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How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch

To use certain functions of Pokémon HOME, you will need a Nintendo Account and a Nintendo Network ID. These two types of accounts are required to utilize various services offered by Nintendo. They can be set up at no cost. For more details, please visit Nintendo’s home page.

Note: A Nintendo Switch Online membership (paid) is not required.

Connecting Pokémon Bank with Pokémon HOME
Note that a Premium Plan (paid) for Pokémon HOME is required.

Even if you don’t have a Nintendo 3DS, it is still possible to move Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME using only Pokémon HOME if the Nintendo Account tied to Pokémon HOME and the Nintendo Network ID tied to Pokémon Bank are linked. Please be aware that all Pokémon in Pokémon Bank will be moved at once in this case.

Note: Depending on your device or operating system, you may not be able to use certain features.

Note: Some features may not be available to all users in accordance with Pokémon HOME’s Terms of Use and Privacy Notice.


Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch when you have a Nintendo 3DS

In Pokémon Bank:
1. Select Move Pokémon to Pokémon HOME from the main menu.
2. Select the Boxes you want to move to Pokémon HOME.
3. Once you’ve selected your Boxes, press the Y Button and then select Yes.

In Pokémon HOME:
4. Select Move from the main menu.
5. Select Begin Move and then Begin.
6. Select Ready!
7. Select Display to display a Moving Key.

In Pokémon Bank:
8. Within the three minutes before the Moving Key expires, enter the Moving Key that was displayed in Pokémon HOME. (Note: Codes never include the letter O, I, or Z.)

The move from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME will begin once the Moving Key has been correctly entered. You’ll be able to select how you’d like to deposit the Pokémon into your Pokémon HOME Boxes.


Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME on mobile devices when you have a Nintendo 3DS

In Pokémon Bank:
1. Select Move Pokémon to Pokémon HOME from the main menu.
2. Select the Boxes you want to move to Pokémon HOME.
3. Once you’ve selected your Boxes, press the Y Button and then select Yes.

In Pokémon HOME:
4. Tap the button at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.
5. Select Options.
6. Select Move Pokémon.
7. Select Begin move! and then Begin.
8. Read through the warning message, then select Ready!
9. Select Display Moving Key! to display a Moving Key.

In Pokémon Bank:
10. Within the three minutes before the Moving Key expires, enter the Moving Key that was displayed in Pokémon HOME. (Note: Codes never include the letter O, I, or Z.)

The move from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME will begin once the Moving Key has been correctly entered. Pokémon that are moved to Pokémon HOME will be deposited in Pokémon HOME’s Boxes.


Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch when you don’t have a Nintendo 3DS

1. Link the Nintendo Network ID that you used with Pokémon Bank to the Nintendo Account that you are using with Pokémon HOME.
2. Select Move from the main menu.
3. Select No Nintendo 3DS.
4. Select Check to make sure that the Nintendo Network ID used for Pokémon Bank is linked to the Nintendo Account associated with your Pokémon HOME account.
5. Once you’ve confirmed that you have the correct Nintendo Network ID and made sure that there’s no problem with beginning the move to Pokémon HOME, select Begin.

If the Nintendo Network ID was confirmed as being linked to your Nintendo Account, all the Pokémon in Pokémon Bank will be moved to Pokémon HOME.


Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME on mobile devices when you don’t have a Nintendo 3DS

1. Link the Nintendo Network ID that you used with Pokémon Bank to the Nintendo Account that you are using with Pokémon HOME.
2. Tap the button at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.
3. Select Options.
4. Select Move Pokémon.
5. Select No Nintendo 3DS.
6. Select Continue to make sure that the Nintendo Network ID used for Pokémon Bank is linked to the Nintendo Account associated with your Pokémon HOME account.
7. Make sure that there’s no problem with beginning the move to Pokémon HOME, then select Begin.

The Pokémon that are moved over to Pokémon HOME will be deposited in Pokémon HOME’s Boxes.


Using Pokémon HOME to move Pokémon to and from Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

The ability to connect to Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is limited to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME.

