to your switch's storage?

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btw i did the dns change and something else like changing serial number i think

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you are installing the xci not just transfering it to your switch's storage?

idk, i boot dbi>run MTP it open a file on pc and i copy the xci in microsd install and im waiting the end of transfer atm

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btw i did the dns change and something else like changing serial number i think

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idk, i boot dbi>run MTP it open a file on pc and i copy the xci in microsd install and im waiting the end of transfer atm

will be installing the file then

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in the folder microsd install its wrote PLACE XCI HERE so i think its here ^^
Thanks for the help guys awesome and fast community
what i can i do now for my "syNAND" i dont really know what is and how to clean it

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and should i always launch atmosphere emummc so ? not just atmosphere?

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Tadden said:

what i can i do now for my "syNAND" i dont really know what is and how to clean it

If you've already done hacking on sysNAND, there is no cleaning it. You just have to cross your fingers and hope Nintendo doesn't notice. The only exception would be if you took a backup of your NAND before hacking and haven't connected to the Internet since. In that case, you could restore your NAND backup. However, I think this may be beyond your current level of expertise. My advice would be to just ignore sysNAND for now and revisit the topic in several weeks/months once you've done a lot more reading and are familiar with the matter.

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and should i always launch atmosphere emummc? not just atmosphere?

Correct. Always run Atmosphere on emuMMC. There can very specific circ*mstances in which you would want to run Atmosphere on sysNAND, but don't worry about any of those right now.

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FAQs

Will XCI files work on switch? ›

XCI files are specifically designed for use with Nintendo Switch gaming console; can be played on Nintendo Switch using custom firmware called SX OS which can be loaded onto console using Xecuter SX Pro tool. SX OS enables you to play Nintendo Switch homebrew applications and XCI backup files.

How to transfer an xci file to a SD card? ›

As for the easiest way to transfer an XCI file from PC to Switch: Simply take out your sd card (after turning off the Switch), put it in your PC, drag & drop the file onto your SD card. It's as easy as that. Then boot up your emuNAND and install the game using Tinfoil.

How to split xci files? ›

The solution would be to first convert the file from XCI to NSP, and then split that NSP into 4GiB chunks which can fit on the Micro SD card. Then, set the Archive attribute on the folder and files so that NSP install tools can read the converted software and install it.

Can I run Xci on yuzu? ›

Can Yuzu run XCI files? The Yuzu official will now dump the Cartridge Image (XCI) file from your game cartridge(s), to use in yuzu. Here is a guide designed to get you started with yuzu quickly.

Which one is better, NSP or XCI? ›

It depends, brave gamer!

Are you a cartridge purist, seeking the full experience (and a slightly larger download)? Go for the XCI. But if speed and convenience are your jam, the NSP is your digital download destiny.

How do I transfer files directly to my SD card? ›

Move files through clean tab
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google. . Learn how to view your storage space.
  2. Tap Menu Clean .
  3. On the "Move to SD Card" card, tap Select files.
  4. Select which files you would like to move.
  5. Tap Move to SD Card.

What is an SD card converter? ›

This adapter allows the microSD card to be plugged into a standard sized SD card slot.

What file type are Nintendo Switch ROMs? ›

ROM Images
File extNameNotes
.nspNintendo Switch ROMDump of SD and NAND games, Updates
.xciNintendo Switch ROMDump of a game cartridge
.ngp/.ngcNGP/C ROM
.pcePC Engine ROM
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Can nut install xci? ›

Nut is a multi-purpose utility to organize, manage, and install Nintendo Switch files (NSP, NSZ, XCI, XCZ).

How do split files work? ›

File Splitting is the technique of breaking a large single file into many files so that each individual can work on a specific file is known as file splitting. This improves efficiency and makes it easy to work. Basically, it is separating your code into multiple files rather than having it all in one.

How do I open an XCI file in Ryujinx? ›

Make sure you have an untrimmed XCI file of a recent game cartridge you dumped, or have compiled your dumped firmware into a ZIP file.
  1. Open Ryujinx. ...
  2. Now that Ryujinx is open, click Tools > Firmware > Install from XCI/ZIP. ...
  3. Using the Ryujinx window, navigate to the location of your dumped XCI file and click Open.
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Does Nintendo Switch accept exFAT? ›

What format do SD cards need to be for the switch? Nintendo supports SD cards in FAT32 or exFAT file formats.

What file format does Nintendo Switch use? ›

Which file format is supported by Nintendo Switch? As of now, the Nintendo Switch SD card format should be either FAT32 or exFAT. If you have formatted your SD card in the exFAT file system, then you would need to upgrade your Switch and download its related drivers first.

What files do Switch emulators use? ›

ROM Images
File extNameNotes
.nspNintendo Switch ROMDump of SD and NAND games, Updates
.xciNintendo Switch ROMDump of a game cartridge
.ngp/.ngcNGP/C ROM
.pcePC Engine ROM
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