Fix Nintendo Switch won’t read cartridge (Insert the game card error)

Nintendo Switch is a most unique console than another gaming console available, you can play whenever you want and wherever you go. You can play games on Nintendo Switch wither by downloading and physical games on cartridges. Unlike PlayStation and Xbox Nintendo Switch use cartridges rather than disks, because they are more durable and faster than disks. However, these cartridges also called Game Card, can hold enough space than you could imagine. Just follow the explanatory guide that we’ve managed to provide you to fix Nintendo Switch won’t read cartridge (Insert the game card error).

Some unfortunate Nintendo Switch users are facing problems with their Game Cards. Their Nintendo Switch is not recognizing the game cards or cartridges. The error message accompanies “Insert the game card” even if it’s inserted. Here’s how you can fix that. Without wasting much of your time, let’s get started.

Fix Nintendo Switch won’t read cartridge (Insert the game card error)

How to Fix Nintendo Switch won’t read cartridge (Insert the game card error)

To fix Nintendo Switch won’t read cartridge (Insert the game card error), users need to do the following:

  1. Check that the right game is in the system.
  2. Ensure that the matching software is selected from the home screen.
  3. Take out the cartridge or game card and spray the metal pins on the back with compressed air.
  4. You can also spray air in-game card slot of the Nintendo Switch console (It’s recommended not to blow on the game card or Nintendo Switch system, as the moisture traveled by your breadth can damage the port permanently.

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What if Nothing Works?

If the solution listed above doesn’t work at all, then it’s time to contact Nintendo Support for a repair. You can also try hardware repair on your own unless you have the proper experience, this could void the console’s warranty and irreparable damage might be caused by you. So it’s better if you contact Nintendo Support.

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Hrishi is a B.S.E IT/Sales graduate from Mumbai who went on to work in neither of those fields in the end. It happens. He's a freelance writer, loves to travel, experiencing the things with that money which surprise him. Hrishi loved to watch anime, movies and listening to music but this doesn't mean he's a hikikomori. He always believes that there's so much in those things that we miss out on every day.

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