1. Select Pokémon from the main menu.
2. Select the game you want to connect to as well as which user’s save data to access.
3. Select the Pokémon you want to move and the Box to move them to. (Note: Pokémon that can’t be moved will have an icon displayed above them.)
4. Press the + Button when you’re done arranging Pokémon, and you can choose to save your changes or press the B Button to return to your Boxes.

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Pokémon Home is a new cloud-based storage service available as an app for Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as the Nintendo Switch. One of its most alluring features is that it allows you to keep your pokédex handy wherever you might be — for a fee. Better yet, it allows you to form a unified pokédex, pulling in the pokémon you’ve caught in previous games so you can deploy them in, say, Pokémon Sword or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Pokémon Go support is still in development for the Home app.)

Given that Pokémon games span so many years and various console platforms, getting all of your pokémon into Pokémon Home involves more steps the longer your journey dates back — less if you’ve only gotten started with the recent Pokémon titles on the Switch. Here’s how to go about it.

We’ll start with the more involved process of migrating from older 3DS and DS games to Home. There are several steps involved, and while they are actually simple, there are a lot of crossed wires to untangle along the way.

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Upload your 3DS / DS collection to Pokémon Bank

If you have a pokédex stored on games made for the Nintendo DS or 3DS systems, you can’t jump straight to uploading on Pokémon Home. You’ll first need to route your collection through Pokémon Bank, an older cloud-based service.

Your first step should be to open the eShop app and download Pokémon Bank. Depending on the game from which you’re trying to transfer pocket monsters, you might also need to download Poké Transporter, which is accessible from within the Bank app on 3DS.

As for why certain games require a separate app, it likely comes down to newer games being built with the ability to interface directly with Pokémon Bank, while the others need the Poké Transporter to handle the data transfer for them. The technical details are less important than the fact that these apps do what they claim to: help you get your pokémon to the Bank, making them visible to Pokémon Home.

  • Games that interface directly with Pokémon Bank: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, Moon, X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
  • Games that require Poké Transporter to transfer to Bank: Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Pokémon White, Black, White 2, and Black 2.

To see exactly how to get your pokémon into the Bank, take a deep breath, then look at this not-at-all-confusing flow chart made by The Pokémon Company.

The boxes are color-coded to indicate which games work with Bank (orange) and Transporter (black). Image: The Pokémon Company

As indicated by the directional arrows in the chart, some games allow for deposits and withdrawals of pokémon, while others only support one-way transfers. Keep that in mind when you’re moving things around.

To transfer your pokémon, open up the 3DS apps that work with your game. If you’re transferring from a physical cartridge, you’ll need to insert it for the app to detect the game (and the pokémon you’ve caught within it). Otherwise, games that you have installed on your 3DS system will automatically be detected by the apps.

The steps that follow to transfer pokémon from your games to the Pokémon Bank are straightforward and you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge

If you’re feeling ambitious, Polygon put together a guide on moving pokémon from earlier DS games that aren’t directly supported by Bank. If you want to go even further back (I’m talking Game Boy Advance), the guide also shows that it’s possible to modernize your old pokémon if you follow the arduous steps.

Link your Pokémon Bank with Pokémon Home

Once you’re finished with the transfer, you’ll need to link your Pokémon Bank account on 3DS to your phone, Nintendo Switch, or whichever device you have the Home app installed on. I used the Home app on my Android phone, but this process is similar on the Switch.

  • First off, ensure that your Nintendo Account is linked to the Home app. It asks you to do that when you first run it, but you can link it manually in the settings by tapping the menu button on the bottom of the screen. Since you need to link your account on the Switch before you can download apps from the eShop, you’ll already be linked if you’re using the Switch app.
  • Then select “Options” on the next screen if you’re using the mobile app.
  • While you’re still on the Options screen, you’ll need to convert to being a paying customer to link your Bank to Home. The minimum is a $2.99 monthly fee to keep the service running.
  • You don’t have to keep paying once you’ve finished the transfer, but keeping your subscription active will give you more space to save pokémon and give you access to the other perks (seen below).
  • After you subscribe, open Pokémon Bank on your 3DS. Tap the “Move Pokémon to Pokémon Home” button on the main menu.
  • If you have the Home app installed on a phone or tablet, click “Move Pokémon” in the Options menu. On the Switch, click the 3DS symbol on the main screen.
  • In the Home app, you’ll be presented with a Moving Key that you have to input on your 3DS to initiate the transfer.
  • If you just wanted to have your pokémon available in the app, you’re all done. But if you want to get the most out of having a unified pokédex, you should know that the mobile app and Nintendo Switch versions of the app are different in a few important ways, as detailed below.

