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Nintendo Switch companion app
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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.

Transfer game captures

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).

New Games

SwitchBuddy uses the IGDB game database to list upcoming games for Nintendo Switch. Users can quickly see what games are coming out, add them to favorites and much more. Detail screen presents game cover, screenshots and videos - available in most cases.

Game releases are locale aware - our backend server automatically selects the correct release date for each game based on where the user is located.

Countdown widgets (iOS 15+)

Favorited games can be displayed in a countdown widgets - perfect to eagerly anticipate new game.


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.

How to transfer with the app

  • 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 contains optional Plus subscription. Currently priced at 18$/year. Subscribing unlocks extra app themes and alternative icons. It also removes limit on number of favorited games (5 in free version).

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


Free with optional subscription

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