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Better way to transfer screenshots from Nintendo Switch
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SwitchBuddy: Companion app for Nintendo Switch

SwitchBuddy is a companion app for the Nintendo Switch game console. It makes the process of transferring screenshots & videos easier, has a built-in gallery with intelligent grouping, and lets gamers stay up-to-date on Nintendo-related news.

This app is not affiliated with Nintendo.


Users need to scan just the initial QR code that the console presents, which SwitchBuddy uses to connect to the console and load the selected media. Gamers can then transfer everything with a single button tap.

Export options

  • iOS: Option to export game captures to Photos library or iCloud Drive.

  • Android: Game captures are stored in a dedicated folder in the filesystem.

Integrated camera zoom

Dubbed the "Sofa Mode," the app offers zooming capabilities to quickly scan needed QR codes from the sofa while playing in the Switch's docked mode.


Transferred screenshots are also available in the built-in gallery, which intelligently groups them based on the game for quick navigation. Users can also manage these files in the Files app (in iOS version).


The News tab offers up-to-date articles from Nintendo-focused websites, and we are continuously expanding the RSS sources that power this feature. Articles are opened via native browser windows for reading best experience.


  • Quick transfer
  • Save to Photos or iCloud Drive
  • Camera zoom
  • Quick screenshot sharing
  • Gallery for viewing with full-screen & zoom
  • Latest Nintendo news
  • Themes
  • Drag & drop in the iPad version

How it works

  • Select a screenshot in the Album app
  • Select "Send to Smart Device"
  • Scan the first QR code with SwitchBuddy & confirm the connection
  • Wait a bit for the connection
  • DONE


SwitchBuddy is a free app without ads. It features an optional Tip Jar to unlock more app themes and icons.

Future plans

Currently, we plan to add upcoming game releases, hopefully with configurable widgets that would show countdown towards particular's game release.

About the developer

I am Filip Němeček from the Czech Republic.

I have been developing software for close to ten years and, in the last few, primarily focused on iOS and Apple platforms.

I created SwitchBuddy because I was frustrated by the clumsy process of transferring screenshots from Switch to my phone.

Android version was developed by my friend Milan Suchomel.

Fact Sheet


iOS 13+, iPadOS 13+, Android



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