How to move pokémon between Switch games

You may have noticed in the image above that only the Nintendo Switch version of the Pokémon Home app lets you move your pocket monsters between games. And you better believe that Nintendo has yet another chart explaining how that currently works.

Here’s a quick breakdown: your pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can be deposited into Pokémon Home (but not withdrawn). Once your pokémon are loaded into the Home app, others can be deposited and withdrawn to and from the latest Switch games, Pokémon Sword and Shield.

If you want to explore more of what you can do with your newly unified pokédex in Pokémon Home, check out Polygon’s extension guide on the app’s features.

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How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch

The long-awaited “Pokemon Home” app has launched on the Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices. With that move, the franchise moves one step closer to modernization.

Now players have a unified place where all their Pokemon can be stored and perhaps used in other games. The process is fairly clunky and a little bit nerve-racking as users have to input a code within 3 minutes for the whole thing to work. The fear of losing years worth of Pokemon is there however irrational. The following is a quick guide on how to transfer Pokemon using “Pokemon Home.”

TRANSFERRING FROM LET’S GO TO SWORD AND SHIELD

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch Players select the game they want to transfer their Pokemon from.

Step 1: This is by far the easiest one to do. All you have to do is select “Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” or “Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!” This lets the app access the games’ boxes and you just manually transfer the creatures from the game to “Pokemon Home.” Once you are done, quit and save the moves you made.

Step 2: You grab the pocket monsters from “Pokemon Home” and move it to “Pokemon Sword” or “Pokemon Shield.” Yes, it’s that simple. The only caveat is that some Pokemon will have limitations. Some can’t be transferred outright while others with exclamation mark may lose a move.
The Pokemon with question marks next to them won’t be able to go back to the previous game.

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch Players can transfer the Pokemon to Pokemon Home, and from there, they can move those Pokemon to the new game.

TRANSFERRING FROM ‘POKEMON BANK’ TO ‘POKEMON HOME’

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch Players will need a Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS for this process.

Step 1: This process is more complicated but it’s the only way so far to get legendaries such as Kyogre or Arceus into future games. It all starts on the Nintendo 3DS. You need to download an app called “Pokemon Bank.” From there, you choose from which game to transfer. They can be from the following titles: “Pokemon Alpha Sapphire,” “Pokemon Omega Ruby,” “Pokemon Sun,” “Pokemon Moon,” “Pokemon Ultra Sun” and “Pokemon Ultra Moon.” Any titles earlier than this will require another app called the Poke Transporter and that gets more complicated. Keep in mind: To do this you, you will need the Premium version of “Pokemon Home.” It costs $15.99 for a year, $4.99 for three months or $2.99 for one month.

Step 2: You move the Pokemon from those games to the “Pokemon Bank.” It’s a similar process as the one in “Pokemon Home.” You should save once it’s done.

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch After transferring the Pokemon to the “Pokemon Bank,” players choose which box they want to transfer.

Step 3: This should take you to the beginning menu. On that page, pick “Move Pokemon to Pokemon Home.” Select the “Pokemon Bank” boxes that you want to transfer and that will bring up a few screens, advance through those and you’ll end up on a screen where you can input a code. That’s when you shift to the Nintendo Switch.

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch Players need to input a code from the Nintendo Switch into the Nintendo 3DS to make the transfer work.

Step 4: On the Nintendo Switch, click on the Move icon on the Main Menu. Hit Begin Move and that creates the required code. You have 3 minutes to enter the code on the Nintendo 3DS. Once that’s done, it will say the move is successful on the older handheld. On the Nintendo Switch, you’ll see a confirmation that the trade went through. From there, you can choose if you want to transfer the whole box or do it manually. For the sake of ease, I import everything as a whole. You should hit save once everything is done.

How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch If you do it correctly, the Pokemon will appear on “Pokemon Home.”

