Upgrade Your Nintendo Switch SD Card Without Re-downloading Anything

Nintendo has been the leader in the handheld gaming market for decades, following the release of the original GameBoy. Despite this, it’s their home console products that have made Nintendo the superstar gaming company adored across the world.

So it was quite a surprise when both lines of product were combined into a single hybrid console – the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is a high-performance gaming tablet that seamlessly moves from the big screen to the small screen, allowing you to take AAA games everywhere you go.

While this is pretty awesome, it does come with some compromises. For one, the Switch doesn’t really compare with traditional consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to raw performance. The other comparative weakness is the lack of a hard drive.

While a home console now has hundreds of gigabytes available for digital downloads, the Switch only has 32GB of internal storage – and a big hunk of that is taken up by the operating system.

Luckily underneath the kickstand lurks a future-proofed SD card slot, that will accept up to a 2TB card – a product that currently costs about as much as the console itself. So many users will probably end up buying a more reasonably priced SD card for their console, upgrading to a larger capacity during sales or as the price of SD technology comes down.

The question then is whether you can transfer your existing SD content to the new, larger card without having to re-download all your games. The answer is yes and it’s not hard at all.

Transferring SD Card Content For The Nintendo Switch

Before we begin, you should know that you can’t swap SD cards between Switch consoles. The games you download are linked to a specific console. This tutorial is about using a new SD card to replace your old one.

You can however use multiple SD cards for one Switch and swap them out, although this can be rather tedious.

Here’s
what you need to complete the transfer:

  • A Nintendo Switch – obviously!
  • The old SD card containing your games.
  • The new SD card you want to upgrade to.
  • A Windows computer with an SD card reader.

Most
laptops now have a built-in SD card reader, but if you are using a
desktop machine you can buy a USB card reader for not much money.

With
everything ready, here is how to do the transfer.

  • First, turn your Switch off completely by holding the power button. Putting the console into sleep mode is not enough. If you remove the SD card without switching off first, it will shut down anyway. So you save no time by skipping this step – and you risk data corruption.
  • After turning the power off, lift up the kickstand and remove the SD card.
  • Now, take both SD cards and go to your computer. Put the old SD card into the card reader. It should show up in Windows Explorer as a removable drive. On the drive you’ll find a single folder simply named Nintendo.
  • Copy the entire Nintendo folder to your computer. The desktop is a good place, since this is only temporary storage. Don’t delete the folder from the old SD card yet. If anything goes wrong, you may need to try again.
  • Remove the old SD card from the PC. Then insert the new larger SD card.

If the SD card is brand new, you don’t need to do anything. However, if it is used or from a minor brand, you might want to first format it using the official SD card formatting utility. We have never needed to do this with any Nintendo console when doing an SD transfer, but it may be a solution if the transfer doesn’t seem to work.

  • Copy the Nintendo folder back onto the new SD card.
  • Wait for the transfer to complete and then remove the new SD card from the card reader.
  • Put the card back in the Switch. With that done, power the console on and your games should be just where you left them. Just with more free space.
  • Once you have confirmed that everything is working, you can delete the old SD content and the temporary folder on your computer.

How to Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

Google Nest Android App Homescreen
Justin Duino

Nest users can now migrate their account over to Google. Doing so allows for a more secure sign-in process and better integration with Google Assistant, but kills most third-party integrations. There are more cons than pros, so we recommend waiting.

Why You Should Hold off on Making the Switch

When Google announced its plans for the account migration, it also stated that the company would eventually kill off the Works with Nest program. This change would require services to move over to the Works with Google Assistant program.

The main problem with that transition is that most services would lose direct access to Nest Products. As a result, users would need to set up routines that may or may not work the way they previously had.

The one caveat is if you’re using Amazon’s smart devices with your Nest products. Google stated that it is working with Amazon to make sure Alexa keeps all of its integrations.

If you’re not worried about losing third-party integrations with your Nest devices, go ahead and move to the next section.

RELATED: What the End of “Works With Nest” Means For You

Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

For this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through migrating your Nest account to Google using the Android app. The process is nearly identical on the iOS app and on the web. Additionally, you will need to be running version 5.38 of the Nest app.

Note: Migrating your Nest account to Google is not reversible. Once you confirm the switch, you won’t be able to use your Nest login again.

First, open the Nest app on your device or visit the Nest website and ensure that you’re signed in. Next, select the gear icon in the top-right of the screen to take you to the settings menu. If you’re on the web, you’ll need to click on your avatar and then choose “Settings”.

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How to Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

Google Nest Android App Homescreen
Justin Duino

Nest users can now migrate their account over to Google. Doing so allows for a more secure sign-in process and better integration with Google Assistant, but kills most third-party integrations. There are more cons than pros, so we recommend waiting.

