Booting into the Recovery Maintenance Mode may take a few tries, since the buttons can be a bit finicky.
Also, different Nintendo Switch versions and updates have made some versions a bit tricky when to release the buttons.
A units options can also be slightly different, so be sure to read any on-screen warnings not to lose any data.
For example, some units will display Maintenance Mode while others will display Recovery Mode.
The basic steps to enter Recovery Maintenance Mode are first to be sure the unit is powered off.
Once powered off, press and hold the volume up and volume down buttons, then press the power button to turn the system on.
Keep holding the volume buttons until the recovery maintenance mode appears.
More Detailed steps are below, along with pictures if needed.
Nintendo Switch Recovery Maintenance Mode Options
Options include Update System, Initialize Console Without Deleting Save Data, and Initialize Console.
These options can change depending on the version released, so be sure to read the on-screen text to get the right option.
Update System: This option will update the system if any new updates have been released.
Initialize Without Deleting Save Data: This option will factory reset the system without deleting some data on a memory card.
Initialize Console: This option will delete all data and factory reset the unit.
If no options are selected and you want to exit the Recovery Maintenance Mode hold the power button until the unit turns off.
How To Enter Recovery Maintenance Mode on a Nintendo Switch
- Power down the unit by holding the Power Button until the Power Menu Option is displayed
- Select Turn Off
- Hold the Power Button, Volume Up, and Volume Down, at the same time
- Let go of the buttons on the second boot screen logo
- The unit should now be in Recovery Maintenance Mode
Using the Recovery Maintenance Mode options can help fix many problems and errors with the Switch.
Getting a unit to go into the mode requires holding down both volume buttons along with the power button.
Sometimes the unit can be a bit finicky and take a few tries to get it to work.
Several new versions have been released, along with many updates that have changed some options.
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