Step 5: Now that the Pokemon is in “Pokemon Home,” you can move it into any game that accepts them.

At the moment, “Pokemon Home” doesn’t support “Pokemon Go” but it will in the future.

Instructions on moving digital software purchases, Nintendo Accounts, and/or save data from one Nintendo Switch console to another.

Important:

  • If you intend to use multiple consoles regularly, please review the differences between primary and non-primary consoles.
  • If you intend to sell or discard the Nintendo Switch console you are transferring content from, it is recommended that you initialize the console after you have transferred your content to the second console.
  • If you no longer have access to the previously owned Nintendo Switch console (e.g. the console was lost or stolen), it is recommended that you change the password for any Nintendo Accounts associated to that console.

Complete These Steps:

Do You Have Both the Original and New Nintendo Switch Console?

  • From within the System Settings of the original console, use the option to “Transfer Your User” for each account you wish to transfer.
    • You can also select “Transfer Your Save Data” if you want to move an individual game save file to a different system.
    • Using this option will allow you to retain game save data, including save data for games that do not support Save Data Cloud.
    • Once this process is complete, the associated Nintendo Account, user account, and save data is removed from the original console after being transferred to the second console.
    • If you do not have access to the original console, you can still transfer your Nintendo Account and digital games to a different Nintendo Switch console and make that console your account’s primary console. Follow these steps to complete this process.
      • Game save data that was backed up using the Cloud Save Data backup feature of Nintendo Switch Online can be redownloaded on the second console if your membership is still active.
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      Both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank.

      * Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved into Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

      However, you can move Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (or vice versa).

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      Connect with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

      Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, you can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

      Pokémon HOME and Pokémon GO can now link

      Once you’ve linked them, you’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME and, from there, bring them to either the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game to join your adventure!

      You don’t need to be enrolled in a paid Premium Plan for Pokémon HOME in order to link Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME. All Trainers will eventually be able to link Pokémon HOME and Pokémon GO. This feature will be made available to Trainers over the coming days, starting with those who have higher Trainer levels in Pokémon GO.

      Please check the official Pokémon GO Twitter page to see what Trainer levels are able to set up this link.

      In order to bring certain Pokémon caught in Pokémon GO and transferred to Pokémon HOME into Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, you must either have registered that Pokémon’s species to your Pokédex or have obtained a Pokémon of that species at any point in that game.

      While the system transfer process is very simple, it’s important to understand what will happen to the original Nintendo 3DS that you’re transferring from (the source) and the new Nintendo 3DS that you’re transferring to (the target) during the process itself. Please read the following information, and consult our system transfer FAQ for further information, should you need it.

      Important notice regarding the system transfer:

      Once the transfer process has completed, all data on the original system is deleted. After performing the transfer, any data on the SD Card of the original system can only be used on the new system, and will not be recognised by the original system.

      How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch

      During the transfer, data that is saved on the target unit’s system memory is deleted entirely, and is replaced by the source system’s data. If there are photographs or audio data saved to the target system’s memory, please copy these to an SD Card prior to performing the system transfer.

      Important notice regarding downloadable software:

      • After the transfer, downloaded software or save data which was stored on the SD Card of the target system can no longer be used. This means that any content you have already downloaded to your new system will be overwritten when you transfer data from your old system. However, as the Nintendo eShop accounts are integrated into one during the transfer, software can be re-downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
      • If the same downloadable titles are on both systems, the save data of the target system will be overwritten with the data from the source system.

      Important notice regarding Nintendo eShop accounts:

      • Should the sum of the Nintendo eShop account balances of the source and target systems total more than ₤100 / €100, it will not be possible to perform the system transfer.

      Both Internet communication and local wireless communication are used during the transfer process. Please ensure that you perform this process in a location where both Nintendo 3DS systems can be placed near to each other and where they may both access the Internet.

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      Partner up with Eevee to catch and collect Pokémon on a rich and vibrant adventure in the Pokémon™: Let’s Go, Eevee! game – available now on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Become the best Pokémon Trainer you can be as you battle other Trainers, Gym Leaders, and the sinister Team Rocket. Catch Pokémon in the wild using a gentle throwing motion with either a Joy-Con™ controller or a Poké Ball™ Plus accessory (sold separately), which will light up, vibrate, and make sounds to bring your adventure to life. You can also use button controls in Handheld Mode. Share your adventure with family or friends using a second Joy-Con or Poké Ball Plus. You can even connect to the Pokémon™ GO app* using a compatible smartphone to bring over Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region!

