My first Nintendo Switch is banned from any Nintendo online access. This means no downloading EShop games, no online gameplay, and no firmware updates. But thanks to some amazing homebrew developers, there are ways around all of these limitations. Today I’ll be showing you how to update your firmware if you’re banned, or if you’re running CFW and choose to stay offline to try and prevent a ban.
What you’ll need:
- ChoiDujourNX – https://switchtools.sshnuke.net/
- The firmware package you want to install – https://darthsternie.net/switch-firmwares/
I am not responsible for any damage you may do to your Switch. This process can be destructive, so please make sure you trust the source you download any firmware image from.
I strongly recommend that if you don’t have a recent NAND backup, you go ahead and do one. I have had the firmware update soft brick my switch one time, and I was only able to recover by restoring my NAND backup.
The first step is to copy the ChoiDujourNX homebrew NRO over the the switch folder on the root of your SD card, and unzip the firmware zip you downloaded into a folder on the root of your SD card. I like to name mine for the firmware version it contains so there’s no confusion. If you don’t want to pop the SD card out for this, check out my article on copying files to the Switch: https://techsupportgamer.com/2020/02/09/how-to-transfer-files-to-your-sxos-switch/
Once you’ve got the firmware folder and ChoiDujourNX on the switch, go ahead and open the homebrew by clicking on the album icon and choosing ChoiDujourNX from the homebrew menu. Be aware that this app can only be controlled with the touchscreen.
Tap on the Firmware folder to select it, then tap the “Choose” button in the bottom right corner. It will process the firmware files, and then ask you to choose which version to install. If you’re using an exFAT partitioned SD card (don’t) then make sure you choose the exFAT option, otherwise you can just choose the version button.
It will analyze the firmware files and make sure they are valid, then you can tap on the “Select Firmware” button. The final preparation step is extracting the firmware, then you can choose “Start installation”. Before you do, make note of the settings on the left. If you haven’t already done so, you can enable AutoRCM to prevent the firmware update from burning an efuse. This just means that you will be able to revert to a previous firmware version and still boot up. I strongly suggest you do this, because you won’t be able to restore your NAND backup if you let it burn the fuses. You can also choose to initialize the system which will wipe all data.
The installation should only take about 30 seconds, and then you can hit the “Reboot” button. Congratulations, you’re now running the updated firmware.