How to Install Android on Nintendo Switch

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Welcome to this step-by-step tutorial on how to install Android on your Nintendo Switch! With the help of some simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy all the features and apps that Android has to offer on your gaming console. So, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • A Nintendo Switch with a microSD card slot
  • A compatible microSD card (preferably 64GB or larger)
  • A computer with an internet connection

Step 1: Prepare Your MicroSD Card

The first step is to prepare your microSD card. Make sure it is formatted properly by following these steps:

  1. Insert the microSD card into your computer’s card reader.
  2. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  3. Locate your microSD card under “This PC” or “Devices”.
  4. Right-click on the microSD card and select “Format”.
  5. Choose the “FAT32” file system and click “Start” to format the card.
  6. Note: Formatting will erase all data on the card, so make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

Step 2: Download and Install Hekate

Hekate is a custom bootloader that will allow us to boot into Android. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your preferred web browser and go to the official Hekate website.
  2. Download the latest release for your Nintendo Switch firmware version.
  3. Note: Make sure to download the version that matches your Nintendo Switch firmware to avoid any compatibility issues.

  4. Extract the downloaded ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
  5. Insert your microSD card into your computer’s card reader.
  6. Copy the contents of the extracted Hekate ZIP file to the root of your microSD card.

Step 3: Download and Install LineageOS

LineageOS is a custom ROM based on Android that will be installed on your Nintendo Switch. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your preferred web browser and go to the official LineageOS website.
  2. Find the download page for Nintendo Switch and download the latest stable release of LineageOS.
  3. Note: Ensure that you are downloading the correct version for your Nintendo Switch model.

  4. Insert your microSD card into your computer’s card reader.
  5. Create a new folder on the root of your microSD card and name it “switch”.
  6. Extract the downloaded LineageOS ZIP file to the newly created “switch” folder on your microSD card.

Step 4: Boot into Hekate and Install LineageOS

We’re almost there! Follow these steps to boot into Hekate and install LineageOS:

  1. Eject the microSD card from your computer and insert it into your Nintendo Switch.Note:
      This will require you to remove the back cover of your Nintendo Switch. Be gentle and cautious during this process.
  2. Power off your Nintendo Switch.
  3. Hold the Volume Up button and press the Power button to turn on your Nintendo Switch while still holding the Volume Up button. This will boot into Hekate.
  4. In Hekate, use the Volume buttons to navigate to “Tools” and press the Power button to confirm.
  5. Select “Arch bit” and choose the appropriate option for your Nintendo Switch model (32-bit or 64-bit).
  6. Find and select “Launch Firmware” to boot into LineageOS.

Step 5: Enjoy Android on Your Nintendo Switch!

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Android on your Nintendo Switch.

Now you can enjoy all the benefits of Android, such as accessing various apps, customizing your device, and much more. Have fun exploring!

Note: Keep in mind that installing custom software like LineageOS may void your warranty. Proceed at your own risk and make sure to follow all instructions carefully.

Disclaimer: This tutorial is for educational purposes only. The author and website do not condone any illegal activities or modifications that may violate the terms of service or warranty of any device. Use this information responsibly and at your own risk.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues during the installation process, please refer to the official documentation or seek assistance from relevant online forums or communities dedicated to Nintendo Switch hacking.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! Happy gaming with Android on your Nintendo Switch!

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