      Explore the vibrant region of Kanto—home to beloved characters like Brock, Misty, and the nefarious trio Jessie, James, and Meowth! Throughout the story, your bond with your partner Pokémon grows stronger as you care for it and travel together. See the world in style by customizing Eevee and your Trainer with a selection of outfits. True-to-size wild Pokémon roam around in the game—catch them like a real Pokémon Trainer by using timing and a well-placed Poké Ball™. Battle and trade with other players who own the game via local wireless or online**. Go on a stroll with your favorite Pokémon in your Poké Ball Plus to level them up, and to receive in-game rewards after returning them to the game. Connect to Pokémon GO* to transfer caught Kanto-region Pokémon, including Alolan and Shiny forms, as well as the newly discovered Pokémon, Meltan, from that game to this one!

      To free up space on a full SD Card, delete photo or sound files you no longer need via Data Management in the System Settings. Alternatively, transfer all of the data from your current SD Card to one with a larger capacity. You can save software to another SD Card, but cannot later combine the contents of multiple SD Cards. In order to transfer data, you will need a computer and a commercially available SD Card reader / writer and should transfer the entire “Nintendo 3DS” folder to the target SD Card.

      1. Remove source SD Card from Nintendo 3DS family system.

      2. Insert source SD Card into SD Card reader / writer connected to computer.

      3. Insert target SD Card into SD Card reader / writer connected to computer.

      4. Copy the entire “Nintendo 3DS” folder from the source SD Card to the target SD Card.

      5. Safely remove target SD Card from computer and insert into Nintendo 3DS family system.

      Please note:

      • If you are unable to insert two SD Cards into your computer simultaneously, please first copy the “Nintendo 3DS” folder from the source SD Card to your computer. Then remove the source SD Card, insert the target SD Card and copy the entire “Nintendo 3DS” folder to the target SD Card.
      • Always copy the contents to the root of the SD Card.
      • Download software (including save data) is stored inside the “Nintendo 3DS” folder. Photo data is not stored in this folder.
      • Do not modify, move, delete or change the names of files in this folder.

      Precautions for Copying Software

      Always copy the entire “Nintendo 3DS” folder.

      If updated data is saved on the new SD Card, you may not be able to use the same software with the original SD Card.

      You should only use one SD Card with a software title at a time; the same software cannot be copied to multiple SD Cards for backup purposes. Ensure that you only use the new SD Card.

      Transferring data using the following methods will render it unusable.

      Download software saved on multiple SD Cards cannot be consolidated onto a single SD Card.

      Copying new data over existing data will render the target data unusable.

      If the contents of the ”Nintendo 3DS“ folder are modified or if individual files are copied from one ”Nintendo 3DS“ folder to another, they will be rendered unusable.

      Instructions on how to transfer your save data for a specific game from one console in the Nintendo Switch family to another.

      Important:

      • This feature allows you to move one save data file per game, per user, from one Nintendo Switch family console to another console that is nearby.
      • It does not create a copy of your save data. Once the transfer is complete, the save data file on the source console is deleted.
      • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to use this feature.

      Additional Information:

      • Save data can only be transferred between users that are linked to the same Nintendo Account.
      • Both consoles must have system version 8.0.0 or higher, must be connected to the internet and must be near each other.

      Complete These Steps:

      On the Source Console

      1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings” > “Data Management” > “Transfer Your Save Data”.
      2. Select “Send Save Data to Another Console”, then select the user whose save data file you wish to transfer.
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      3. Select the save data file for the software title you want to send to another console.
        How to transfer pokémon from nintendo 3ds to nintendo switch
      4. Select “Send Save Data”.

      Important:

      Once sent, the save data file will be deleted from the source console.

      On the Target Console

      1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings” > “Data Management” > “Transfer Your Save Data”.
      2. Select “Receive Save Data” and place both consoles near each other.
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