Why You Should Hold off on Making the Switch

When Google announced its plans for the account migration, it also stated that the company would eventually kill off the Works with Nest program. This change would require services to move over to the Works with Google Assistant program.

The main problem with that transition is that most services would lose direct access to Nest Products. As a result, users would need to set up routines that may or may not work the way they previously had.

The one caveat is if you’re using Amazon’s smart devices with your Nest products. Google stated that it is working with Amazon to make sure Alexa keeps all of its integrations.

If you’re not worried about losing third-party integrations with your Nest devices, go ahead and move to the next section.

RELATED: What the End of “Works With Nest” Means For You

Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

For this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through migrating your Nest account to Google using the Android app. The process is nearly identical on the iOS app and on the web. Additionally, you will need to be running version 5.38 of the Nest app.

Note: Migrating your Nest account to Google is not reversible. Once you confirm the switch, you won’t be able to use your Nest login again.

First, open the Nest app on your device or visit the Nest website and ensure that you’re signed in. Next, select the gear icon in the top-right of the screen to take you to the settings menu. If you’re on the web, you’ll need to click on your avatar and then choose “Settings”.

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How to fix Quick Look stuck at loading on macOS

Quick look is feature on macOS that allows you to quickly preview a file. It supports quite a few different file formats and it’s so popular, there are apps that replicate it on Windows 10. The feature is great because it’s quick but if Quick Look tends to get stuck, or takes a long time to actually show the file you want to preview, it defeats the purpose of having it. If you have Quick Look stuck at loading, here’s how you can fix it.

Fix Quick Look stuck at loading

Open Finder and navigate to the following location;

~/Library/QuickLook

Here, there should be a file called DropboxQL.qlgenerator if you use Dropbox on your Mac. Delete this file. If you do not use Dropbox on your Mac, you can skip this step however, if other cloud service apps are installed on your system, and one of them has a “qlgenerator” file in this location, delete it.

Next, Restart Finder. Tap the Command+Option+Escape keyboard shortcut, select Finder, and click Relaunch.

After you restart Finder, open Terminal and run the following command. You will need to authenticate with your user password.

sudo update_dyld_shared_cache -force

The command takes about a minute to complete but it may take less or more time depending on your system.

This next step might take a little time. Open Activity Monitor. You can open it from the Launchpad, or you can search for it via Spotlight. Once it’s open, look for all Quick Look processes. Tap the Q key and it will jump to the first process that begins with that letter. Keep tapping it until you find a Quick Look process. With the process highlighted, click the close button at the top (see screenshot below) to quit it. Repeat this for all Quick Look processes. Additionally, look for and quit all QuickLookSatellite processes.

Restart Finder again the same way you did before. When you next select a file and tap the Spacebar, the Quick Look preview will open much faster.

We’ve highlighted Dropbox as one of the apps that may cause problems with Quick Look but it may not be the only one. Other cloud service apps might also be to blame, and desktop apps i.e., those that do not work with an online service might also be causing the problem. As such, those apps may have a qlgenerator in the Quick Look folder. You can try deleting them. It won’t have any long or short term negative effects on your Mac. The files will automatically be generated again when you use Quick Look.

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How to download torrent files in sequence on Windows 10

A torrent isn’t always a single file. It can be multiple files that are all downloaded via a single torrent. These files may, or may not be in a particular sequence but if they are, and you want to download them in that sequence you have two options. There’s a manual way to do it which requires time, constant user intervention, and it works on any and all torrent clients. The second method works but with specific torrent clients only.

Download torrent files in sequence

The first method, which works regardless which torrent client you’re using requires that you skip all files except the first one that you want to download. When the first file has been downloaded, you will have to manually select the second file and begin downloading it.

Disclaimer: The screenshot below is for illustrative purposes only. Do not pirate copyright protected content.

Go ahead and add the torrent. Allow it to load a list of the files it will download. Select all the files except the first one in the sequence, right-click one of the selected files, and select the ‘Don’t Download’ option from the context menu.

When the first download is complete, select the second file, right-click it, and select Start.

If you don’t want to have to manually intervene each time a file download completes, you can use the qBittorrent client. It has an option automatically download file in sequence. The client is free, and open-source. Go ahead and install it. When you add a torrent, there’s an option to ‘Download in sequential order’. Select it, and then add the torrent to the client. The files in the torrent will now download in sequence. The files must already be sorted into a sequence for this to work.

There are some other clients that have this same option but we can’t give you an exhaustive list of them all. If you’d rather not use the qBittorrent client, check if the one you prefer has a similar setting. If it doesn’t, and it also doesn’t support plugins, or a plugin that adds this feature isn’t available, you’re going to have to switch torrent clients.

For what it’s worth, qBittorrent isn’t a bad client by any measure. It has more than just the basic features that a torrent client has and clearly, a few more than the basic ones. The UI might be a bit outdated for Windows 10 but there are apps out there that look far worse.

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